Inductees Carla McGhee has done it all in a truly fabulous basketball career.
In her senior year she lead Peoria Manual to the 1986 Class AA state title. At the University of Tennessee, she played a major role on two NCAA championship teams. She was a member of the unbeaten 1996 U.S. Olympic team that won the Gold Medal, and she played professional basketball both in the U.S. and abroad.
The 6-foot-2 standout averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds for Manual, leading the Rams to a 27-3 season, climaxing her prep career with a 24-point title game against Chicago Marshall.
Tennessee won NCAA titles in her freshman and junior seasons, the Vols going 35-2 in 1989 in winning their second title. An almost fatal car accident cost her her sophomore season.
In all, she played 101 games for Tennessee shooting .496, scoring 612 points and grabbing 516 rebounds.
In 1990-94 she played professional basketball in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. She was named to the 1995 U.S. Pan-American Games team, but the Games were cancelled.
She played in all eight games for the U.S. in the 1996 Olympics, shooting .385 and scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds as the U.S. rolled over Cuba, Ukraine, Zaire, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Australia again and Brazil. Prior to the Olympics, the team went unbeaten in a 52-game exhibition schedule.
She also played professionally in the WNBA and the ABL. At the time of her induction, she was an assistant basketball coach at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Carla McGhee has done it all in a truly fabulous basketball career.
|1995-96 Manual Boy's Basketball Team|
Wayne McClain’s 2nd year as head coach culminated in the 3rd consecutive IHSA Class AA Championship for Manual. The tournament was held at a new venue, Peoria’s Carver Arena. The Rams defeated Thornton of Harvey (57-51) in a rematch of the previous season’s title game. Sophomore guard, Frank Williams was the game’s leading scorer with 16 points. The Rams completed another spectacular season with a 31-2 record. Manual’s Sergio McClain (GPSHOF class of 2013) and Marcus Griffin, were selected to the All-State 1st Team. McClain was also named co-MVP of the state finals.