Westville native Bill Hannon to be inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame

Information provided by local author Matt Werner (“Season of Upsets”) and West Point

West Point photo

West Point photo

1950 Westville High School graduate Bill Hannon, who went on to lead the nation in rebounding his sophomore year at West Point Academy, will be inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 18, 2015.

Hannon led Westville to a 19-5 record and the LaPorte County Tourney championship his senior year. He also led LaPorte County in scoring with 435 points that season.

At West Point, from which he graduated in 1954, Hannon led the nation in rebounding his sophomore year, averaging 20.9 per game. He was the first Army basketball player to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds (only one other player has done both since then). He averaged 19 rebounds per game during his college career. During his three seasons, he posted 1,101 rebounds and scored 1,115 points, the first Black Knight to surpass the 1,000 mark in both of those categories. He graduated as the school’s scoring and rebounding leader and currently stands second and 21st, respectively, in those statistics.

A two-time team captain, Hannon played in 58 career games and averaged 19.0 rebounds per contest, second all-time in West Point history. He led the team in scoring in all three of his seasons and scored a career-high 44 points in a 101-46 victory over National University of Mexico in 1954.

Hannon paced West Point in free throw percentage in all three of his seasons and established an Academy record with 27 rebounds against Pittsburgh in 1954. He was selected to the 1954 East-West All-Star Game, was a member of the Armed Forces All-Stars and competed in the 1956 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Hannon served multiple tours of duty and retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel.

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