Hamilton County will again officially recognize its all-time basketball great later this month.
During a dedication ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15, the Hamilton County High School gymnasium will be named in honor of Jerry Sloan and in recognition of his distinguished basketball career.
In August, the Hamilton County Unit 10 Board of Education approved naming the high school gym in Sloan’s honor.
The gym will officially be dedicated as “Jerry Sloan Gymnasium” in a ceremony to take place immediately before the varsity game at about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15.
Sloan excelled in basketball at the school then known as McLeansboro Township High School under coach Gene Haile.
He was named first-team all-state in 1959-60 and currently ranks second all-time at the school in career points, having scored 1,720 points from 1957 to 1960.
Sloan graduated from MTHS in 1960. He went on to play basketball at the University of Evansville (Ind.) and then professionally in the National Basketball Association, spending most of his playing career with the Chicago Bulls.
He went on to a successful coaching career with the NBA’s Utah Jazz, and his accomplishments led to his being named to the national Basketball Hall of Fame.
Sloan’s MTHS jersey was retired on Dec. 4, 1976, and is currently on display at Hamilton County High School.
In 1993, McLeansboro again honored him by naming the street in front of the old McLeansboro Township High School as Jerry Sloan Avenue.