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Good on you, Ray Lee

Well, this is some welcome news.

Ray Lee Tolbert going into the IU athletic Hall of Fame flings me right back to 1977, when Ray was a senior at Anderson Madison Heights and I was a kid reporter for the Anderson Daily Bulletin. He was a larger-than-life personality even then -- a springy, outgoing 6-foot-9 high school kid who, by the way, flushed some of the nastiest dunks I've ever seen a high school kid flush.

Still remember the way the P.A. announcer at Heights used to wail "Raaaaay ... Leeee!" every time he'd throw one down. Still remember, too, the night he blocked 19 shots (and, no, that's not a misprint) against New Castle.

Anyway, Ray went on to win Mr. Basketball that year, and then on to greater fame as the center on Indiana's 1981 national championship team. He remains, to this day, not only one of my favorite athletes but favorite people -- because as hugely entertaining to watch, he's a quality human being on top of it.

So, here's to ya, Ray Lee. Well deserved.

Ben Smith's blog.

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