Inductees Hersey Hawkins has participated in basketball at ever level with tremendous skill.
The former Chicago prep star is Bradley's all-time scorer with 3,008 points, shooting .539 and averaging 24.1 points for his 125 college games. His 63 points at Detroit U. is a Bradley record.
In his senior year, 1987-88, he was a consensus all-American, being named to seven dream teams while leading the nation in scoring with a 36.3 average.
He was Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year twice, made the all-conference teams his final three seasons, and was Bradley's MVP three times, tying in 1986 with current coach Jim Les.
Drafted sixth in the first round of the NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, he was dealt to
Philadelphia and played 13 years in the NBA.
He started with five years with the 76ers, then two with Charlotte, four with Seattle, one with the Chicago Bulls and a final year with Charlotte in 2001-2002.
For 13 seasons he scored 14,470 points, made 1,126 3-point field goals and averaged 14.7 points.
In his first five seasons with Philadelphia he averaged 15.1, 18.5, 22.1, 19.0, and 20.3. During one stretch he played in 527 consecutive games. He appeared in 983 games, starting 896.
He was selected to the 1988-89 NBA all-Rookie team and in 1998-99 won the NBA Sportsmanship
Award. And it was Hersey Hawkins who scored the 7,000,000th point in NBA history!
Hersey Hawkins has participated in basketball at ever level with tremendous skill.
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.