IHSAA Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Several former prep players and coaches with ties to the Cedar Valley or northeast Iowa are being honored this week at the Iowa High School Boys State Basketball Tournament.
On Friday, 13 men -- eight student-athletes and five coaches -- will enter the IHSAA Hall of Fame. The players will be recognized at halftime of the Class 3A championship game, which begins at 5 PM at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The coaches will be honored at halftime of the Class 4A title game, which starts at 7:30 PM.
This week's Hall of Fame inductions are for the Class of 2020. Last year's induction ceremonies were canceled due to spectator restrictions at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following information was provided by the Iowa High School Athletic Association:
- Kerwin Dunham - Bondurant-Farrar: Graduated as No. 8 on all-time career scoring list (2,285 points) and led the Bluejays to the state semifinals in 2005 and 2006. He was a four-year starter and four-time conference champion, and won every home game of his varsity career. The three-time all-state selection went on to play at UNI.
- Jordan Eglseder - Marquette Catholic, Bellevue: A three-time first team all-state post and two-time state tournament qualifier, Egleseder graduated with 1,911 points and 1,109 rebounds. Druing Eglseder's career, the Mohawks' best finish was state runner-up in Class 1A in 2006. Eglseder played at UNI until 2010, graduating with 1,066 points and 656 rebounds in his career.
- Matt Gatens - Iowa City High: All-Tournament Team captain in 2008, leading the Little Hawks to the Class 4A state title and 25-1 season. He is the school's top career scorer (1,928 points) and was named Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior. Gatens became an All-Big Ten player at Iowa, finishing his career sixth in scoring and second in three-pointers made.
- Casey Harriman - Battle Creek-Ida Grove (BCIG): Twice a first-team all-state player and twice led the state in scoring as a 2006 graduate. The team was a state tournament qualifier in 2006, the school’s first appearance in 76 years. He graduated with 2,243 career points, then was a four-year player at Creighton.
- Cortez McGhee - Waterloo, East: An All-state and All-Tournament Team guard for the Trojans' Class 3A state championship team in 1990. He averaged nearly 20 points per game alongside Hall of Fame inductee Mike Davis.
- Brandon Myers - PCM, Monroe: Known better as an All-Big Ten tight end for Iowa football and later an eight-year NFL career, Myers was a four-year starter and four-time state tournament qualifier. He led the Mustangs to an unbeaten season and the Class 2A state title in 2004. Myers graduated with 2,198 career points, 857 rebounds and three all-state selections.
- Jake Wenig - Danville: A two-time All-Tournament Team captain in Class 2A and a key player for the Bears, he helped Danville win back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002. Wenig graduated in 2003 with 2,179 career points and 941 career rebounds. The three-time all-state selection went on to play at South Dakota State.
- Glen Worley - Iowa City, West: A three-time all-state player who led the Trojans to the 1997 tournament and state titles in 1998 and 2000. He graduated as West’s all-time leader in career points (1,431) and rebounds (744), then went on to star at Iowa. He was a four-year letterwinner who scored more than 1,000 career collegiate points.
- Russ Banzhaf: Won 423 games over 33 seasons at AGWSR and Ackley-Geneva , including a runner-up finish in 2001 and third-place finish in 2005. He won six North Iowa Cedar League - West titles, before retiring in 2019.
- Tim Bell: Won 527 games over 40 seasons, all at Ar-We-Va of Westside. He amassed a .636 career winning percentage at the Class 1A school.
- Mark Bigler: Retired in 2018 after 36 years as a head coach. He coached in over 800 games at Denver, Fort Madison, Burlington, and Davenport West, winning the 1984 state title at Denver.
- Dan Correy: Notched 288 of his 401 career wins at Beckman Catholic of Dyersville, where he guided the Trail Blazers to the state tournament in 2002, 2005, and 2007. He also coach a state tournament team at West Point of Marquette, his first stop.
- Bob Sandquist: Guided five teams to the state tournament -- three at Des Moines Hoover and two at Johnston. His best finish came as the Class 4A runner-up at Hoover in 1998. He retired with 498 wins over 35 seasons.