Eighteen outstanding athletes, coaches and contributors were inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday in Columbus, along with three outstanding high school state championship teams. The 2023 Class will be enshrined Saturday in Columbus.

Included in this class was Perry Reese Junior.  He overcame racial and religious barriers to lead the Hiland Hawks for 16 seasons. His teams had a 304-85 record, won 11 conference championships, made five state tournament appearances and won a state championship in 1992. He enters the Hall posthumously; he died in 2000 at age 48.

Among the other individual inductees for the Class of 2023 are longtime basketball official Joe DeRosa, high school and college basketball champion Mike Phillips; Upper Sandusky girls’ basketball coach Andra Bell;  NBA veteran Jim Brewer; NBA champion Norris Cole; Ohio Northern men’s basketball coach Gale Daugherty; high school standout and college basketball coach Geno Ford; Ms. Ohio Basketball and college standout Amber Gray; record-breaking athlete Eric Hayes Zinn; Rice head coach Don Knodel; Ohio State women’s basketball star Nikita Lowery Dawkins; Gallia Academy basketball standout John Milhoan; Tipp City girls’ basketball coach Tom Rettig; Defiance College star Bill Szabo; Ohio State captain Robin Tucker; barrier-breaking athlete and coach Cleo ‘Chico’ Vaughn; and Euclid basketball standout Al Vilcheck.

The three teams to be recognized will be the 1967 Strasburg High School boys’ basketball state champions, as well as the 1982 and ’83 Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans girls’ state championship squads.