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.
1975-76 Richwoods Boys Basketball Team
Front Row, left to right: R. Rice, manager, J. Grigsby, J. Hohstadt, P. Myers, R. Brandt, L. Biederbeck, F. Dothard
This Richwoods team had one of their finest seasons ever as they finished the season with 26 wins and only a single loss. The Knights won the conference for the 3rd consecutive year and also had their second straight undefeated conference season. The team ended their regular season schedule with a perfect 25-0 record and a No. 1 ranking in the state. The season started by winning the Round Robin tournament for a 6th consecutive year. The team also won the Pekin Holiday Tournament and Holcomb, Hohstadt, and Smith made the tournament team. In the regionals the Knights beat Canton in the first game, but suffered their only loss to Galesburg in overtime. The team still set the record of the best winning percentage in Richwoods history (.963). Derek Holcomb made All-State team and second team All-America as well as All Conference, Mark Smith made special mention All-State as well as All-Conference, Jim Hohstadt made honorable mention All-State as well as special mention All-Conference, Fred Dothard led the conference free throw percentage (.844) and along with Alen Cornelious made honorable mention All- Conference. Richwoods had an 83-6 overall record over three seasons and a 47-1 conference record. This was the best three-year record by any team in the state over this period.