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.
|1985 Outstanding Tri-County Sports Figure|
After long years of promoting and supporting sports projects and activities in the Peoria area, Pete Vonachen took on a leadership role in late 1983 as owner of the Peoria Chiefs, Class A professional baseball team. He returned pro baseball to Peoria in a most successful way. Under his direction Meinen Baseball Field was completely modernized to create comfort for the fans. An electronic scoreboard was installed, and adequate parking was provided. He made fun at the ballpark a reality.