Stephens, Martin to Enter Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Cuonzo Martin joins Everette Stephens in the 2014 Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame Class.
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Cuonzo Martin joins Everette Stephens in the 2014 Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame Class.
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April 1, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Former Purdue men's basketball greats Everette Stephens and Cuonzo Martin are among 21 former Illinois high school players being inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

The duo is part of an elite group of former Illinois high school players being inducted that includes Indiana's Eric Anderson, Eastern Illinois' Kevin Duckworth, Notre Dame's Laphonso Ellis and Arkansas' Darrell Walker.

Stephens, a guard from Evanston High School, attended Purdue from 1985-88 helping the Boilermakers to a 96-28 record and Big Ten titles in 1987 and 1988. He is one of two players in school history with 1,000 points, 300 assists and 150 steals while earning a pair of All-Big Ten accolades. Stephens would go on to play 38 games in the NBA with Indiana and Milwaukee.

While at Evanston High School, Stephens averaged at least 15.0 points per game all four seasons and was named a Coaches All-American as well as earning All-State and All-Conference accolades while leading his squad to a state runner-up finish. Stephens' son, Kendall, is currently a freshman at Purdue and was recently named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Everette is an assistant coach at St. Charles East High School.

Martin, a guard from Lincoln High School in East St. Louis, Ill., is Purdue's 14th all-time leading scorer with 1,666 points from 1992-95, helping the Boilermakers to 92-37 record, Big Ten titles in 1994 and 1995 and a spot in the Elite Eight in 1994. His 91 three-pointers in 1995 are the second most in a season in Purdue history, earning first-team All-Big accolades as a senior.

While at Lincoln High School, he teamed with fellow Hall of Fame inductee LaPhonso Ellis to win three state title from 1987-89, and was named a legend of the IHSA State Basketball Tournament in 2007. Martin would play seven games in the NBA with Vancouver and Milwaukee, before entering the coaching ranks.

 

 

He currently is the head coach at Tennessee, where he recently guided the Volunteers to the Sweet 16 this past year.

In addition, former Purdue baseball player Mitch Koester, who was the Boilermakers' starting shortstop from 2001-04 and an All-Big Ten performer, was also recognized. Koester, a native of Teutopolis, Ill., starred on the hardwood at Midwest Central High School, earning second-team all-state and conference and area player of the year honors as senior.

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