NEW CASTLE – Encompassing success on the Indiana basketball landscape including high school state championship players, Indiana All-Stars, All-Americans, international professional careers and outstanding contributions to the sport and our state, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame proudly announces their 58th men’s induction class, to be inducted into the hall on March 20, 2019.
The class includes Leesburg native Chet Kammerer, a 1960 graduate of Leesburg High School and class of 1964 at Grace College. Kammerer is one of 14 individuals in this year’s class.
Kammerer has seen success in basketball from the smallest of Indiana high schools to a member of the front office of multiple NBA World Champion squads. A 1960 graduate of 120-student Leesburg High School, his record-breaking career took off at Grace College. A 1964 graduate of Grace, he set the school and Indiana intercollegiate career scoring record of 2,504 points, along with 1,070 rebounds, earning NAIA All-American honors.
As the head coach and athletic director at Grace, his teams were 173-88 from 1965-1975. He found further success at Westmont College (CA), where teams were 359-156 from 1975-1992 and the floor would later be named “Kammerer Court.”
An assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1992-1994, his NBA career has included work as a scout for Milwaukee, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington. From 2002-2018, he was Vice President of Player Personnel for the Miami Heat, winners of the 2006, 2012, and 2013 NBA Championships. He is now Senior Advisor of Basketball Operations for the Heat. He resides in Redondo Beach, California.
Also included in the class are Ken Barlow, Orville Bose, Bill Butcher, Ed Butler, Sam Chase, Dan Dimich, Mack Gadis, Jerry Hoover, Will McCarter, Wayne Pack, Bob Smock, John Grimes and Clyde Grater.