first_imgJohnny Wilson, better known as “Jumpin’ Johnny Wilson” was the 1946 Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana.  The Anderson High School graduate was barely 6 foot tall but he had amazing jumping skills. Recently Anderson honored him with a statue in front of the high school.  Johnny is the oldest, living Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana.  The 88-year old was one of the first to break the color barrier of “whites only” in basketball.Johnny led Anderson to a state basketball title by scoring 30 of his team’s 67 points in their victory over Ft. Wayne Central in the championship.  He wanted to play basketball at IU, but they had no blacks at that time, so he went to nearby Anderson College.  I was only 7, so I only heard about Johnny Wilson in later years.Wilson is a good friend of Carl Erskine, another Anderson legend, who played baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Both are still living.  Recently, Johnny Wilson played golf with Glen Butte at the Legends Golf Course in Franklin.Part of this information came from an article in the Indianapolis Star.last_img read more