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Former KWC basketball standout Dallas Thornton named to Ky. Sports Hall of Fame

Former KWC basketball standout Dallas Thornton named to Ky. Sports Hall of Fame
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 2:53 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 7:46 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Former Kentucky Wesleyan men’s basketball star and NCAA champion Dallas Thornton will be enshrined in the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in August.

A four-year starter for Kentucky Wesleyan, Thornton started a school-record 112 consecutive games and led the Panthers to the NCAA Division II national championships in 1966 and 1968.

Over the course of his college career, the All-American averaged 17.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Thornton ranks fifth in school history for scoring with 1,929 points and seventh in rebounding with 903 boards.

Following his time at Kentucky Wesleyan, Thornton was drafted in both the NBA and ABA, before playing two seasons for the Miami Floridians. He then spent 17 years with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Prior to arriving in Owensboro, Thornton was a four-sport star at Male High School in Louisville, earning All-American and all-state honors in basketball as a senior in 1964.

Thornton joins fellow KWC honorees in All-American “King” Kelly Coleman (2000), basketball coach Guy Strong (2002), All-American George Tinsley (2011) and Voice of the Panthers Joel Utley (2016) as members of the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame.

Other 2022 inductees include University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart, former University of Louisville football standout and NFL running back Michael Bush, as well as former UK athletic administrator Sue Feamster.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for August 22.

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