Inductees One of a dozen Bradley basketball standouts to earn AII-American honors. Gene Melchiorre owns one of the most famous names in BU round ball history.
An early star at Ft. Sheridan at the end of World War II, he teamed with another BU great, Billy Mann, with the two moving on to Bradley for the 1947-48 season.
Over the next four seasons the Braves, coached first by A J. Robertson and then Forddy Anderson, won 119 games and lost just 22. It was the famed 1949-50 team that lost to CCNY in the title game of both the NIT and NCAA tournaments.
Standing just 5-foot-8, Melchiorre was both a top scorer (he still ranked ninth on the all-time BU list with 1,531 points at the time of his induction) and a brilliant passer.
He shot .404 from the field, firing at a .436 clip his sophomore season. He scored 71 points in the 1949 NIT (when BU finished fourth) and 44 in three games in 1950.
He was named to the Missouri Valley Conference first team three times and in his junior year made the all-NIT team and was a second team Helms and UPI All-American.
After his final season he was an Associated Press, United Press International and Colliers Magazine first team All-American and selected by the magazine, Sports Album, as one of the two best offensive players in the country.
Also a fine baseball player, Melchiorre played on the 1948 BU baseball team that was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
One of a dozen Bradley basketball standouts to earn AII-American honors. Gene Melchiorre owns one of the most famous names in BU round ball history.
This year’s Neve Harms recipient is not only a gracious volunteer, but a born organizer. Glen is the head man of the crew that manages the Bradley basketball games. They have been so efficient that they have been asked to manage the Missouri Valley Tournament in St. Louis. He has been a coach, a manager, a Caterpillar worker, and a member of the Bradley Alumni Board in 1967-68. Glen’s organizing skills first blossomed when he volunteered to form a stats, program for "Ozzie" and then Joe Stowell. This job gradually grew in technology until it reached its present status as the best of the rest. Later, Glen was asked by Ron Ferguson to be in charge of the Bradley basketball games, where at 84, he still runs the show.