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 Twenty-One (6/9/22)


Glenn 'Doc' Rivers
Proviso East High School/Marquette University/NBA

Glenn “Doc” Rivers was an All-Stater in 1978, 79 & 80 at Proviso East High School. Rivers was known as the “Slasher” in high school and could attack the basket from the inside and outside. He was tremendously effective on the Pirates full court express.  Glenn went on to break his uncle, Jim Brewer’s scoring records. In 1980 Rivers was named to the McDonald’s All-American Team. Glenn selected Marquette University as his college choice and scored 1,234 points in three seasons before deciding to enter the NBA draft.  He was given his nickname “Doc” by Julius Erving.  Rivers played in the NBA for 13 seasons scoring 9,377 points (10.9ppg) and notched 4,889 assists (5.7 apg).  After playing, “Doc” began coaching in the NBA and led the Boston Celtics to the NBA Championship in 2008 and is still coaching today.

CLICK HERE for Doc Rivers's Audio Biography

 Carla McGhee Action

Carla McGhee
Peoria Manual High School/University of Tennessee

Carla McGhee led Peoria Manual High School to the 1986 Class AA State Championship her senior year.  The 6’2” star averaged 20 ppg and 10 rpg. leading the Rams to a 27-3 record.  She scored 24 points in the title game as Manual defeated Chicago Marshall 57-46.  Carla went on to win two national championships at the University of Tennessee.  What is remarkable is that the 2nd national title came after recovering from a near fatal car accident.  She was also a member of the unbeaten 1996 United States Olympic Team that won the gold medal.  Carla played professionally in the United States and abroad.  Few players can say that won a state title, a NCAA Championship, an Olympic Gold Medal, but Carla McGhee can.

CLICK HERE for Carla McGhee's Audio Biography