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      IHCC to honor C.J. Bruton Thursday night

      The starting point guard on the first Indian Hills Community College basketball team to win a national championship returns to Ottumwa this week.

      C.J. Bruton, who has gone on to enjoy an outstanding professional career in Australia and New Zealand, will be officially inducted into the Indian Hills Athletic Hall of Fame at a special reception this Thursday.

      Bruton was elected to the HOF last winter, but when the induction ceremony was held in February he was busy playing for the New Zealand Breakers, a team he helped win its third consecutive National Basketball League title and his sixth crown overall.

      In addition to the six national championships Bruton has been a part of he played for Australia in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

      His sparking pro career followed two years at Indian Hills in which Bruton set the IHCC single-season and career steals records.

      He was the MVP of the 1997 national tournament, averaging over 20.8 points in the Warriors?? four wins at Hutch.

      Selected by Vancouver in the 1997 NBA draft, Bruton instead opted to return to Australia where he embarked on his professional career that has now spanned 16 seasons.

      The public is invited to attend the reception for Bruton on Thursday. It will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Warrior Junction in the Advanced Technology Center on the IHCC Ottumwa campus.

      The ceremony to award Bruton his Hall of Fame crystal will be at 6:00.

      Courtesy IHCC