ILLINOIS ALL-CENTURY PICK, HALL OF FAMER ALLEN RAYHORN TABBED FOR
IBCA HOF INDUCTION
DeKALB, IL ---
Northern Illinois University mens basketball all-time great
Allen Rayhorn will be enshrined into the Illinois Basketball Coaches
Association Hall of Fame in ceremonies April 24 at Normal, IL.
City / Dakota) will be one of 20 players---along with teams, coaches,
media, and friends of the game ---inducted into the IBCA Hall of
Fame on Saturday night (April 24) in the Union Ballroom at Illinois
State University. The Hall of Fame announcement was made by Chuck
Rolinski, the executive director and treasurer of the IBCA.
one of the schools top Players of the Century, the 6-foot-9,
202-pound Rayhorn led the Huskies to their first National Collegiate
Athletic Association Division I Tournament appearance in 1982. The
Class A All-Stater from Dakota High School would eventually become
the No. 1 career scorer at Northern Illinois and in the tradition-rich
Mid-American Conference and then be selected in the National Basketball
Association draft by the Seattle Supersonics.
(1,848 career points) and rebounding (1,077 career boards) numbers
put him in the company of the MACs hardwood elite---including
greats such as Wally Szczerbiak, Howard Komives, Hal Greer, Nate
Thurmond, Bonzi Wells, Dan Majarle, Grant Long, Wayne Embry, Steve
Mix, Gary Trent, Ron Harper, Al Bianchi, etc. Upon his graduation,
only two Mid-Am players had more rebounds---Thurmond (1,925) and
Embry (1,117)---than The Horn.
didnt come in here with any great fanfare, said Hall
of Fame Northern Illinois head coach John McDougal, who was inducted
into the IBCA Hall of Fame in 1974, but he established himself
as one of the premier players in the history of NIU and the MAC.
is currently one of only 14 players in the 57-year history of the
Mid-Am to collect 1,000-point and 1,000-rebound career statistics.
He was the leagues initial Freshman of the Year (1978-79)
and first three-time All-MAC Postseason Tournament performer (1980-82).
Horn was named First-Team All-MAC three seasons (1980-82)
and Mid-Am Tourney Most Valuable Player (1982). At NIU, Rayhorn
became the programs first three-time team MVP during its major-college
Over the years,
the legacy grew. Rayhorn was inducted into the Northern Illinois
Athletics Hall of Fame (1990), plus named All-Decade and Player
of the Decade (1990), selected on the All-Time Chick Evans Field
House Team (1997), and tabbed on the All-Century Team in conjunction
with the programs Centennial anniversary celebration (1999).
As a senior,
Rayhorn made Honorable Mention Associated Press All-America and
Honorable Mention Basketball Weekly All-Mideast on the 16-14 Huskie
quintet that lost to Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament. In the
three Mid-Am Postseason Tourney games that led to the NCAA berth,
Horn averaged 20.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game,
plus shot .710 from the floor (22-of-31) and .810 from the free
throw line (17-of-21) in that span.
Rayhorn started a school-record 103 times in 115 consecutive career
appearances, produced 57 career point-rebound double doubles,
rejected an NIU-record 199 opposition shots, and dunked 47 times.
Horn graduated with at least 16 Northern Illinois records---including
an impressive career .556 (640-of-1,151) field-goal percentage.
Interesting enough, Rayhorn managed 16.1 ppg. and 9.4 rbpg. career
averages---on only 10 shots per game. He scored a single-game career-high
37 points vs. Toledo as a junior.
draft pick by Seattle, Rayhorn lasted in the NBA camp until the
final cut with a frontcourt that featured all-stars such as Jack
Sikma and Lonnie Shelton. Horn also played for the Rockford
Lightning in the Continental Basketball Association. As a prep,
he was a three-time Dakota cage MVP, a two-time First-Team Northwestern
Conference pick and league MVP. Rayhorn led the Indians to a 27-3
season, a Class A Elite Eight berth, and a legue championship by
averaging 23.1 ppg. and 15.2 rbpg. in 1977-78 for head coach Clair
Miller. He made the All-Durand Holiday Tournament, All-Area, Honorable
Mention All-State squads, and performed in the 1978 IBCA All-Star
two things that piqued my interest in him, said ex-Huskie
assistant coach Mark Coomes, who recruited Rayhorn and is now an
assistant at Illinois-Chicago. No. 1, Allen had an amazing
shooting touch for a big man and, No. 2, he had great timing on
reboundng and blocking shots. He brought intensity every night.
In any era of MAC basketball, hed be a great big man.
Rayhorn is the
fifth player from that 1981-82 Northern Illinois squad in the IBCA
Hall of Fame players wing---along with Tim The
Marshal Dillon, Jon Collins, current NIU assistant coach Carl
Armato, and transfer Brad Waller who sat out that winter, but practiced
with that group.
The honor is long overdue, Waller said about Rayhorn.
One of Allens attributes that stands out in my mind
was how he could play behind a guy on defense in the post and still
block his shot. A lot of times, you try to deny or front the post
man, and he still had the uncanny ability to block those shots.
Allen had a great (shooting) touch. And there wasnt a tougher
Rayhorn ...the best I ever played with. Allen was unselfish
to a fault. His shot was almost impossible to block. He had exceptionally
long arms and with the full extension, it was like he was 7-foot-2
instead of the 6-9. Being a farm kid, he was stronger than he looked.
Above all, Allen had great instincts, great heart, and knew the
fundamentals of the game. Could he play in todays game? Oh,
yes, hed be a 40-minute player.
Illinois player inductees into the IBCA Hall of Fame include Kenny
Battle (1996), Tim Bryant 1998), Jim Smith (2000), Billy Harris
(2002), Brian Molis (2002), and Donald Whiteside (2003). Tickets
for the IBCA HOF induction banquet cost $25 apiece and can be purchased
by contacting Rolinskis office at (AC 815) 452-2903. Reservations
must be made by April 1.
information, please contact Mike Korcek) -NIU-