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.

Thursday
Mar102011

Basketball Hall Of Fame Announces Bob Cousy Award Final Five

Winner announced April 1st, presentation April 4th in Houston

MARCH 10, 2011 --   The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced the final five candidates in consideration for the 2011 Bob Cousy 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 70 plus candidates made up of players from around the country was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20, down to 10 and now five candidates remain in consideration for one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.

“These final five players have truly separated themselves from the rest of the pack in college basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The Cousy Award screening committee has worked hard to narrow the field down and we look forward to recognizing a winner that represents Bob Cousy’s passion and skill for the game.” 

“Mr. Cousy’s vision for the award is well represented with these final five candidates,” said Ken Kaufman, Chairman of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award and past NABC President.  “These players represent the elite in college basketball at the point guard position and all would be fine recipients of the award.  We look forward to meeting this year’s winner in Houston over Final Four weekend.”

Each of the final five candidates will be 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 winner of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be announced on April 1 with the award presentation coming at the Final Four on Monday April 4 as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Class Announcement.

2011 Bob Cousy Award – Final Five

Norris Cole                 Cleveland State

Jimmer Fredette         BYU

Nolan Smith                Duke

Jordan Taylor             Wisconsin

Kemba Walker            Connecticut

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 1-877-4-HOOPLA

Monday
Mar072011

Gonzaga’s Courtney Vandersloot Receives 2011 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award 

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – Courtney Vandersloot, a 5-foot-8 senior guard for the Gonzaga University Bulldogs, is the 2011 recipient of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's outstanding female collegian 5-feet-8-inches and under who has excelled both athletically and academically.

A finalist for the State Farm® Wade Trophy, Naismith Trophy and John R. Wooden Trophy in 2010, Vandersloot is once again on the watch lists for all three awards this year.  She is also a finalist for the 2011 Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate point guard.  Vandersloot recently was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year for an unprecedented third-straight season.  She was the WCC Newcomer of the Year in 2008 and was the Seattle Times 2007 State Player of the Year her senior season at Kentwood High School in Covington, Wash.

Vandersloot, a sport management major at Gonzaga, is a big reason why the Bulldogs lead the nation in scoring offense at 86.2 points per game. She leads the NCAA in assists for the second-straight year, dishing out 9.9 assists per game. She also leads the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.19) and is 18th in the nation in steals per game (3.0).  She became the fourth player in NCAA history to pass out 1,000 assists in their career, currently totaling 1,048. She also led the West Coast Conference in scoring with 18.7 points per contest, which is currently 27th in the country.

"Courtney has distinguished herself as one of the top players in the country with her third consecutive conference player of the year award," stated John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "Not only has she demonstrated unmatchable leadership on the court during her senior season, but her entire career deserves recognition as we place her alongside the previous recipients of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award."

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

Vandersloot will be formally recognized during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the Indianapolis Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballroom.  This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in Indianapolis.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame pays tribute to the game's inventor, Dr. James Naismith. Located in Springfield, Mass., “the Birthplace of Basketball,” Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves men and women’s basketball at every level -- professional, collegiate, scholastic, Olympic, international and wheelchair.

Previous Winners of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award

1984 Kim Mulkey, Louisiana Tech

1985 Maria Stack, Gonzaga

1986 Kamie Ethridge, Texas

1987 Rhonda Windham, Southern California

1988 Suzie McConnell, Penn State

1989 Paulette Backstrom, Bowling Green

1990 Julie Dabrowski, New Hampshire College

1991 Shanya Evans, Providence College

1992 Rosemary Kisorek, West Virginia

1993 Dena Evans, Virginia

1994 Nicole Levesque, Wake Forest

1995 Amy Dodrill, Johns Hopkins

1996 Jennifer Rizzotti, Connecticut

1997 Jennifer Howard, North Carolina State

1998 Angie Arnold, Johns Hopkins

1999 Becky Hammon, Colorado State

2000 Helen Darling, Penn State

2001 Niele Ivey, Notre Dame

2002 Sheila Lambert, Baylor

2003 Kara Lawson, Tennessee

2004 Erika Valek, Purdue

2005 Tan White, Mississippi State

2006 Megan Duffy, Notre Dame

2007 Lindsey Harding, Duke

2008 Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin

2009 Renee Montgomery, Connecticut

2010 Alexis Gray-Lawson, Cal-Berkeley 


About the WBCA

Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as a sport for women and girls.  For more information about the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.

Monday
Feb282011

Historic 4-Point Shot Memorabilia Finds its New Home at the Hall of Fame 

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., to display historic memorabilia from basketball’s first-ever 4-pointer.

SPRINGFIELD, MA - History was made on Dec. 5, 2010, when basketball’s premier innovators, the Harlem Globetrotters, officially introduced the first-ever 4-point shot to the game of basketball—and the landmark moment will now be preserved for future generations at the mecca of the sport, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Harlem Globetrotter Dizzy Grant drilled the first official 35-footer in the closing seconds of the first quarter of the Globetrotters’ nationally televised victory over the Washington Generals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.  Dizzy led the festivities on Feb. 24, 2011, when the basketball and 4-point circle utilized on the shot were officially presented to John Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Throughout the Globetrotters’ 2011 "4 Times the Fun" North American Tour, which will travel to 220 cities in 46 U.S. States and six Canadian provinces between December 26 and April 17, every game will now feature two designated 4-point shooting circles on each side of midcourt, each located 35 feet from the basket (the circles are 12 feet beyond the NBA’s official 3-point line). Tickets for shows on the Globetrotters’ North American tour are now available. Find a show near you.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to nearly three hundred inductees and 60,000 square feet of basketball history. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests. The Harlem Globetrotters were inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2002, one of only eight teams to ever be so honored.  

Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, Howard Johnson Hotels, America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 85th consecutive year in 2011, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. The Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades.