Huntington University honors Platt with gymnasium naming

Steve Platt
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On Saturday, Nov. 10, Huntington University and its board of trustees will honor Forester men's basketball great Steve Platt by formally naming the Merillat Complex gymnasium after him.

The ceremony to name the gymnasium Platt Arena will take place at 3 p.m. in the Merillat Complex prior to the championship game of the men's basketball Ness Bros./Hall of Fame Tournament.

During his college basketball career, Platt helped the Foresters achieve an overall record of 78-38. He was a four-time All-District Player of the Year and an NAIA All-American, and was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine. Platt still holds several school records and remains Indiana's all-time collegiate leader in scoring with a career total of 3,700 points.

As the head coach of the men's basketball team, Platt led the Foresters to 329 wins, including a runner-up finish at the 2006 NAIA Division II National Tournament. He was recognized by the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel as one of Northeast Indiana's Top 50 Athletes of the Century. Platt was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996 and the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.

"This is a fitting honor for someone, who as a basketball player, helped put Huntington College on the map with his athletic achievements, and as a coach, took our men's basketball program to unprecedented heights during his tenure," said Athletic Director Lori Culler. "We are grateful for all he has done as an ambassador for Huntington University."

The naming ceremony is open to the public.