Jim Ewing

Jim Ewing

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Sport(s): Basketball

Year Inducted: 2018

He was affectionately called “Big Jim Ewing”, stood 6 feet 7 inches and was one of the greatest basketball players to have ever played at Bennett. He also played volleyball and basketball and from 1976-77 at Cleveland Hill High School, attaining 2nd team honors in basketball in ECIC play. He transferred to Bennett in 1977-78 where he was first team All High and 8th team All State. In 1978 he was the MVP in the High School all star game. He also led Bennett to the Class BB title in 1978. He went on to play pro basketball in Portugal, Argentina and Brazil.

After high school he played college basketball at the University of Wisconsin Superior College. He was MVP All Conference in 1982 and was also co-player of the year for conference play.

Ewing contributes his basketball success to his father who taught him how to play basketball at an early age. Using his knowledge of the game he converted Ewing from being right handed to becoming left handed. His
reasoning was that it would create great difficulty for a defensive player to check him. Changing Ewing to become a left hander led to his being an outstanding scorer and great rebounder.

Ewing said that he thanks God for the opportunity of being selected to the Bennett High Sports Hall of Fame. He had always hoped that he would be selected because of the success of the team that he played on. He appreciated the way he was accepted at Bennett and also the chance to play basketball for legendary coach Larry Veronica.