West’s Rex Parker makes Illinois basketball hall of fame

ROCKFORD – Rex Parker, a basketball star at West High School, will be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on May 4.

Parker learned in December that he will be inducted into the next class. The ceremony takes place at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena.

Parker was the starting point guard on the 1954-1955 West basketball team that won the first of the Warriors’ back-to-back state championships. Parker started all 29 games for the 28-1 Warriors and averaged 7.2 points per game. He then played for Beloit College and Illinois State in college.

Parker spent much of his professional life managing the Clock Tower Resort when the hotel was at its peak and he continued to feed his competitive instincts by playing taking up tennis, which he still plays to this day.

Parker will join several notable players and coaches with District 205 ties, including his West teammates Nolden Gentry and John Wessels. A scan of the inductee list shows District 205 remains badly under represented.

Parker will join these players and coaches with District 205 ties.

  • Rockford East star Bill Erickson (inducted in 1973)
  • Rockford West star Nolden Gentry (1973)
  • Guilford star Dale Greenless (1984)
  • West star Mark Sibley (1987)
  • East star Skip Thoren (1974)
  • West star John Wessels (1974)
  • Former Auburn coach Ken Barnes and current Guilford assistant coach Carl Armato were inducted as players from their careers not in District 205.
  • East coach Jim Laude (1973)
  • Guilford coach Bob Kemp (1985)
  • East coach Dick Haselton (1995)
  • East coach Art Sadtler (1975)
  • West coach Alex Saudargas (1973)
  • Auburn coach Dolph Stanley (1973)
  • Former Guilford coach and current Hononegah coach Mike Miller (2013)

Posted on 01.03.19