Canty Inducted into the Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame
On Saturday, November 5, Chicago Sky’s own Dominique Canty was inducted into the inaugural Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame and Museum in Pinckneyville, IL. Pinckneyville, which is known for its many successful basketball teams led by its legendary coaches, Duster Thomas and Dick Corn, is a perfect setting for the Hall of Fame and Museum. The goal of the Hall of Fame and Museum is to recognize the top teams, coaches, and players who have contributed to the success of high school basketball in Illinois and to capture the nostalgia and emotion of the eras. The museum will showcase the history of prep basketball in Illinois and will exhibit memorabilia and films of the sport.
Canty was a stand out basketball player at Whitney Young High School in Chicago, Illinois. In her great career at Whitney Young, Canty was a four-time All-State player. In her senior year in 1995, Canty led Whitney Young to the Quarterfinals of the State Championship, however, they were beaten by Mother McAuley 55-41. Her team finished sixth in Illinois that year. Canty was named a 1995 Street & Smith and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American. In 2004, she was inducted into the IHSA Girls Basketball Hall of Fame.
A committee of highly respected coaches and members from the Illinois High School basketball community selected the 60 player inaugural class. The committee selected 30 players from pre-1960, 20 players from post-1960 and 10 female players. To be considered for the Hall of Fame all players had to be at least ten years out of high school. Tamika Catching from the Atlanta Dream and a Stevenson High School grad was also inducted Saturday.
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was at the Colonnades Club inside Memorial Stadium on the University of Illinois campus. The ceremony included a social hour and dinner to honor the inductees.