Inductees A key contributor for the United States squad that defeated Brazil in the 1960 Olympics title game for the gold medal at Rome, this two-time Big Eight Conference Player of the Year at Kansas State joined the Peoria Cats of the National Industrial Basketball League in 1959. The 6-foot-8 Boozer scored 108 points and had 45 rebounds for the champion Cats in the 1960 Amateur Athletic Union Tournament at Denver to earn Most Valuable Player honors.
After setting a single-season record for a Cats player with 703 points, Boozer scored an AAU-record 33 for Peoria in the tournament opener against the Chicago Jamaco Saints. He finished the post-season (including Olympic Trials) with 162 points in seven games for the Cats.
Boozer went on to play with seven different teams in the National Basketball Association, with 12,964 career points and 7,119 rebounds. He was a starter in the 1968 NBA AllStar game.
A key contributor for the United States squad that defeated Brazil in the 1960 Olympics title game for the gold medal at Rome, this two-time Big Eight Conference Player of the Year at Kansas State joined the Peoria Cats of the National Industrial Basketball League in 1959. The 6-foot-8 Boozer scored 108 points and had 45 rebounds for the champion Cats in the 1960 Amateur Athletic Union Tournament at Denver to earn Most Valuable Player honors.
A 1974 Bradley University graduate and longtime financial consultant for MassMutual Financial Group, Paul Herzog has served as the public address "Voice of the Braves" for nearly 600 Bradley men's basketball games for the past 39 seasons, including every game the Braves have played at Carver Arena and Renaissance Coliseum. In addition to his volunteer service for Bradley, Herzog has served as the volunteer public address announcer for every game the Peoria Civic Center has hosted in the IHSA Boys Basketball State Tournament during its 20-year run in the River City.
While "PA" Paul is well-known for his role with Bradley Basketball and the IHSA, his community service extends far beyond Carver Arena. A Braves Club Board of Directors member for 20 years and a past president (1992-94) of the organization, Herzog also served as president of the Central Illinois Bradley Alumni Chapter (1983-85) and the Bradley University National Alumni Association (1990-91). He also has began emceeing the IHSA State Cross Country Championships awards ceremony in 1996.
Closer to his home in Germantown Hills, Herzog has coached in youth baseball and basketball house leagues and from 2006-13 he was a member of the Germantown Hills Athletic Association Board of Directors. He served as a committe co-chair in the effort to acquire land for the expansion of youth sports in Germantown Hills, which led to the addition of 20 acres to school district property. Herzog also brought a little of the Bradley Basketball experience to the Germantown Hills Grade School Boys Basketball program by serving as the public address announcer from 2008-12.
Herzog is the recipient of numerous service awards, including the Bradley Varsity Club Billy Stone Service Award, the Bradley University Lydia Moss Bradley Award, the IHSA March Madness Volunteer of the Year and the IHSA Distinguished Service Award. He was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.