In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th.
Week Eighteen (5/19/22)
Peoria Manual High School/University of Illinois
One of our most storied players is Sergio McClain. Sergio played on four straight Class AA State Championship Teams at Peoria Manual High School. He was a three-time All-State selection and played for his father, Wayne McClain. In 1997, Sergio was Mr. Illinois Basketball. After high school Sergio attended the University of Illinois where he led the “Fighting Illini” to two Big Ten Championships and a 86-46 record from 1997-2001. He was a team co-captain as a senior when the Illini won 27 games and reached the NCAA Tournament Elite 8.
Illinois State University/U.S. Olympic Team
Charlotte Lewis did not have the opportunity to play for Peoria Woodruff High School because Title IX had not been in affect long enough for girls’ teams to be formed yet. However, that did not stop Charlotte from playing on the courts of Peoria. Jill Hutchison the head coach at Illinois State University was aware of this talented young lady and the rest is a great success story. Charlotte led the Redbirds to 4 straight Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) State Championships. Charlotte holds ISU records for rebounds in a game (27), season (345) and highest rebounding average 13.3. She played on the 1976 United States Olympic Team that won a silver medal and was a Kodak All-American in 1977. Sadly, Charlotte Lewis passed away on September 17, 2007.