Living legend

Kenny Davis, still Georgetown College’s leading scorer in men’s basketball almost 50 years after his career ended, has been named to the Class of 2020 for the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Georgetown College men’s basketball legend and 1972 United States Olympian Kenny Davis has been selected for induction into the Small College Basketball national hall of fame.

The hall announced its 2020 class on May 15, Davis was one of nine former athletes and 12 individuals in all to receive the honor.

“What an extraordinary group of inductees,” said John McCarthy, founder of the organization. “Once again, our committee did a tremendous job of selecting a highly impressive and accomplished group of inductees. I have spoken to all of the inductees, and there is a tremendous amount of excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the Class of 2020.

“While each inductee is considered a legend or icon at their respective school, you wouldn’t know it by talking with them. As a group, they are humble, grateful and high quality people. I’m proud to welcome them.”

A three-time NAIA All-American, Davis was the lost non-NCAA Division I player chosen to represent the U.S. in the Summer Olympic Games.

Since the 1992 “Dream Team,” that honor has gone strictly to professionals.

Davis was captain of the ill-fated ‘72 team. In addition to his team losing at the buzzer to the Soviet Union after a controversial call, Davis was a peripheral witness to the tragedy in which 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team and a West German police office were massacred by a Palestinian terrorist group.

In the aftermath of the basketball indignity, Davis and his teammates famously refused to accept their silver medals.

The latest hall of fame induction is the third for Davis, joining his prior enshrinements by GC and the NAIA.

Davis scored 3,003 points during his career, a record that still stands. More impressively, he earned that number before the advent of the three-point line.

Other players accompanying Davis in this year’s class: Eric Brand (Bethel/Indiana), Corey Crowder (Kentucky Wesleyan), Andre Foreman (Salisbury), Stan Gouard (Southern Indiana), Andy Panko (Lebanon Valley), Archie Talley (Salem/West Virginia), Dallas Thornton (Kentucky Wesleyan) and Larry Wilson (Nicholls State).

Coaches Roger Kaiser (West Georgia, Life) and Mike Lightfoot (Bethel /Indiana) and contributor A.O. Duer also will be enshrined.

Kal Oakes can be reached via email at sports@news-graphic.com.

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