Bill Garrett


Bill Garrett

High School: Shelbyville 1947


Inducted 1974

3-sport stand-out at Shelbyville High School...led Bears to 1947 state title ... Mr. Basketball that year ... at I.U. became first African American to play regularly in the Big 10...2-time all-Big 10...All-American ... 3-yr performer with the Harlem Globetrotters...returned to Indiana to coach Crispus Attucks...led the Tigers to the state championship in '59... Indiana coach of the year...after 10 years as coach and 2 as athletic director, moved to college ranks, including stint as assistant dean at IUPUI...beloved not only at Attucks, but at his hometown of Shelbyville where the gymnasium is named in his memory...died of a heart attack at age 45.

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