After a 10-month pandemic delay, the 2020 honorees of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame recently took center stage at the State Theater for their formal induction ceremony. The 2021 inductees also will have a delayed celebration but for a very different reason.
Organizers were unable to secure a necessary block of hotel rooms locally for the scheduled July weekend because of the Youth World Series scheduled at the Elizabethtown Sports Park.
Because of the popularity of a travel baseball event offering teams a five-game guarantee, the basketball standouts instead will be celebrated Aug. 14, according to Rick Walters, a member of the Hall of Fame board.
The 12 scheduled for induction include nine recognized for their playing days.
Frank Selvy, who graduated from Corbin High and later played in the Los Angeles Laker backcourt with Jerry West; three also remembered for their University of Kentucky playing days in Derek Anderson, Bob Mulcahy and Dirk Minnifield; two-time All-state selection Pat Tallent of Maytown; Clarence Wilson of Horse Cave High and later a 16-year member of the Harlem Globetrotters; Barney Thweatt, who was team captain for the 1948 unbeaten state champions at Brewers High; plus girls’ basketball standouts Sara Hammond of Rockcastle County and Sarah Elliott Cannon of Jackson County.
The class also includes coaches Rodney Woods of Wayne County, Bill Brown of Louisville Southern and Tim Riley, who won the 2004 state title at Warren Central and more recently led Owensboro Catholic to back-to-back region championships. Riley, who is still coaching, also has a local connection. Earlier in his career he was an assistant coach at North Hardin on the staff of Hall of Famer Ron Bevars.