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Former Patriot coach to be elected to hall of fame

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By Larry Goffinet

NEW CASTLE—Burke Scott, Heritage Hills boys basketball coach from 1975-79 and starting guard on Indiana University's 1953 national championship team, has been elected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Scott was one of 15 men whose elections were announced Monday. They will be inducted at the hall’s 50th annual men’s banquet March 23 at the Primo Banquet Hall on the south side of Indianapolis.

“I’ve received quite a few honors, but this would have to be the best one (since it’s) for the entire state of Indiana,” Scott said Monday night.

He compiled a 57-30 career record for the Patriots. In his first season he won the PAC championship and was 17-6 the next season.

In all Burke coached high school basketball in Indiana 13 years at Marshall Township, Plainville, Loogootee St. John’s, Cascade and Heritage Hills.

He also served as guidance director at Heritage Hills, retiring in 1991.

As a junior at Tell City, Scott led the Marksmen to an a 23-1 record, including a sectional championship.

Scott’s success in high school caused IU Coach Branch McCracken to recruit him. Scott started on the Hoosiers’ NCAA championship team as a sophomore.

His exact statistics are hard to track down, though he said he averaged “around 14 to 15 points a game” for Tell City and “about 15 points a game as a senior at IU. My overall average at IU was about 10 points a game.”

Assist statistics were not kept by either team then, but Scott might have had impressive totals there too. “That’s all I did—pass the ball,” he said.

After graduating from IU, he served in the Army then went into coaching.

Now living in Evansville, he said he suffered a stroke “about four or five years ago,” but “I’m doing OK. I lost my equilibrium a lot and I kind of stumble, but some people say that comes from being 77 years old.”

Tickets for Scott’s Indiana Hall of Fame induction banquet will be made available in early 2011. For more information call the Hall at 765-529-1891 or e-mail info@hoopshall.com.