While at Centralia High School, he was an All-State basketball player three years
(1940, 1941, 1942). He holds the CHS basketball career scoring record of 2,702 points. His basketball jersey #40 has
been retired at CHS.
He was All-State in football 1941 and won the state high jump three times: 1940, 6’2”; 1941, 5’11
3/4”, 1942, 6’4”, and tied for 3rd in
1939. After high school he received 11 varsity letters at the University of Illinois and played in the 1947 Rose Bowl.
1948, he won the silver medal in the Olympic high jump. He played five years of professional basketball. In 1983, he
was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Eddleman was inducted as a charter member
into the Illinois
Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
In 2004 Eddleman was named to the 20 man All-Century Basketball Team at the University of
Illinois, and in 2006
was named one of the 100 legends of I.H.S.A. State
In 2009 Eddleman was awarded the
Distinguished Alumni Award by Centralia High
School. The following is the
information included on his award which
hangs on the walls of the new Centralia High
more about Eddleman on Centralia High School