Monday
Dec192011

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Bob Cousy Award Candidates

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts announced today the candidates for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in college basketball. Almost 60 candidates have been nominated for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award.

“The Hall of Fame is honored to be working with Mr. Cousy once again to present this prestigious award,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The list of candidates include the top players from across the country that have shown the same leadership, hard work and determination that Mr. Cousy exemplified on the court for many years. We are excited to honor his legacy with the winner of this year’s award.”

“Bob was an extraordinary all-around basketball player, he was a fierce competitor and a great leader,” said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). “With this award we want to continue to honor his legacy and make certain that the best collegiate point guards are appropriately recognized.”

This original list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final twenty by January 1st, final ten by February 1st, and final five by March 1st. A premier Selection Committee will be appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in contention for the nation’s top collegiate point guard award. These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Championship Monday in New Orleans as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland) and last year’s recipient Kemba Walker (Connecticut).  For more information on the 2012 Bob Cousy, log onto www.CousyAward.com.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Birthplace of Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.

For more information:
Visit us on the web: www.hoophall.com
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2012 Bob Cousy Award Candidates:
Randy Davis, Ball State
Pierre Jackson, Baylor
Keegan Bell, Chattanooga
Andre Young, Clemson
Andrew Lawrence, College of Charleston
Brian Barbour, Columbia
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Chris Wroblewski, Cornell
Antoine Young, Creighton
JP Kuhlman, Davidson
Ray McCallum, Detroit
Seth Curry, Duke
TJ McConnell, Duquesne
Kenny Boynton, Florida
Erving Walker, Florida
Luke Loucks, Florida State
Jeff Peterson, Florida State
Tony Taylor, George Washington
James Fields, Georgia State
Brandyn Curry, Harvard
Scott Machado, Iona
Stephen Thomas, IUPUI
Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas
Marquis Teague, Kentucky
Tyreek Duren, La Salle
Mackey McKnight, Lehigh
Casper Ware, Long Beach State
Peyton Siva, Louisville
Damier Pitts, Marshall
Will Barton, Memphis
Joe Jackson, Memphis
Malcolm Grant, Miami
Trey Burke, Michigan
Kaylon Williams, Milwaukee
Dee Bost, Mississippi State
Mike Dixon, Missouri
Phil Pressey, Missouri
Will Cherry, Montana
Kendall Williams, New Mexico
Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
Lorenzo Brown, NC State
Stallon Saldivar, Northern Arizona
Reggie Hamilton, Oakland
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
D.J. Cooper, Ohio University
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Zack Rosen, Pennsylvania
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh
Lewis Jackson, Purdue
Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary's
Bryan Dougher, Stony Brook University
Scoop Jardine, Syracuse
Brandon Triche, Syracuse
Wil Peters, Tennessee State
Myck Kabongo, Texas
Dash Harris, Texas A&M
Hank Thorns, TCU
Will Weathers, Troy
Brad Tinsley, Vanderbilt
Maalik Wayns, Villanova
Erick Green, Virginia Tech
Abdul Gaddy, Washington
Tony Wroten, Washington
Damian Lillard, Weber State
Trey Sumler, Western Carolina
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
Tu Holloway, Xavier

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Monday
Dec052011

Big Y World Class Markets Renews Partnership As Presenting Sponsor of Spalding Hoophall Classic

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that Big Y World Class Markets will continue its partnership as the presenting sponsor of this year’s 2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic.  The high school basketball tournament is in its 11th year and has expanded to five days with 46 teams at Springfield College’s Blake Arena from January 12-16.  Seven of the nation’s top nine teams from the ESPN FAB 50 rankings will be participating.

“We are extremely grateful for Big Y’s commitment to the Hall of Fame and the Spalding Hoophall Classic,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Big Y has been a major participant in the Springfield community and their support will continue to make an impact on hundreds of aspiring basketball players from New England and around the country.”

This year’s elite programs include No 1. Simeon Career Academy (Chicago, IL), No. 2 Miller Grove High School (Lithonia, GA), No. 3 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA), No. 6 Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA), No. 7 Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, NV), No. 8. Findlay College Prep (Henderson, NV) and No. 9 St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, NJ), coached by Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Hurley, Sr.

“Big Y is proud to support one of the most celebrated events in the City of Springfield,” said John Schnepp, Director of Advertising for Big Y Foods.  “The Spalding Hoophall Classic draws thousands of fans from around the region to watch some exciting basketball and we value our partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame.”

Tickets for the event are on sale in advance at the Basketball Hall of Fame at $15 for adults and $10 for youth/students (18 and under). All patrons that present a Big Y World Class Market Savings Card will receive a $1 discount on each ticket purchased.  For more information, visit the official web site at www.thehoophallclassic.com.

Big Y World Class Markets:
Headquartered in Springfield, MA, Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Proud to be family owned and operated, they currently operate 61 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 10,000 employees. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D’Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts where two roads converge to form a “Y”. This year, the company celebrates its 75th anniversary.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Birthplace of Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.

For more information:
Visit us on the web: www.hoophall.com
… on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BBHOF
… on Twitter: @hoophall
… or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA

Wednesday
Nov232011

Second Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Springfield Rotary “Service Above Self” Luncheon Honorees Announced

Springfield Rotary to Honor former Mayor Charles Ryan and Rebecca Lobo

Springfield, Mass. – The Basketball Hall of Fame announced today its honorees for the second annual Basketball Hall of Fame Springfield Rotary “Service Above Self” Luncheon on Friday, December 9th at 12 pm on Center Court.  This year’s honorees for this year’s luncheon – who live out the Rotary motto “Service Above Self” – are the retired Mayor of Springfield, Charles Ryan and former WNBA and UConn women’s basketball star Rebecca Lobo.

