Former Madison Cub Larry Humes (file photo)
Former Madison Cub Larry Humes (file photo)
Former Madison Cub Larry Humes will be enshrined next to some of the best who have ever played the game when he is inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday near Kansas City, Missouri.

Humes graduated from Madison High School in 1962 after leading the Cubs to the state semifinals and earning Mr. Basketball honors. He followed that with a record-setting career at Evansville College where he was a two-time Associated Press Little College All-American and a two-time United Press International Small School All-American.

Humes led the Aces to the NCAA College Division Championship in both the 1964 and 1965 seasons and scored a then school-record 2,236 points. He is still second on the school’s all-time list.

Humes had a brief stint with the Indiana Pacers after college but eventually went into coaching both at the high school and collegiate level before retiring.

Joining Humes in this year’s class are some of the giants in the sport, led by former University of Kansas coach Phog Allen, considered to be the “Father of Coaching,” who coached at Baker University, Haskell Indian Nations and Warrensburg Teachers College before setting off on his legendary career at Kansas.

Other inductees include: Former NBA player World B. Free of Guilford, former Harlem Globetrotter Marques Haynes of Langston, former Wisconsin and Wisconsin-Platteville coach Bo Ryan, Winston-Salem State’s Cleo Hill, Oregon Tech coach Danny Miles, North Park’s Mike Harper, Hamline’s Vern Mikkelsen, Wheaton’s Mel Peterson, Evansville’s Ed Smallwood; and Winona State’s John Smith.

“We are very excited to welcome the Class of 2019 into our Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame,” said SCB founder John McCarthy. “This is a tremendously accomplished and impressive class, and I am very thankful to our Hall of Fame Committee, as they have spent a great deal of time researching and analyzing many, many potential candidates for this prestigious induction. Congratulations to every member of this special class.”

The induction ceremony will be held at the Missouri Theatre in St. Joseph on Thursday with the SCB Division II Classic being held at the Civic Arena on Friday and Saturday.