Thursday
Mar312011

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Winner of 2011 Bob Cousy Award

UConn’s Kemba Walker wins prestigious Hall of Fame Award

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – March 31, 2011 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that Kemba Walker from the University of Connecticut is the winner of the 2011 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.  This annual award is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy.  An original list of more than 70 candidates made up of players from all around the country was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20, down to 11, and a final five before voting on the winner of one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.

“The Hall of Fame is proud to present one of college basketball’s premier awards to Kemba Walker from the University of Connecticut,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Kemba represents the best in the game at his position and truly represents Bob Cousy’s vision for this award.”

“We are honored to present Kemba Walker the 2011 Bob Cousy Award,” said Ken Kaufman, Chairman of the Bob Cousy Award.  “Kemba’s work on the floor has clearly been the driving force of the successful Connecticut season and we could not think of a more deserving candidate for this year’s award.  We look forward to honoring Kemba in Houston on April 4th.”

Kemba, a junior guard from the Bronx, New York, has guided the Huskies to the Final Four after the team was absent from most pre-season media polls.  He led UConn to an improbable Big East Tournament title, winning five games in five days while earning MVP honors by setting the tournament scoring record – by 46 points.  Named First-Team All-Big East, Kemba averages nearly 25 points per game and is one of only four players in the NCAA to average 20 points, five rebounds and four assists per game this season.  He is a finalist for the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award and selected first-team All-America by the AP and USBWA.

“I am thrilled that Kemba has been named the winner of the Bob Cousy Award. He is having one of the great seasons ever in college basketball history,” said Jim Calhoun, head coach of the Huskies and member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2005. “Beyond the stats, game-winning shots and accolades, he epitomizes the leadership that a great point guard must have and what he has done to lead our young team to a BIG EAST Championship and to a spot in the Final Four has been unforgettable.”

The other 2011 finalists included Norris Cole (Cleveland State), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Nolan Smith (Duke) and Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin).

Each of the final five candidates was reviewed by the Hall of Fame’s Blue Ribbon Selection Committee, chaired by former NABC President and Hall of Fame Trustee Ken Kaufman. The Blue Ribbon Selection Committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. 

The 2011 Bob Cousy Award presentation will be on Monday April 4 as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Class Announcement in Houston at the Final Four. 

Previous Winners of the Bob Cousy Award

2004                Jameer Nelson           St. Joseph’s

2005                Raymond Felton         North Carolina

2006                Dee Brown                 Illinois

2007                Acie Law                     Texas A&M

2008                D.J. Augustin              Texas

2009                Ty Lawson                  North Carolina

2010                Greivis Vasquez          Maryland

 

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, 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

Tuesday
Mar292011

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Winner of Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award

Jacob Pullen recognized as 2011 award winner

SPRINGFIELD, MA The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts today announced the winner of the 2011 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award. This award is given annually to one senior, six-foot and under, who thrived in the classroom and on the playing court.

This year’s winner is Jacob Pullen from Kansas State University.  Jacob averaged more than 20 points per game this year for the Wildcats, leading them to a 23-11 record and an appearance in the third round of the NCAA tournament.  With his 38 points against Wisconsin in his final game, Jacob also became the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,132 points. He also ranks on the Kansas State all-time list for steals, three-point field goals and assists and holds career records for games played and double-digit scoring games.

The school’s first three-time team captain, Pullen will graduate with a degree in criminology from Kansas State in May 2010.  He has been involved in several community service projects, including Read to Achieve, Adopt A Family, Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity.

“We are proud to honor Jacob Pullen with the 2011 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award”, stated John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The combination of his success on the court, and his achievements in the classroom as a student-athlete, make him a deserving recipient who exemplifies the qualities this award is designed to celebrate.” 

The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award is named in honor of James Naismith's daughter-in-law. A panel of representatives from the National Association of Basketball Coaches selects the recipient. To earn the award, the recipient must demonstrate leadership, character, loyalty, all-around basketball ability, and excellence in the classroom. 

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 on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 413-781-6500.

