Reuben Norris – bio

Affectionately known around the state of Illinois and Chicago as the Godfather of basketball officials.

He has officiated basketball across the country for over 50 years including The NBA ,major college,high school, and the NHIBT at Cicero Stadium, Fenwick, St Andrew’s, and St. Patrick HS.

This will be the 11th Hall of Fame induction for him.

During the 1970’s he dabbled in coaching winning the Boston Shootout and other National tourneys .

The last 20 years he has been employed by the CPS system at Dr.MLK College Prep.

Reuben is from Evansville,Indiana and went to Knoxville College on a football scholarship.

After serving 2 years in the Service he came to Chicago to see his aunt and luckily he has been here ever since.

He is a member of Saint Thomas Episcopal Church where he and his beautiful wife Wanda serve the Lord diligently.

By the way she is an accomplished official too!!

He reffed many games with George Demos,a fellow Hall of Famer,and was in the movie “Hoop Dreams”.

He is the father of 5 grown children and is humbled to be the first ref to be inducted into the NHIBT Hall of Fame .

By his best memory he reffed the NHIBTVChampionshop game over 20 times!!