NEW CASTLE – Encompassing success on the Indiana basketball landscape including high school state championship players and coaches, college national championship players, All-Americans, international professional careers and outstanding contributions to the sport and our state, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame proudly announces their 57th men’s induction class.
Steve Brett (Loogootee 1967), Harold Cox (Kokomo 1954), Marty Echelbarger (Muncie Central 1963), Rod Freeman (Anderson 1969), Bill Greve (Waveland 1955), John Heaton (Bloomfield 1958), Jimmie Howell (Lapel 1972), Larry Parks (Indianapolis Arlington 1958), Carl Short (Indianapolis Manual 1956), Earl Smith Jr. (Gary Roosevelt 1952), John Wellemeyer (Huntingburg 1967) and David “Poncho” Wright (Indianapolis John Marshall 1978). In addition, Bob Lovell (Plainfield 1969) will be inducted with the Silver Medal and the Centennial Award will be presented to the late Gene Thomas (Fortville 1918).
Cox was a record-setter at Kokomo High School before earning All-American and national championship credentials in college.
The leading scorer in the esteemed North Central Conference his senior year at Kokomo despite playing with a broken wrist, he graduated as the Wildkats’ career scoring leader on teams that went 60-19 and won three regionals under HOF coach Joe Platt. Also setting the school single-game scoring record, he was named an alternate to the 1954 Indiana All-Star team.
Playing for HOF coach Arad McCutcheon at Evansville College, he started 68 consecutive games and helped them to their first NCAA College Division National Championship as a senior co-captain in 1959 and 3rd place national finish as a junior.
He was a varsity head coach for 17 seasons at Portage, Kokomo Haworth and Castle high schools, notably leading Haworth to a 58-15 record between 1969-72, winning two sectionals and a regional championship, as part of his 185 career wins. Retired, he lives in Fishers.
Cox was previously inducted into the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
Courtesy of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame