Inductees Hersey Hawkins has participated in basketball at ever level with tremendous skill.
The former Chicago prep star is Bradley's all-time scorer with 3,008 points, shooting .539 and averaging 24.1 points for his 125 college games. His 63 points at Detroit U. is a Bradley record.
In his senior year, 1987-88, he was a consensus all-American, being named to seven dream teams while leading the nation in scoring with a 36.3 average.
He was Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year twice, made the all-conference teams his final three seasons, and was Bradley's MVP three times, tying in 1986 with current coach Jim Les.
Drafted sixth in the first round of the NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, he was dealt to
Philadelphia and played 13 years in the NBA.
He started with five years with the 76ers, then two with Charlotte, four with Seattle, one with the Chicago Bulls and a final year with Charlotte in 2001-2002.
For 13 seasons he scored 14,470 points, made 1,126 3-point field goals and averaged 14.7 points.
In his first five seasons with Philadelphia he averaged 15.1, 18.5, 22.1, 19.0, and 20.3. During one stretch he played in 527 consecutive games. He appeared in 983 games, starting 896.
He was selected to the 1988-89 NBA all-Rookie team and in 1998-99 won the NBA Sportsmanship
Award. And it was Hersey Hawkins who scored the 7,000,000th point in NBA history!
Hersey Hawkins has participated in basketball at ever level with tremendous skill.
Hockey was a sport local fans could watch only if they went to Chicago or St. Louis until BardezBanian founded the Peoria Stars in 1959.
The two were with the Pekin Stars until 1970, when they formed the Peoria Blades, on the outdoor rink at Logan, in 1971. The Logan "bubble" went up the next year and the Blades, through membership in the Continental League, gave Peoria a solid taste of hockey.
BardezBanian played with the Blades for a few years, then became president while Olson always served as the team's general manager.
And the two gave hockey a boost whenever they could. BardezBanian coached the Bradley University club team for many years and both were instrumental in starting and maintaining youth hockey in Pekin and Peoria.
Both are now retired, Olson from Caterpillar's Mossville plant and BardezBanian from a management position with the City of Peoria.