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Damon Bailey, Tom Bowman Represents Butler in 55th Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Class

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Damon Bailey, current Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach for the Butler Bulldogs, and Tom Bowman, former Butler men’s basketball players, have been inducted to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 55th Class. Bailey is inducted in his first year eligible (26 years after high school graduation), and becomes just the 9th player inducted into the Hall in their first year of eligibility (joining Steve Alford, Kent Benson, Larry Bird, Dave Colescott, Kyle Macy, George McGinnis, Rick Mount and Oscar Robertson).

Photo: Butler Athletics/Damon Bailey
Photo: Butler Athletics/Damon Bailey

Damon Bailey remains the all-time leading scorer in Indiana high school basketball history, 26 years after he graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School with 3,134 points. As the 1990 Indiana Mr. Basketball, he led the Stars to three state finals appearances, including the 1990 state championship, in which they won in front of a world-record crowd of 41,046 for a high school basketball game. Bailey was two-time Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year, a 1990 McDonald’s All-American, the consensus 1990 High School National Player of the Year and named by USA Today as the High School Player of the Decade.

After being named 1994 All-American as a senior at Indiana University, he graduated having won more games in an IU jersey than any other player (108) including a school-record 11 NCAA Tournament wins, tied for 2nd in games played (132), the all-time leader in three-point field goals made (166), 5th in three-point percentage (43.7%), tied for 2nd in assists (474), and 5th in career scoring (1,741). A 1994 2nd round draft pick of the Indiana Pacers, Bailey played with the CBA Fort Wayne Fury and in France. He has entered the coaching profession as head boys coach at Bedford North Lawrence from 2005-2007, then leading the BNL girls to a 4A state championship in 2014 as their head coach. A co-owner of Hawkins-Bailey Warehouse in Bedford, he is now in his 2nd season as an assistant coach with the Butler University women’s basketball program.

Tom Bowman was a three-year sharp shooting starter who led the Martinsville High School Artesians to two sectional championships before his record-setting career at Butler University. Totaling 1,334 points in three seasons, he broke Bobby Plump’s career scoring record for the Bulldogs. A three-time all-conference selection, he was the unanimous pick as the Indiana Collegiate Conference MVP in his junior season of 1961-62. He averaged a career-best 18.4 points per game that season, leading Butler to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and an upset win over #9 Bowling Green. A 1963 draft pick of the Baltimore Bullets and one of
six alternates for the 1964 U.S. Olympic team, he was one of 15 players named to Butler’s all Sesquicentennial team in 2006. Retired from the Franklin Life Insurance Company, he resides in Lafayette, Colorado.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 55th Annual Mens’ Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The day event will include a reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame museum that afternoon with a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis.

Reservations are available online now or through mail order in early 2016. Call the Hall at 765-529-1891 or visit www.hoopshall.com for more information or email info@hoopshall.com.

2016 Class (Name – High School, Graduation Year)
Damon Bailey – Bedford North Lawrence, 1990
Tom Bowman – Martinsville, 1959
Calbert Cheaney – Evansville Harrison, 1989
Henry “Hank” Clason – Goshen, 1938
Jim Fisher – Lebanon, 1979
Russ Grieger – Evansville Bosse, 1960
Bill Hahn – Michigan City Elston, 1959
Willie Humes – Madison, 1967
Brad Miley – Rushville, 1976
Terry Stillabower – Lafayette Jefferson, 1964
Joe Todrank – Holland, 1956
Charles “Butch” Wade – Columbus, 1963
Silver Medal
Mike Blake – Mt. Carmel (Chicago, IL), 1962
Centennial Award
Bill Diddel – Indianapolis Manual, 1904

Chris Fultz is a senior writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter

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