Coach Steve Platt to preview 2001-02 basketball season

Guests receive free admission to Huntington College Tournament
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2001-11-06
Huntington, Ind.—Forester basketball coach Steve Platt will preview the 2001-02 men’s basketball season and introduce this year’s seniors at the next Huntington College Foundation breakfast, Wednesday, November 14.

The public is cordially invited to attend. Breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m., in the Habecker Dining Commons, and the program will conclude by 9 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $6 per person. First-time guests are not charged, and all attendees will receive free admission to the Huntington College men’s basketball tournament November 30-December 1 against Judson College, Indiana University Southeast and Cornerstone University.

Huntington College basketball seniors include 2000-01 first-team All-American David Porter, a 6-4 forward from Alexandria, Ind.; Eric Ferrell, a 6-6 forward from Kokomo, Ind.; and Andy Kurzen, a 6-2 guard from Massillon, Ohio

Steve Platt enters his eighth season as head coach of the Huntington College Forester men’s basketball team. His coaching record of 144 wins to 83 losses gives him a winning percentage of 63% - the highest in school history. Platt reached the 100-win plateau faster than any previous HC coach in men’s basketball during his sixth season when the Foresters went 34-5, and competed in the NAIA Div. II Final Four at the National Championships.

Winning basketball games for Huntington College seems to be in Platt’s blood (sweat and tears). As a player for Huntington College from 1970-1974, Platt led the Foresters to a record of 78 wins against 38 losses. In the process of achieving this, Platt was a four-time selection as the District Player of the Year and an NAIA All-American.

Platt continues to hold several records for Huntington College; his career statistics remain a measuring tool for all men’s basketball players at the collegiate level. He remains the state of Indiana’s all-time collegiate leader in scoring with 3,700 points, which places him seventh all-time on the list of collegiate scorers at any level, including NCAA Div. I. Platt twice led the nation in scoring, averaging 36 points per game in 1972-73, and 38 points per game in 1973-74. Among many other HC records still held by Platt are career rebounds (1,917), career field goals made (1,463) and career free throws made (774). With these incredible statistics, the Washington Bullets of the National Basketball Association drafted Platt following his senior season. Platt was the final player released from the Bullets following the pre-season schedule.

The Fort Wayne News Sentinel ranks Platt among Northeast Indiana’s Top 50 athletes.

For more information about the Huntington College Foundation’s breakfast series, please call Jim Elliott at (219) 259-4066 or visit www.huntington.edu/foundation/default.htm.

Founded in 1897, Huntington College is a Christian college of the liberal arts, offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in nearly 50 academic concentrations. US News and World Report ranks the College among he best Midwestern liberal arts colleges. Huntington College has also been listed among the “201 Best Colleges for the Real World.”

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Sports Information Director
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