Previous Winners of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award 

1969 William Keller, Purdue University                    1991 Keith Jennings, East Tennessee State

1970 John Rinka, Kenyon                                        1992 Tony Bennett, Wisconsin-Green Bay

1971 Charlie Johnson, University of California        1993 Sam Crawford, New Mexico State

1972 Scott Martin, University of Oklahoma             1994 Greg Brown, University of New Mexico

1973 Robert Sherwin, Army                                    1995 Tyus Edney, UCLA

1974 Mike Robinson, Michigan State                       1996 Eddie Benton, University of Vermont

1975 Monte Tow, North Carolina State                   1997 Brevin Knight, Stanford University

1976 Frank Alagia, St. John’s                                  1998 Earl Boykins, E. Michigan University

1977 Jeff Jonas, Utah                                              1999 Shawnta Rogers, George Washington U.

1978 Mike Schieb, Susquehanna                            2000 Scoonie Penn, Ohio State Universtiy

1979 Alton Byrd, Columbia                                      2001 Rashad Phillips, Detroit

1980 Jim Sweeney, Boston College                        2002 Steve Logan, University of Connecticut

1981 Terry Adolph, West Texas State                    2003 Jason Gardner, University of Arizona

1982 Jack Moore, University of Nebraska               2004 Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph’s

1983 Ray McMallum, Ball State University               2005 Nate Robinson, University of Washington

1984 Ricky Stokes, University of Virginia                2006 Dee Brown, University of Illinois

1985 Bubba Jennings, Texas Tech University         2007 Tre’ Kelley, University of South Carolina

1986 Jim Les, Bradley University                            2008 Mike Green, Butler University

1987 Tyrone Bogues, Wake Forest University       2009 Darren Collison, UCLA

1988 Jerry Johnson, Florida Southern                    2010 Sherron Collins, University of Kansas

1989 Tim Hardaway, UTEP

1990 Greg Harvey, St. John’s

Thursday
Mar242011

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to Participate in Autism Speaks "Light It Up Blue" Campaign in Support of World Autism Awareness Day & Autism Awareness Month

Buildings Illuminate Blue On April 1 and 2 as Part of a Global Initiative to Help Raise Awareness and Shine a Bright Light on a Growing Public Health Crisis

SPRINGFIELD, MA - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will illuminate with special blue lights on the evenings of Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 in support of Autism Speaks’ global Light It Up Blue campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) and Autism Awareness Month. Over 450 iconic landmarks, airports, bridges, sports arenas, museums, concert halls, restaurants as well as retail, corporate and media partners in over 120 U.S. cities and 30 countries will light up in bright blue that evening to raise awareness and shine a light on autism as a growing public health crisis now affecting 1 in every 110 American children.

Ways members of the community can support Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign:

  • Light windows or homes with specially marked blue light bulbs and LED lanterns sold exclusively at Home Depot stores nationwide
  • Download the FREE LIUB iPhone App at the iTunes Store and turn your own pictures blue with a choice of five different style frames
  • Bake puzzle piece shaped cookies and frost them with blue icing, then bring them to your school, work or place of worship to raise autism awareness
  • Build a Blue Website and ask friends and family to support Autism Speaks by making a donation to your personal page  
  • Wear blue clothing and the Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin on April 2 and ask your co-workers, schools and friends to wear blue too. Take pictures and add them to our Flickr gallery at www.lightitupblue.org
Monday
Mar212011

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Western Mass. High School Players of the Year

1st annual award for boys and girls players of the year

March 21, 2011 - Springfield, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts today announced the winners of the 1st annual Western Massachusetts Players of the Year presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame and MassLive.com.  The players of the year will be an annual award presented at the Western Massachusetts Senior High School All-Star Games held annually at the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Center Court following the state finals in March. 

“The Hall of Fame is pleased to recognize each of these deserving individuals,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Hall of Fame celebrates excellence at all levels of the game and having a local award for high school players in Western Massachusetts is a natural extension to our awards program.”

"Supporting high school sports is an important part of MassLive's commitment to our local community and we're excited to partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame on this new award," said MassLive.com Editor-in-Chief Ed Kubosiak Jr.

The 1st annual boys’ basketball player of the year award goes to Alex Garstka from Westfield High School.  Alex guided Westfield High School to the Western Massachusetts Championship game before falling to Northampton.  He averaged just under 20 points per game for Westfield this year and accumulated 1,172 points for his career.  For his efforts, Alex is the 2nd all-time leading scorer in Westfield High School history and was a key contributor in the success of the Westfield program for the past three years.

