Congratulations to SI for the wonderfully written article on Rick Mount of Lebanon, Ind. (Brighit Star in Indiana, Feb. 14). It goes to prove once more that Indiana produces the best players in the nation. Just consider. The NBA could start a complete team with nothing but Indianans: Clyde Lovellette at center, Terry Dischinger and Ron Bonham at forward, Oscar Robertson and Dick Barnett at guard. Throw in the Van Arsdale twins, Bobby Leonard and others as reserves, and they could challenge any NBA club.
Among the colleges, the only two unbeaten major teams in the U.S., Kentucky and Texas Western, both start Indiana boys. Indiana has produced its share of outstanding coaches, too. When one mentions John Wooden of UCLA, Branch McCracken of IU and Tony Hinkle of Butler that's a mouthful of success. And Indiana's Everett Case, who recently retired as coach at North Carolina State, may be the best ever to have coached in and out of Indiana. In 23 years of coaching Indiana high school teams Case compiled a remarkable 726-75 record with four state championships, while in his 18 years at North Carolina State he registered 379 wins against only 134 losses.
Even in Europe the effect of Indiana basketball talent has been felt. In the recent tourney at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, two men from Jasper, Ind., Carl Roos and yours truly, helped the American team win the whole thing with a perfect record.
Rick Mount rates the cover, but Calvin Murphy of Norwalk, Conn. is only a FACE IN THE CROWD? Why not a cover for him as well? A 5-foot-10-inch, 160-pound Norwalk High senior, he is the possessor of the modern state high school basketball scoring record of 62 points. Already he has a career total of 1,990 points and, in leading Norwalk to an 18-1 record so far this season, he has scored 767 points for a 40.4 average. He got 460 points as a soph and hit for 763 points in his junior year, when he led his team to a 21-3 record and into the semifinals of the state tourney.
We believe that our Doug Jackson is more deserving of the lavish praise that SI heaped upon Rick Mount. Besides being a member of the National Honor Society, Doug is now only 28 points away from breaking the Sunflower League scoring record (set by Lucius Allen, Lew Alcindor's little buddy at UCLA). If he maintains his present 27-points-per-game average, tops in the state of Kansas, he will certainly succeed.
Overland Park, Kans.
Brooklyn, the best basketball area in the country, deserves just as much acclaim as Lebanon, Ind. Brooklyn's PSAL Division I, better known as the Suicide Division, perennially produces the New York City championship team and at least one or two All-City athletes. Just a few former Division I stars whose names might ring a bell are Lenny Wilkens, Bill Cunningham Connie Hawkins, Sihugo Green, Eldridge Webb, Sam Penceal and Frank Standard.
Furthermore, your hero must be superhuman if he is that much better than the likes of Coak Cannon. Jim MacMillan, Ollie Shannon or Hector Blondett. These current Suicide sharpshooters will be heard from in the future.
Hugh Whall's article on Sol Lamport (A Sail Means Only a Sale to Sol, Jan. 24) is clever and entertaining, but it presents only half a picture of Sol Lamport's personality. Sure Sol is out to make a buck, whether it be in making fine sailcloth or anything else, but he is also a very warm, considerate and generous human being. He donated numerous trophies for junior competition, trophies that never bore the name Lamport on them. He also donated 10 Finn-class sails to the U.S. International Sailing Association. The sailing world never knew about this, and Sol did not care to have them know it. He donated them simply to further competition by young sailors in this important Olympic class.
I also know from talking to him that Sol likes the life in Woodstock, Conn., likes the people he has met and already feels a part of the community.
For all its cleverness, the article missed one real point: Sol Lamport has a heart as big as all outdoors.
New York City