Carlisle selected to 25-year team


Kimani Robertson

Ben Davis coach Don Carlisle was named to the Silver Anniversary team today.

staff report

Ben Davis boys basketball coach Don Carlisle was one of 18 former high school hoop stars honored by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame today.

Carlisle and 17 other former high school stars have been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2022 Silver Anniversary Team, based on outstanding accomplishments as a senior basketball player 25 years ago.

“It’s great to get accolades from your peers,” Carlisle said. “It’s a great day for me, my family, and of course the Ben Davis family.”

Carlisle averaged 12.4 points and 9.0 rebounds as senior for the 18-5 sectional champions Giants. His two-year career totals of 544 points and 371 rebounds were for teams that were 40-11, including winning the 1996 state championship. After graduating from Ben Davis, he was a standout player at IUPUI and spent 12 years playing professionally.

Carlisle was named head coach of the Giants prior to the 2018-19 and led the Giants to the state championship game where they lost to Carmel.

It’s great to get accolades from your peers. It’s a great day for me, my family, and of course the Ben Davis family.”

— Don Carlisle

The Silver Anniversary team includes 12 members named to the 1997 Indiana All-Star squad.  Six other all-state players are included to recognize the top of Indiana’s high school class of 1997.

1997 Indiana All-Stars include Mr. Basketball Luke Recker, Travis Best, Jamaal Davis, Chris DesJean, Tom Geyer, Chad Hunter, Chad LaCross, Michael Menser, Cedric Moodie, Kyle Runyan, Caleb Springer and Cameron Stephens.

The remaining six, named to various all-state teams are Carlisle, Andy Foster, Matt Renn, Stephen Starks, Ben Tonagel and Josh Whitman.

For further details on each honoree and his career, click here.

2022 Men’s Silver Anniversary Team members will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 60th Men’s Awards Banquet on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

A midday reception, free and open to the public, will be held at the Hall of Fame museum in New Castle.  The evening banquet will take place at the Primo Banquet Hall, which is located on the south side of Indianapolis.

Banquet reservations are now available through the Hall’s website or by calling (765) 529-1891.  For more information, you may also email [email protected].