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-Six (7/14/22)

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Jack Sikma
St. Anne High School/Illinois Wesleyan University/NBA

Jack Sikma in 1973 led Class A St. Anne to a 4th place finish in the IHSA State Tournament.  He then attended Illinois Wesleyan University and led the Titans to three NAIA Tournaments.  At the time of his college graduation Jack owned almost every Illinois Wesleyan scoring record.  Sikma was a three-time CCIW Conference MVP and a three-time NAIA All-American.  He was the 8th player drafted in the 1977 NBA draft.  Jack’s impact in the NBA was immediate leading the Seattle Supersonics to three straight NBA playoff appearances.  He was a key player on their 1978 NBA Championship Team.   When his NBA career came to an end Jack had scored 17,287 points and grabbed 10,816 rebounds.  This is one of his best career performances of any high school player from Illinois.  Sikma belongs to several Hall of Fames including the Illinois Wesleyan Hall of Fame, The NAIA Hall of Fame, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and in 2019 he was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame.

CLICK HERE for Jack Sikma's Audio Biography


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Allie Quigley
Joliet Catholic Academy/DePaul University/WNBA

Allie Quigley was an All-American in basketball and volleyball at Joliet Catholic Academy.  She scored 2,348 points as a four-year starter.  During her senior season in 2004 she averaged 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3.7 assists.  Allie then starred for DePaul University scoring more than 2,000 points.  It should be pointed out that DePaul participated in the NCAA Tournament all four seasons that Allie played for the Blue Demons and reached the Sweet 16 in 2006.  Quigley was drafted by the WNBA Seattle Storm and is a three-time WNBA All-Star.  Today, Allie stars for the Chicago Sky and helped them win their first WNBA Title in 2022.

CLICK HERE for Allie Quigley's Audio Biography