Quartet of former Hoosiers to join Indiana Basketball HoF

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame has announced its 56th induction class, which will be honored on March 22, 2017.

The 14-man class includes a quarter of former Hoosiers — Alan Henderson, Phil Isenbarger, Bob Reinhart and Steve Risley.

Henderson, along with former Purdue standout Glenn Robinson, was selected for induction in his first year of eligibility (26 years after high school graduation). The duo join just nine players to previously receiver that honor — Steve Alford, Damon Bailey, Kent Benson, Larry Bird, Dave Colescott, Kyle Macy, George McGinnis, Rick Mount and Oscar Robertson.

Henderson averaged 27.4 points and 15.4 rebounds per game a senior for state runner-up Indianapolis Brebeuf. He finished with 2,419 points, graduating as the all-time leading scorer in Marion County history and fifth in state history ahead of a record-breaking, All-American career at IU and 12 seasons in the NBA.

He’ll be joined in the Hall of Fame by Isenbarger, a 1977 graduate of Muncie North, where he led the Titans to a 57-11 record in three seasons, earning all-conference and all-state honors. At Indiana, Isenbarger won two Big Ten championships and was a senior co-captain of the Hoosiers’ 1981 NCAA championship team. After his playing career, Isenbarger was heavily involved in youth sports, serving as an assistant basketball coach for both boys and girls at Zionsville High School, and is now a partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll Law Firm in Indianapolis.

One of his Hoosier teammates was Risley, who set numerous career records at Lawrence Central, averaging a double-double over three years. He averaged 24.5 points and 12.1 rebounds as a senior, leading the Bears to a regional championship and becoming an Indiana All-Star. His 1,690 points and 1,172 rebounds were school records, and he also held the mark for steals and blocked shots. At Indiana, Risley was a part of two Big Ten champions, three NCAA tourney teams and the ’81 champions. Following a professional career in Italy, he served in the office of then-U.S. Senator Dan Quayle, followed by a 24-year career with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Risley now lives in Fishers.

The final Hoosier who will join the Hall is Reinhart, a point guard for two-time sectional champion Dale (now Heritage Hills) who became a two-sport athlete at IU, playing basketball under Branch McCracken before excelling on the baseball diamond, including as captain of the 1961 team that set the mark for best single-season win percentage. Reinhart went on to a basketball coaching career, starting in Oakland City before coming rising to greatness in the state of Georgia. He won three state championships, was twice state runner-up, enjoyed a stint as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks under Mike Fratello and then went on to coach at Georgia State, leading the Panthers to the 1991 NCAA Tournament. Since 1993, Reinhart has served as an NBA scout for six teams, including with the Miami Heat since 2008. He resides in Atlanta.