Category: Hall of Fame

One of Bradley Basketball’s all-time great players and one of the newest members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of FameChet “The Jet” Walker was the honored guest at the annual Red-White Scrimmage Friday evening at the Renaissance Coliseum. Walker starred at Bradley from 1959-62, leading the Braves to the 1960 National Invitation Tournament championship and a Missouri Valley Conference regular-season co-title in 1962. One of seven players in program history to have his uniform number (31) retired, Walker remains the only two-time, consensus All-American in Bradley Basketball history. He finished his collegiate career as Bradley’s all-time leading scorer and his 1,975 points in three varsity seasons (freshmen were ineligible for varsity competition at the time) remain the fourth-best total in program history. His 54 career point-rebound double-doubles also remain the most in Bradley Basketball history and he is joined by Dick Estergard as the only two Braves to score at least 1,000 career points and grab at least 1,000 career rebounds. Following his Bradley career, Walker was the 12th overall selection in the 1962 NBA Draft by the Syracuse Nationals and he played 13 NBA seasons with Syracuse, Philadelphia and Chicago Bulls. A seven-time NBA All-Star, he was a member of the NBA world champion 1967 Philadelphia 76ers team, considered to be one of the best teams in league history. Walker played in 1,032 regular-season NBA games, scoring 18,831 points (18.2 ppg) and snaring 7,314 rebounds (7.1 rpg). He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.

-Bob

Former Bradley Basketball and NBA star Anthony Parker was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame Monday evening at half-time of the Bradley-UTPA basketball game. Parker played in one of the two previous on-campus games as a freshman, helping the Braves to an 81-63 victory versus Illinois Wesleyan Dec. 1, 1993 at Robertson Memorial Field House. The 1996 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, when he led the Braves to the MVC regular-season title and an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, Parker was a 3-time All-MVC performer during his time on The Hilltop and he remains the ninth-leading scorer in program history with 1,683 career points. Parker was the 21st overall selection in the 1997 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets and he enjoyed a 16-year professional playing career. Following three injury-plagued seasons in the NBA, Parker took his game overseas and became a star with Maccabi Tel Aviv, helping the team to five Israeli Premier League championships from 2001-06, as well as five Israeli Cups and three Euroleague titles (2001, 2004 and 2005). A two-time Euroleague MVP, Parker was named one of the top 50 players in the 2007-08 celebration of 50 years of European Club basketball. He returned to the NBA in 2006 by signing a free agent contract with the Toronto Raptors and he had been one of the league’s most-accurate 3-point shooters the last six seasons. In total, Parker played in 494 NBA games, including 423 starts, averaging 9.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27.8 minutes per game. He drained 40.4 percent (596-1,474) of his career 3-point field goal attempts and he scored 4,717 regular-season and playoff points. In addition to his statistical numbers, Parker won the Atlantic Division’s 2007 NBA Sportsmanship Award in a league-wide vote of players. He played the final three seasons in his 9-year NBA career for the Cleveland Cavaliers, teaming with LeBron James for the NBA’s best regular-season record in 2009-10.

-Bob

Thirteen time Peoria Motorcycle TT Champion Chris Carr held a press conference that his racing career will come to an end this season. The 44 year-old from Fleetwood, Pennsylvania has called this his Farewell to Flat Track Tour. Chris earned the title as the Prince of Peoria when he dominated the PMC 5/8 mile track on the 1990′s. On September 5, 2006, Carr broke the motorcycle land speed world record at the Bonneville Salt Flats (Utah), with a two-pass 350.8 mph average. He was the first motorcyclist to break the 350 mph barrier. Chris was inducted into the A.M.A. Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2004.

-Bob

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