(Elizabethtown, Ky.) He's considered to be one of the best basketball players to every play in the state of Kentucky, and now, he's officially a Hall of Famer.
On Saturday night, former Ballard star and 1989 Kentucky Mister Basketball, Allan Houston was inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Houston led the Bruins to the state runner-up in 1987 before winning the state title in 1988. Houston says its an honor to be inducted into the hall of fame, because of the vast history of high school basketball in the commonwealth. "I have fun telling people about how big high school basketball is in Kentucky. Just the stories, and the legends. Just the experience of playing in front of 23, 24,000 people when you're 15 years old", said Houston.
Houston was not the only member of his family immortalized by the hall of fame. His grandfather, former Louisville Central High School Coach, William Kean was also inducted posthumously. In his career, he won 856 games including five state titles, and four national championships in the National High School Tournament. Kean is considered a pioneer for desegregation of athletics in Kentucky. Kean's daughter, Allan's mother, Alice accepted the award for Kean. It was a proud day for mother and son. " To be here along side my mother and grandfather makes it exponentially more important, because of what it represents. It doesn't represent what you accomplished on the court, or how many sports you scored, or a championship. But it represents a legacy, it represents character", said Allan. "To have Allan inducted and to have daddy inducted in such a basketball rich commonwealth and state is an honor, it's just an honor", commented Alice.
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