“We are honored to work in conjunction with our friends at the Springfield Rotary to honor two individuals who have had a major impact on our community, the game of basketball and the Basketball Hall of Fame,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ryan was the Mayor of Springfield from 1962 to 1967 and again from 2004 to 2008.  Known for his civil service throughout his career, he left a tremendous legacy on Western Massachusetts that spanned over four decades, helping to redraft Springfield's City Charter to its current form.  Mayor Ryan was also the previous head of the Springfield Library Foundation and a strong advocate for the reopening of the Library. He fought closure of the Springfield Armory and was an active fundraiser and contributor for The Elms College and Sisters of St. Joseph.

Lobo was the Massachusetts state scoring record-holder with 2,740 points in her high school basketball career for Southwick-Tolland Regional High School.  She helped lead the UConn Huskies to the 1995 National Championship with an undefeated 35-0 record. In her senior year, she won the 1995 Naismith and College Player of the Year award.  She has since gone on to a successful WNBA career, Olympic Gold Medal and ESPN broadcasting career once she retired, including her work as an advocate for breast cancer awareness.

Lobo and her mother, RuthAnn, founded “The RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship in Allied Health” on October 2, 2001 at the University of Connecticut.  Scholarships are awarded annually to students studying health sciences in an effort to encourage diversity in the health professions.

Lobo is also one of the Children’s Miracle Network (“CMN”) Champions and actively supports the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (“HSF”).  The HSF is the nation’s oldest and premier provider of college scholarships to Hispanic Americans.

“Both Charles and Rebecca truly represent our motto of ‘service above self’ and we are extremely honored to thank them for their work throughout their careers,” said Ed Sunter, President of the Rotary Club of Springfield.

The Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase will tip-off with Division II schools AIC and Philadelphia University at 3:00 pm. Philadelphia is coached by Herb Magee, the all-time NCAA wins leader at any level and was recently Enshrined into the Hall of Fame this past summer. A Division III matchup between Springfield College and Trinity College will follow at 5:00 pm finishing with a Division I doubleheader. The 7:00 pm game will feature UMass and Siena with the final game between Fairfield and Old Dominion University starting around 9:00 pm.

For more information on tickets to the luncheon, please contact Jason Fiddler, Director of Museum Sales at 413-231-5540 or jfiddler@hoophall.com.

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. The Springfield Rotary Club meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at The Basketball Hall of Fame, West Columbus Avenue, Springfield.

For more information on the Rotary Club of Springfield or becoming a member, please visit their Web site at www.springfieldmarotary.org.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Birthplace of Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.

For more information:
Visit us on the web: www.hoophall.com
… onFacebook: www.facebook.com/BBHOF
… on Twitter: @hoophall
… or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA

Monday
Nov212011

2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off All-Tournament Team

NAISMITH BRACKET

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Kentucky

Doron Lamb – Kentucky

Tim Frazier – Penn State

Kent Bazemore – Old Dominion

Augustus Gilchrist – South Florida

 
SPRINGFIELD BRACKET

Julian Boyd – Long Island

Jamal Olasewere – Long Island

Four McGlynn – Vermont

Chavaughn Lewis – Marist

Jareal Smith – Radford

Sunday
Nov202011

Coaches Quotes from Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament (Day 2)

GAME #1 - KENTUCKY vs. OLD DOMINION

Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari

On teams progress
“We are what we are. We’re a young team and we’re still learning. We got out of here alive though.”

On Darius Miller’s impact
“If Darius didn’t play we probably would of gotten beat by 10 or 12.”

On how teams will play them
“I think the blueprint of let’s be real physical. Body to body, bang in there and lets play zone is what we’ll probably see until we see a zone and kill you.”

On turnovers
“We will not win in the SEC with 21 turnovers. We should have 11 or 12 as a team not 21.”

On the team
“We have a long way to go. We are a good team but we have a long way to go. If we want to be special, guys have to keep making incremental steps.”

Darius Miller on his play in the game
“I just try to get what they give me. Coach talked to us about the game plan and I just tried to do what he said.”

On Old Dominion
“Old Dominion played great. They stuck to a game plan. They got the ball whenever they wanted to in the post.”

On Marquis Teague
“When we needed a basket that kid scored.”

Old Dominion Head Coach Blaine Taylor

On the game today
“We weren’t just happy to be here. We wanted to prove we were here to win. I’m not in to moral victories but our team gave a good effort.”

On the start of the season
“I thought we had a little bit of fatigue. We played our fifth game in eight days and we have gotten better and better.”

On Hall of Fame
“The setting here is very complimentary of the Hall of Fame. We’re coming back here in December to play in the event in Springfield. The accommodations were great, the hospitality was great and the tournament was a nice experience to this point.”

On outside shooting
“I think if we would of found some more threes and hit some more we would have been alright.”

On rebounding
“We were No. 1 in the country in rebounding last year and we have a long way to go this year with this team.”

On his teams effort
“I really don’t think any kid on our team thought he played the best he can. So that is very encouraging.”