Inductees A never-give-up philosophy made Jim Les one of the most exciting players in Bradley basketball history and led him to a six-year career in the NBA.
A three-year standout for Bradley after transferring from Cleveland State, Les was a vital part of Bradley's 1985-86 team that went 32-3 before losing to Louisville in the NCAA tournament.
A brilliant defensive player and floor leader with a solid offensive punch that included a deadly 3-point shot, Les was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year for 1986.
He won the Gene Morse Trophy as BU's top defensive player three times, led the team in assists all three of his varsity seasons, was second on the all-time Bradley assist list and ninth on the all-time NCAA assist list, with 884 at the time of his selection to the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.
He was drafted in the third round of the NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, but
made his NBA debut with Utah. He also played with Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers.
He spent part of what was to be a lengthy pro career in the Continental Basketball Association.
He appeared in 297 NBA games. He shot .401 overall with 361 field goals in 908 shots and .405 from three-point range with 191 of 472. HE was .815 from the free throw line, had 370 career rebounds, 886 assists, 165 steals and 1,160 points.
 He's hired as head coach of Bradley University.
A never-give-up philosophy made Jim Les one of the most exciting players in Bradley basketball history and led him to a six-year career in the NBA.
|1986-87 Manual Boy's Basketball Team|
The Rams finished the season with a 31-1 record, including a perfect 14-0 mark to win the Mid-State 10 Conference title. Ranked No. 1 in the state all season and No. 5 in the USA Today high school basketball national rankings, Manual defeated state #2 Rock Island High School and eventual state champion East St. Louis Lincoln High School during its undefeated regular season. Its bid for the state title was derailed in a classic game, however, as the Rams were knocked out of the state tournament when Quincy ended an epic, triple-overtime game with a 25-foot buzzer beater. Manual’s starting lineup in 1986-87 included three players who went on to play NCAA Division I basketball – Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Famers David Booth (DePaul) and Curtis Stuckey (Drake/Bradley), as well as Lynn Collins (Arizona State).