The 1st annual girls’ basketball player of the year goes to Monique Heard from Holyoke High School.  Monique, currently a junior, led Holyoke High School to the Western Massachusetts Semifinal round before falling to Amherst.  She recorded her 1,000th career point in the final regular season game this year against Northampton – a game in which she scored 41 total points, including seven three-point shots.  Monique is the only Holyoke High School girl in school history to reach her 1,000th career point in three years and is within range of breaking the all-time Holyoke High School scoring record next season.

"Monique and Alex embody a commitment to excellence that provides a blueprint for other student athletes across Western Mass. to emulate,” Kubosiak said.

The award winners were selected by a group of local media members and will be presented at a special presentation as part of the senior high school All-Star games on Tuesday night, March 22nd.   Criteria for the awards include achievement on the court, sportsmanship and character off the court. 

Wednesday
Mar162011

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces 2011 Tip-Off Teams and Schedule

Mohegan Sun Arena to host Hall of Fame Event 

March 16, 2011 – Springfield, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced the field of teams and game schedule for the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame’s Tip-Off Tournament, an annual NCAA men’s basketball exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.  The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off will take place on Saturday, November 19th, and Sunday, November 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.  Eight schools will compete in two four-team brackets over the weekend at one of the premier destinations in New England.

Teams scheduled to compete in the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off are:  Long Island University (Northeast), Marist College (MAAC), Old Dominion University (CAA), Penn State University (Big Ten), Radford University (Big South), University of Kentucky (SEC), University of South Florida (Big East) and the University of Vermont (America East). 

“The 2011 Hall of Fame Tip-Off will showcase excellent basketball at one of the finest facilities in New England,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The participating schools are rich in basketball tradition and we look forward to welcoming each of them to this exciting tournament and the Basketball Hall of Fame in November.”

The game schedule at Mohegan Sun opens with four games on November 19th – separated into two sessions.  In first round action of Bracket 1, Long Island University takes on Radford University and the University of Vermont battles Marist College.  First round action of Bracket 2 will feature Old Dominion University taking on the University of South Florida while the University of Kentucky will face Penn State University.  

Games conclude on Sunday, November 20th with four games – consolation and championship games of Bracket 1 and Bracket 2.  Game times and sessions for both rounds will be announced at a later date.

“We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with the Basketball Hall of Fame and to be hosting the Tip-Off Tournament here at Mohegan Sun this coming November,” said Jeff Hartmann, President and Chief Executive Officer for Mohegan Sun. “As one of the top-ranked entertainment venues in the world, we have hosted some of the best sporting events around and the Tip-Off event is no exception.“

In addition to the games at Mohegan Sun Arena, Old Dominion University, Penn State University, University of Kentucky and the University of South Florida will each host two campus site games as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.   Those games are scheduled between November 11 and November 23, 2011.

Four of the games from Mohegan Sun will be televised by ESPN networks.  Television details will be announced at a later date.

“ESPN is thrilled to partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame to bring exciting early season college basketball competition to fans of these great universities across the country,” said Nick Dawson, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at ESPN.  “We share the Hall of Fame’s passion for the sport of college basketball and look forward to a great event in November.”

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will serve as the host conference for the annual event.  The MAAC will host the men’s and women’s basketball championships at the MassMutual Center in Springfield beginning in March 2012 and has developed a strong partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame, including the opening of a MAAC exhibit in the Hall of Fame museum that will be unveiled in the fall. 

“The MAAC is excited to extend its support of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Tip-Off Tournament again in 2011,” said Rich Ensor, Commissioner of the MAAC.  “The MAAC and the Hall of Fame continue to expand its relationship and we look forward to working together in the future on many projects, including the Tip-Off Tournament.”

Tickets for the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Mohegan Sun Arena will go on-sale in the near future.  For more information on the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, ticket packages and hospitality packages for the weekend games, log onto www.halloffametipoff.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 on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 413-781-6500.

About Mohegan Sun:

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming and shopping destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.  Connect with us on facebook.com/mohegansun, follow us on twitter.com/mohegansun and view us on youtube.com/mohegansunvideos.

 

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 10 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Loyola University Maryland, Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Rider University, Saint Peter's College and Siena College. For more on the conference, please visit www.maacsports.com.