Better late than never…
On Monday, Minnesotas High School Basketball Hall of Fame’s inaugural class was announced. Yup… It took this long for MN High School Basketball to create a HOF for former athletes. The hall, which is to be located at Target Center, is unrelated to the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) version. The main difference between the two lies with the type of inductees. The newly formed basketball-based royalty will be highly focused on athletes. If you visited the MSHSL shrine at their offices in Brooklyn Center, you will see that it is centered around coaches and administrators.
For a committee of longtime high school basketball coaches, reporters and others, Monday’s news was a long time coming. Those individuals have been working towards this goal since 2011, when they ventured to create this honor. After 7 years of perseverance, and sorting through over 100 years of history, their original class has officially been announced. As for the reaction of those selected?
You’d imagine it was something like this:
The group of 14 initial selections includes 9 players, 1 advocate, 2 coaches, a team, and a dynasty. The most notable, Kevin McHale (Hibbing – 1976) and Lindsay Whalen (Hutchinson – 2000), will be joined by the other Minnesota high school basketball legends below:
- Jim McIntyre: Mpls. Henry (1945)
- Ron Johnson: New Prague (1956)
- Mark Olberding: Melrose (1974)
- Randy Breuer: Lake City (1979)
- Faith Johnson Patterson: Marshall University (1980)
- Janet Karvonen-Montgomery: New York Mills (1980)
- Khalid El-Amin: Minneapolis North (1997)
- Girls’ Sports Advocate Dorothy McIntyre
- Coach Bob McDonald: Chisholm
- Coach Myron Glass: Rochester Loudes
- Boys’ Basketball Team: Edgerton (1960)
- Girls’ Basketball Team: Grand Meadow (1929-39)
The first official class will be enshrined on March 26 at the Mayo Clinic Square. Also that evening, they will be featured during halftime of the Timberwolves vs. Grizzlies game. As for whether or not the honorees will receive jackets, due to this being the first year, it’s not clear. In they event they do, I wonder if it’ll be gold like the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Moving forward, to be eligible for induction, coaches must be at least 15 years into their coaching career. As for players, they can’t be selected until at least 10 years after finishing high school.
For those of you already wondering, Tyus Jones graduated from Apple Valley in 2014.