Ohio Basketball Hall Of Hame Honors Tiger Greats
Two years after the 1961 Wittenberg men’s basketball team led by Head Coach Ray Mears and star forward Al Thrasher ’64 was collectively inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame & Museum, the Tiger legends were honored individually at the organization’s third annual induction ceremony.
The late Mears took the reins of Wittenberg’s struggling program in 1956 and immediately turned the Tigers into the small college powerhouse of today, compiling a 121-23 record in six years and winning three Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) regular season titles, three conference tournament titles and the 1961 NCAA College Division crown.
Thrasher was a freshman on the 1961 national championship team before serving as captain each of the next three years. In that time, the Tigers compiled a four-year record of 90-16, winning three conference titles and advancing all the way to the national championship game again in 1963. A two-time All American and 1963 OAC Player of the Year, Thrasher still ranks ninth in school history with 788 career rebounds and 14th with 1,288 career points.