Hall of Fame Inductee

Madison Cubs’ Lorenz finds place in
Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

By Debra Maylum
Staff Writer

(April 2005) – Maurice Lorenz, a Madison High School and Purdue Univ-ersity basketball star, joined several of his Madison teammates in the Indiana Basket-ball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, March 23.

Maurice Lorenze

Photo provided by
Spencer Schnaitter

Maurice Lorenz drives
with the ball while
playing for Purdue
University in the 1950s

Lorenz played on the Madison Cubs Varsity basketball team for three seasons: 1949-50, 1950-51 and 1951-52.
In 1950, he led the team to the state championship under coach Ray Eddy, one of the most popular coaches in the history of Madison athletics. In the following year, he went on to become the head coach at Purdue University. Lorenz would join him there several years later.
Madison has not won a state championship in basketball since 1950. Lorenz and the Cubs beat out 756 teams across the state to take the title that season (before Indiana athletics were separated into classes).
“He was great to play with,” said Spencer Schnaitter, a Madison attorney and fellow hall-of-famer who played with Lorenz on the 1950 Madison High School team. “He was a terrific shot and really carried his own on the court.”
In his junior and senior year at Madison, Lorenz was the leading scorer, averaging 20 points per game. The team won the sectional each year, but never made it past a regional.
In 1952, Lorenz was selected to play on the Indiana All Stars Team. In the game against Kentucky, he played in only the second, fourth and overtime periods, however, still scored 25 points and was named “Star of Stars.”
Lorenz went on to study chemical engineering at Purdue University, where beginning in his sophomore year he played once again for coach Eddy.
He played on Purdue’s varsity team from 1953-56 and was honored each year with the Ward Lambert Trophy for achieving the highest grade point average on the team.
“I think he was one of the most intelligent people ever to go to Madison,” said Schnaitter. “The principal once was quoted as saying that he was the most intelligent student he had seen in his time there.”
Lorenz graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 1956 and went on to receive his doctorate in chemical engineering.
He worked for Exxon Corp. from 1959 until 1994. From 1996-98, he became involved with the United Nations and the Oil for Food Program. Lorenz is now retired and living in Vermont.

1950 Madison High School Cubs

Photo provided by
Spencer Schnaitter

Maurice Lorenz starred
for the Madison
High School Cubs,
whom he helped lead
to the 1950 state
basketball title.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame was established in 1962. It was located in Indianapolis from 1970 until 1986, when the building was sold. New Castle, Ind., the Halls current location, was selected at that time from 13 bidding communities to become the new site. The two-story Hall of Fame is located on a five-acre site near the largest high school gymnasium in the world, which seats 9,300 people.
The Hall of Fame museum features many displays, exhibits, artifacts, equipment, pictures, videos and memorabilia that present the history of Indiana basketball.
Players become eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame 25 years after their high school graduation. Coaches become eligible after accumulating 25 years of varsity experience or after retirement.
In addition to honoring inductees, each year the Hall of Fame presents a Silver Medal to an individual deserving special recognition for his contribution to Indiana high school basketball. A Silver Anniversary Team of outstanding senior basketball players from 25 years ago is also selected each year.
Anyone may nominate an individual to the Hall of Fame. The Board of Directors has established three eligibility rules. First, a candidate may only be elected in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in, and/or service to, basketball as either a player or coach; second, no nomination of any candidate, living or dead, may be considered until the required number of years has passed; third, a candidate to be considered for the Silver Anniversary Team must have graduated 25 years before the current season’s finals. Candidates must have been an outstanding basketball player who possesses high moral character.
Lorenz and this year’s other inductees into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame were honored March 23 at the Primo Banquet.

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