Silliman, Bennett, Brown represent Louisville in class
Three all-time greats from Louisville are among the 16-member class that will be inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Mike Silliman, Winston Bennett and Jermaine Brown are members of the fourth class that will go into the hall during a ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. at the State Theater in Elizabethtown, Ky.
Silliman led St. Xavier to the state championship in 1962 and was named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball. He was a three-time All-State selection and went on to play at Army under coach Bob Knight and one season with the NBA’s Buffalo Braves. He as the captain of the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the 1968 Summer Olympics.
Bennett starred at Male and was Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball and a McDonald’s All-American in 1983. He went on to play at the University of Kentucky and professionally in Italy and the NBA. He also was a head coach at Kentucky State and Mid-Continent.
Brown won state championships in 1990 and 1991 at Fairdale, the last school to win back-to-back Sweet 16 titles. Brown was named the MVP of both tournaments and was Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 1991. He played at Georgetown College.
Other members of the induction class are Pikeville’s Dickie Prater (Class of 1950), Scott County’s Ukari Figgs (1995), Owensboro’s Jerry Thruston (1972), Madisonville’s Travis Ford (1989), Anderson County’s Jimmy Dan Conner (1971), Paintsville’s John Pelphrey (1987), Daviess County’s Bobby Rascoe (1958), Lafayette’s Jeff Mullins (1960), Olmstead’s Lillie Mason (1981), Pikeville’s John Bill Trivette (coach, 1943-1960), Lafayette’s Jock Sutherland (coach, 1955-79), North Hardin’s Ron Bevars (coach, North Hardin, 1975-2013) and Maysville’s Earle Jones (coach, 1931-55).
By 2018, the 100th anniversary of Kentucky high school basketball, the Hall of Fame plans to have 100 members for what it’s calling its Centennial Class.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and followed on Twitter @kyhighs.