Inductees Joe Allen, one of the most prolific scorers and rebounders in Bradley's fabled basketball history, is also remembered as one of the most courageous and determined performers ever to play the game. A crippling knee injury required a permanent brace throughout his career, but injuries never diminished his amazing shooting accuracy.
A hefty 6' 6", Allen was unstoppable once he got the ball in the pivot area and scored 1,763 points in his three varsity seasons (1966-68). His career average of 22.3 is surpassed only by the 24.4 of Chet Walker. He is also No. 4 on the all-time rebounding list with 865 in 79 games.
He was named a Helms All-American in both 1967 and 1968, was a member of the All-Missouri Valley Conference team in 1966-67-68 and was named to the Sugar Bowl All-Tournament team in 1966.
In 1967-68, his senior season, he led all NCAA Division I players when he shot .655%, hitting 258 of 394 shots. He also owns the school's career field goal mark, producing 672 field goals in 1,116 shots for .602%.
After his playing days were over, he returned to Bradley to be an assistant coach. He also played professional basketball in Italy and was named the leagueís MVP for three straight years.
Joe Allen, one of the most prolific scorers and rebounders in Bradley's fabled basketball history, is also remembered as one of the most courageous and determined performers ever to play the game. A crippling knee injury required a permanent brace throughout his career, but injuries never diminished his amazing shooting accuracy.
A 1972 graduate of Peoria Manual High School and 1977 Bradley University graduate, McClain enjoyed a nationally-recognized basketball coaching career at both the prep and collegiate levels. Following 18 seasons as an assistant for Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Famer Dick Van Scyoc, culminating with the 1994 IHSA AA state championship, McClain succeeded Van Scyoc for the next seven seasons and led the Rams to the final three state titles in 1995, 1996 and 1997 during their unprecedented state championship four-peat. The 1997 USA Today National High School Boys Basketball Coach of the Year, McClain’s Rams were USA Today’s No. 1 ranked boys basketball team in the nation in 1996-97. The three-time (1995-96-97) Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year, McClain led Manual to five straight Mid-State Conference championships from 1995 through 1999 and his teams advanced to the at least the Sweet 16 in the IHSA AA state tournament in each of his first five years. McClain joined the University of Illinois coaching staff in 2001 and helped the Illini to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including a run to the 2005 national championship game in St. Louis. Following one year as the director of student-athlete development for men’s basketball at Kansas State, McClain returned to high school basketball as the head coach at Champaign Central in 2013. He guided the Maroons to a 13-win improvement in his lone season on the bench before his untimely death in 2014.