Inductees Despite the scoring and record breaking accomplishments by Roger Phegley and Mitchell "J.J." Anderson over the past eight years, Chester Walker will probably still be the name most often mentioned when people talk about Bradley University's greatest basketball player.
Coming out of Benton Harbor, Michigan, in 1958, Walker played just three years for Bradley (because freshmen were not allowed to play varsity ball until 1972) but left his mark with a slew of game, season and career records. Among them were his totals for points in one game (50), field goals in one game (20), points as a senior (687), career scoring average (24.4) and, just to show that he was a complete player, career rebounds (1,036).
A consensus All-American for two seasons, Walker led the Braves to a 69-14 record in his three seasons which included a Missouri Valley Conference title share in 1962 and an NIT championship in 1960. His 1,975 career points leaves him second on the all-time Bradley charts (behind Phegley's four-year total of 2,064) and he is the only Bradley player in history to score 600 or more points in three straight seasons.
Also high on the career lists of the Missouri Valley Conference (fifth all-time scorer; fifth all-time rebounder), Walker went on to a brilliant pro career with the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA Champions in 1967-68) and Chicago Bulls and ranks very high on the all-time NBA lists for games played, points, minutes and rebounds.
Despite the scoring and record breaking accomplishments by Roger Phegley and Mitchell "J.J." Anderson over the past eight years, Chester Walker will probably still be the name most often mentioned when people talk about Bradley University's greatest basketball player.
Ulrich has coached in the Junior Football League and youth baseball for 32 years, while also serving as president of numerous youth leagues and director of the Peoria Diocesan basketball tournament. He began volunteering as coach for the Richwoods Browns JFL team in 1971 and served in a coaching or administrative capacity for the Richwoods JFL program from 1971-89. In addition, he served as a coach and president of the Richwoods League League, as well as Pony League, from 1975-85. During that same period, he coached the Bergan All-Star Pony League from 1981-84. In his role as St. Thomas Grade School athletic director for 32 years, Ulrich directed the 11 boys (six) and girls (five) basketball teams for 27 years, scheduling tournaments, ordering uniforms and hiring officials among his many duties. He also served as director of the Peoria Diocesan Tournament for 14 years. Ulrich coached basketball at Peoria Heights Grade School from 2006-11 and he volunteered as manager of a fastpitch team in the Peoria Park District Softball League for 23 years, while also playing on the team for several seasons. He currently is completing his two-year stint as the St. Philomena School 5th Grade boys basketball team and is preparing for his second year of coaching in the Irish youth baseball program.