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Four Hilltoppers Among the Latest Inductees Into Ky High School Basketball Hall of Fame

WKU Athletics Media Relations

Four former Western Kentucky University athletes are being inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame in Elizabethtown.

Dwight Smith, Jim Rose, Gene Rhodes, and Harry Todd are part of the Hall’s fifth class of inductees.

Smith and Rose are being honored posthumously.

Smith is a Princeton native who led Dotson High School to the state tournament in 1963. He went on to score 1,142 career points at WKU, while averaging 11 rebounds a game.

Rose led Hazard High School to three straight Sweet 16 appearances in from 1964-66, and was named all-state in his final three high school seasons. He finished 34th on the all-time WKU scoring list, and was a key member of the school's 1971 Final Four team.

Todd averaged 30 points and 20 rebounds his senior year at Earlington High School in 1958, and led his team to the 1956 state tournament as a sophomore. He was one of two Mr. Basketball award winners in 1958. Todd led WKU in rebounding for three straight seasons from 1960-62, and finished seventh on the school's all-time rebounding list.

Rhodes was an all-state player at Louisville Male High School, and helped lead to the team to Sweet 16 appearances in 1944, '45, and '46. He later coached at Male and St. Xavier in Louisville, where he won the 1958 state title. At WKU, he scored 1,029 career points.

The induction ceremony is Saturday, July 9, at the Historic State Theatre in Elizabethtown.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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