Brock earns IBCA Hall of Fame election
Justin Brock wasn't sure he deserved the honor, but that doesn't mean he wasn't thrilled.
Brock, a 2006 Liberty graduate, learned via a letter he received Dec. 4 that he will be inducted to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony in April.
"The letter came in the mail, and it caught me by surprise. I wasn't expecting it," Brock said. "I feel like it's a little too early. I just feel like there are a lot of guys ahead of me or people who have waited a longer time after they graduated before this process occurs.
"I'm excited. I'm glad I was up on the ballot, and I'm glad I was voted in. It really puts an exclamation mark on my career."
Brock scored 1,563 points in his Liberty career. He was named all-state six times by various organizations and was the 2006 Herald-Whig Player of the Year. Brock led Liberty to a fourth-place finish in Class A in 2005 and to a Sweet 16 appearance in 2006.
"Being able to represent Liberty in the Hall of Fame is another thing. I'm really proud to be able to do that," said Brock, who is coaching Liberty's seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams. "Their school, the community, they've done so much for me."
Brock started his college basketball career with two years at Eastern Illinois. He later transferred to Quincy University. In three seasons at QU, culminating with the 2011-12 season, Brock scored 1,200 points and grabbed 613 rebounds.
Quincy High School's India Green had considered last summer not playing volleyball in college. In the end, she decided she wasn't ready to give up the sport she loves.
QHS held a signing ceremony Tuesday where Green announced her plans to play next year for Culver-Stockton College.
Green, the 2012 Herald-Whig Player of the Year, will leave QHS as the school's all-time leader in assists with 2,641, which ranks 11th in IHSA history. She was a three-time all-state selection by The Champaign News-Gazette, twice earning first-team honors.