Inductees This Bradley University basketball player out of Paris, Illinois, played four varsity seasons, making the1946-47 Associated Press 1st Team All-American and the Helms Foundation All-American team. He was Bradley's first two-time All-American. In 1947-48 he was an A.P. honorable mention selection. 1946-47 - 30 games, 326 points
His career shows he played in 113 varsity games, while scoring 798 points. In 2003, Dave was selected to the Braves' 1940s Team of the Decade. During his four years, Bradley won
112 games while losing 23 and appeared in three NIT and one NCAA postseason tournaments.
Year by year
1947-48 - 31 games, 239 points
1948-49 - 35 games, 202 points
1949-50 - 17 games, 31 points
In high school, he was the first IHSA player to ever go to `State" four consecutive seasons. His 1942 team finished 2nd and his `43 team won the state title. Dave joined Del Glover, Max Norman and John Cychol from that championship team as future Bradley Braves.
This Bradley University basketball player out of Paris, Illinois, played four varsity seasons, making the1946-47 Associated Press 1st Team All-American and the Helms Foundation All-American team. He was Bradley's first two-time All-American. In 1947-48 he was an A.P. honorable mention selection.
1946-47 - 30 games, 326 points
Jim Lewis served as Athletic Director, head football, golf, basketball, and baseball coach at Pekin Community High School during his career from 1933-1955. Jim received his BA from the University of Illinois and a masters from the University of Iowa. During his days at the University of Illinois he played football and basketball. Jim also served in the military. Jim Lewis started his coaching career at Pekin in 1933 with the baseball team. He compiled a record of 118-71-1 in eleven seasons under his direction. Lewis led Pekin to six regional titles in his seven seasons as basketball coach, including state trophies in 1947 (4th place) and 1948 (3rd place). Jim coached football for eleven seasons with a 71-30-1 record. The 1951 unbeaten Pekin football team was the first team in the history of the school to win ten games. The 1951 team was considered the mythical Number 1 team in the state. Pekin won both the Greater Peoria Illini Conference and the Big 12 Conference titles that year. Jim's golf teams excelled, winning a 3rd place (1948) and a 2nd place (1949) in the state tournament during his seven years as coach. Jim Lewis was one of the driving forces behind building Pekin Memorial Stadium. Jim was a member in three Halls of Fame, the Pekin High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and the IBCA Hall of Fame. Even by today's standards, Coach Lewis' coaching achievements are legendary.