R. William Jones
The always-dapper R. William Jones was a staunch advocate of international basketball and worldwide competition. In 1932, he teamed with Dr. Elmer Berry to create the International Amateur Basketball Federation (FIBA), the organization that governs all international basketball competition. From 1932 through1976, as the first general secretary of the FIBA, his efforts helped spread basketball to over 130 nations through games and clinics. Organizing all international basketball tournaments since 1936, including the Olympic Games, Jones determined the eligibility of every international team in both Eastern and Western hemispheres. Dr. Jones, whose honorary doctorate came from Springfield College, was the first international person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.