Pat Graham, Indiana’s 1989 Mr. Basketball and the catalyst for Floyd Central’s drive to the Final Four that season, headlines the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2014 Silver Anniversary Team.
New Washington twin guards Scott and Jamie Matthews were also named to the 18-man squad to be honored during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony March 26 in Indianapolis.
The list also includes former Indiana University players Calbert Cheaney, Greg Graham and Chris Lawson, current Purdue coach Matt Painter, former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tony McGee and Richie Mount (the son of Purdue legend Rick Mount).
Graham averaged 32.4 points per game as a senior and finished as the second-leading career scorer (1,886 points) in Floyd Central history. His Highlanders, under coach Joe Hinton, won a regional overtime duel with Bedford North Lawrence and star Damon Bailey en route to the single-class Final Four. Floyd Central fell to Kokomo in the state semifinals.
Graham was also the Trester Award winner. He later scored 890 points in 104 career games at Indiana.
Jamie Matthews, an Indiana All-Star, scored 1,443 career points as the Mustangs won back-to-back sectional titles his junior and senior seasons under his father, Jim. He later completed his college career at Ball State and set a single-season assist record (207).
Scott Matthews scored 1,376 career points alongside his brother. He has coached high school basketball at Shawe Memorial, Austin and Clarksville.
Cheaney averaged 24.1 points as a senior at Evansville Harrison, then blossomed into one of Indiana’s best with the Hoosiers. He is the school and Big Ten career scoring leader with 2,613 points, and he was selected as the national Player of the Year and the John Wooden Award winner in 1993. He played 13 seasons in the NBA.
Painter, an Indiana All-Star from Delta, averaged 27.7 points and 7.4 assists as a senior. Following his playing career at Purdue, he moved to college coaching. After stops at Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois, he is in his ninth season with the Boilermakers.
The women’s Hall of Fame inductees will be announced next week, followed by the women’s Silver Anniversary Team.
Floyd Central’s Lauren Wyatt, Ellie Stewart, Mackenzie Fell and Christin Miller were named to the All-Hoosier Hills Conference team.
Columbus East, which won a Class 2-A regional, dominated the squad with five selections: Sydney Newell, Rachel Amlung, Molly Macy, Spencer Eudy and Olivia Smith.
The rest of the team: Bedford North Lawrence’s Bret Roberts; Seymour’s Claire Lenart, Brielyn Tidd and Kelley Sharp; New Albany’s Rachel Geveden and Stephanie Inglesias; Madison’s Alex Thurnall; Jeffersonville’s Devan Carrier; and Jennings County’s Sydney Kirchner.
Bedford North Lawrence, the defending Class 4-A state champion and two-time defending Hoosier Hills Conference winner, is ranked No. 8 nationally by MaxPreps and No. 11 in USA Today’s Super 25.