Perry Frank: Frank had averaged double figures in points and rebounds his senior year at Oak Hill, but he sat out eight years prior to joining the Indiana Wesleyan (then Marion College) men’s basketball team in 1982. Frank went on to become the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder and gain NCCAA All-American and Player of the Year honors.
Of the new inductees, Frank took one of the most unconvential routes, sitting out nearly seven years after graduating from Oak Hill before enrolling in 1982 at Indiana Wesleyan. The 6-foot-8 Frank went on to become the school’s all-time men’s leading scorer with 2,452 points and rebounder with 1,691 and was National Christian College Athletic Association Player of the Year for the 1985-86 season.
“When I graduated from high school (in 1974) I got married and started a family and felt I wanted to go to work,” said Frank, who turned down offers from Division I schools out of high school. “(Then coach) Rocky Kent approached me and at first I said no, I didn’t have time. But the more I thought about it, the more open I was to it and Indiana Wesleyan was the greatest four years of my life.”
Frank balanced family and his business with school work and basketball and said it was often difficult. Yet, he excelled on the court and was a four-time all-conference and NCCAA All-American center.
“I worked full time all through college and there were times when I was tired before the game even started,” he said. “But it helped because I was a little more mature and stronger than other players.
“It’s quite an honor when you think about all the great athletes who have passed through Grant County,” said Frank, who is an analyst for Indiana Wesleyan home television broadcasts. “It’s a honor to even be considered and very humbling.”
Orville “Hack” Wilson: Wilson was inducted for his outstanding success starting and coaching the Sweetser High School track and field team and then became Oak Hill’s first athletic director. The Noblesville native also coached boys’ basketball teams at Sweetser and Jefferson Township.