The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame has named its newest 16 members, who will be inducted July 11 at the State Theater in Elizabethtown.
This latest class brings the number of Hall of Famers to 65. It will be increased to 100 to mark the 100th anniversary of the boys' state tournament in 2018.
The newest members:
Winston Bennett (1979-83): Part of Male's outstanding basketball tradition, Bennett was a three-time all-state player and Mr. Basketball. He starred at the University of Kentucky and played in the NBA.
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Ron Bevars (North Hardin 1975-2013): Bevars was an institution at North Hardin where he coached for 38 years and won 805 games, including 12 region titles. His 1982 Trojans were state runners-up.
Jermaine Brown (Fairdale (1987-91): Part of Fairdale's back-to-back state title teams in 1990 and '91, and Mr. Basketball. He had more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career.
Jimmy Dan Conner (Anderson County 1967-71): Conner led the Bearcats to a state runner-up finish in 1971, and was named Mr. Basketball. He went on to have a standout career at UK.
Ukari Figgs (Scott County 1991-95): Figgs led Scott County to the 1995 state title and was MVP of the Sweet Sixteen and Miss Basketball. She went on to win an NCAA title at Purdue and was MVP of the Final Four. She also played on a WNBA championship team.
Travis Ford (Madisonville (1985-89): The Maroons star had 2,676 points and 677 assists in his career, and was a three-time all-state player. He helped Madisonville to the 1989 Sweet Sixteen, and went on to be a standout at UK. He's now coach at Oklahoma State.
Earle Jones (Maysville 1931-55): Jones had a career coaching record of 470-80, and led the Bulldogs to the 1947 state championship. His teams won 19 Sweet Sixteen games.
Lillie Mason (Olmstead 1977-81): Mason averaged 34 points and 15 rebounds as a senior, and had more than 2,500 career points. She was Miss Basketball, and went on to a standout career at Western Kentucky,
Jeff Mullins (Lafayette 1956-60): Mullins helped establish Lafayette's grand tradition as an all-state performer in 1959 and 1960, and was Mr. Basketball as a senior. He went on to become an All-American at Duke and had a 13-year career in the NBA. He later coached at UNC-Charlotte.
John Pelphrey (Paintsville 1983-87): He led Paintsville to three consecutive state tournaments, and finished his career with 2,497 points and 1,318 rebounds. He was Mr. Basketball. He was one of the "Unforgettables" at UK under Rick Pitino. He's now assistant coach at Florida.
Dickie Prater (Pikeville 1946-50): One of the greatest shooters ever to come out of the mountains, Prater scored more than 2,000 points and led the Panthers to the Sweet Sixteen in 1949 and '50. He was first-team all-state both years, and signed with UK.
Bobby Rascoe (Daviess County 1954-58): He led Daviess County to the state tournament in 1957 and 1958. He had 103 points in the '58 Sweet Sixteen. He went on to star at Western Kentucky under Ed Diddle.
Mike Silliman (St. Xavier 1958-62): A three-time all-state player, Silliman led St. X to the 1962 state title and was named Mr. Basketball. He went on to star at West Point and started on the 1968 Olympic gold medal team.
Jock Sutherland (Lafayette 1955-79): Sutherland coached three schools (Gallatin County, Harrison County, Lafayette) to the Sweet Sixteen. He guided Lafayette to the 1979 state title. Sutherland is known for his quick wit and engaging personality, and being an entertaining character in basketball.
Jerry Thruston (Owensboro 1969-72): He led the Red Devils to the 1972 state title, and was all-state tournament in 1971 and '72. He was Mr. Basketball in 1972.
John Bill Trivette (1943-60): One of Kentucky's most innovative coaches, Trivette developed a full-court pressing defense in the early 1950s. He started the East-West All-Star Game in Pikeville in 1949 which was the first state-wide all-star series. He led Pikeville to seven Sweet Sixteen appearances.