Special to the Enterprise
Former Harlan and University of Kentucky great Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones will receive the ultimate honor of high school hoops in the commonwealth as he will be among the inaugural class of 16 to be inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
The newly established Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame will induct the inaugural class on July 14, 2012 at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown. The first Hall of Fame class is comprised of basketball legends, both coaches and players, from the 1940s thru the 1990s.
The 2012 class includes: “King” Kelly Coleman (Wayland High School); Wes Unseld (Seneca High School); Jim McDaniels (Allen County High School); Darrell Griffith (Male High School); Geri Grigsby (McDowell High School); Clemette Haskins (Warren Central High School); Rex Chapman (Apollo High School); Richie Farmer (Clay County High School); Bobbie Keith (Clay County High School); Roy Bowling (Laurel County High School); S.T. Roach (Dunbar High School); Cliff Hagan (Owensboro High School); Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones (Harlan High School); Ralph Beard (Male High School) Ralph Carlisle (Lafayette High School); and Clem Haskins (Taylor County High School).
“We believe this is a very special sporting event, but also an historic event.” said Rick Whobrey, the Hall’s Executive Director “Never before have so many true Kentucky High School Basketball legends been together at one time in one place”.
The induction ceremony which will begin at 8:00 p.m., and will feature a reception with the Hall of Fame players and coaches beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets to the event are $30 and are available through the Hall of Fame office, First Citizens Bank in Elizabethtown and the Historic State Theater.
The Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches began work to form the Hall of Fame in 2008.