our Inductees

William "Junior" Gunnell

Coach

Tony Lucas

​Player

Kenneth E. Clark

​Player

The idea of GCBLA was initially discussed during a conversation between Skip Young, current President, and his friend, John “Pineapple” Lewis, who thought it necessary to record the history of basketball legends from Franklin and surrounding counties in Central Ohio. Skip shared this idea with Dr. John Howard Jr., and Dr. Wallace Chandler, who had a similar idea some years prior, and thus they founded GCBLA, to honor Louis and other legendary players, coaches, teams, media personalities, and others who influenced the sport of basketball in Central Ohio. GCBLA wants to be responsible for telling their own story and assisting younger generation athletes in their academic and athletic pursuits.

Alfred Young

Sergeant-At-Arms

Keith Neal

​Player

Edward "Skip" Young

​Player, 

Co-Founder

Dr. Wallace Chandler,  Co-Founder

​Long before his blood, sweat and tears were sacrificed in his quest for academic excellence and before the degrees were stockpiled, Wallace Chandler grew up in “Flytown” a rugged and unforgiving section of Columbus located a little south and east of the Ohio State campus.  Read more....

Sen. Hearcel F. Craig

​Leadership

WOMEN BASKETBALL

Mike Jackson

Media

Gayle Saunders

Corporate Public Relations

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Brittany Hunter

Player

The GCBLA Commemorative Watch fundraisers has been extended! Contact Kenney Clark for Read More...

Kenneth Clark

Secretary

Since 2013, the Greater Columbus Basketball Legend Association  has inducted coaches, players, teams, media, and other individuals, All of the Inductees are celebrated for their outstanding achievements and accomplishments. Click here to learn more about our GCBLA Eligibility Process for inducting members.

To view our Inductees individually, visit our Inductees Page.​

GCBLA President, Edward "Skip" Young 

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GCBLA FOUNDERS

GCBLA 2019 Inductees

Johnny Clark

​Skills Coach

Mike Stumpf

​Player

Van Gregg

​Player

GCBLA OFFICERS

Don Sellers

​Coach

Joe Toone

​Official

GCBLA has achieved tremendous success within a brief period of time, due to the effort and focus of our Executive Committee and supporters.


We are actively soliciting new membership to enhance our brand and move GCBLA to the next level of “REMEMBERING OUR LEGENDS”


Edward "Skip" Young

Terry Guice

​Official

Alfonso "Al" Washington

Player

Edward “Skip” Young, Co-Founder/President GCBLA
Skip graduated from Linden McKinley HS in 1967, whereas team co-captain, with Jim Cleamons, he lead the Panthers to their first OHSAA State Championship, and named tournament MVP, 1st team All-State, and All-American.  Read more....

On occasion we refer to them as Hero’s and Heroines, for their outstanding achievements. The Fictional Superheroes, like Superman, and Wonder woman have nothing on the Dynamic Duo, of Otto and Joyce Beatty from Columbus, Ohio. 
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GCBLA 2017 HALL OF FAME

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Greater Columbus Basketball Legend Association

Wil Haywood

​Author

Reggie Lee - former Head Coach of girls basketball at Brookhaven High School will serve as Greater Columbus Basketball Legend Association's consultant of Women's Basketball.  READ MORE...

John Howard

​Player,

Co-Founder

William "CY" Bulter

Coach

S. Yolanda Robinson

​Media/Marketing

Dr. John Howard, Jr., Co-Founder

High School All-state and All-American Athlete in Basketball – State of Ohio
Most Valuable Freshman Basketball Player – University of Cincinnati (1963)
Most Valuable Basketball Player – University of Cincinnati (1968) (1,000 pt,  score)

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Scott Weakley

​Player

Tomeka Brown
​Player 

Reginald L. Lee

Archivist/Historian

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