Jones and West Inducted into Area Hall of Fame|
May 9, 2013
CINCINNATI - Former University of Cincinnati players Herb Jones and Roland West were inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday at a banquet at Receptions in Fairfield.
Jones and West were two of 12 people honored with induction, including long-time area high school basketball coach Harold "Hep" Cronin, father of UC head coach Mick Cronin.
As a senior, Jones helped lead the Bearcats to the 1992 NCAA Final Four, averaging 18.1 points and 7.1 rebounds while earning honorable mention All-America honors by the Associated Press and first team All-Great Midwest Conference accolades. He received second team All-Metro Conference honors in 1991 while averaging 16.1 points and 7.8 rebounds. A two-year lettermen at UC, Jones led the Bearcats in scoring and rebounding both seasons and ranks 37th in school history with 1,097 career points.
West lettered from 1965-67 for the Bearcats and helped direct UC to the 1966 Missouri Valley Championship while averaging 15.5 points and a team-best 9.4 rebounds. He averaged 11.0 points and 4.7 rebounds while leading the team in assists (2.6) and blocks (1.3) in 1965. He was selected by the Baltimore Bullets in the 1967 NBA Draft.
Other inductees were Xavier's Anthony Hicks, Jimmy Boothe and Nicole Levandusky; NKU's Ryan Schrand, Joe Petrocelli of Kettering Alter, Kannard Johnson of Taft High School, coach Scott "Doc" Rogers of Mount Notre Dame and Indian Hill, coach Carl Kremer of Moeller and official Tom Berns.
Hep Cronin won more than 400 games as a basketball coach at Roger Bacon, Oak Hills and LaSalle. Mick Cronin served as guest speaker at the event.