Monday
Jan162012

2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic All-Tournament Team

As compiled by MassLive.com

All Tourney Players:
National: Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman
Local: Tyler Nelson, Central Catholic
Girls: Breanna Stewart, Cicero North

2012 Hoophall Classic All-Tournament First Team
Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman
Nerlens Noel, Tilton
Tyler Lewis, Oak Hill
Aaron Thomas, Brewster
Kyle Anderson, St. Anthony

2012 Hoophall Classic All-Tournament Second Team
Dominic Artis, Findlay
Kris Jenkins, Gonzaga
Katin Reinhardt, Mater Dei
Grant Jerrett, LaVerne Lutheran
Jabari Parker, Chicago Simeon

2012 Hoophall Classic All-Local Team
Tyrell Springer, Central
Tyler Nelson, Central Catholic
Joe Crapps, New Leadership
Jaylen Brantley, Wilbraham & Monson
Kamali Bey, Wilbraham & Monson

 

Friday
Jan062012

Seven Games plus Skills Challenge Nationally Televised on ESPN Networks During Basketball Hall of Fame’s Five-Day 2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic

Five of the nation’s Top 6 ESPN FAB 50 teams face-off in the birthplace of basketball at the prestigious Hoophall Classic from January 12-16 in Springfield, Mass.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – With seven nationally televised games, five days of exciting action and over 45 participating teams, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic, presented by Big Y World Class Markets, will once again be held at Springfield College’s Blake Arena from January 12-16 during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.  This year’s exciting matchups include six of the top eight teams from the ESPN FAB 50 including No. 1 Simeon Career Academy (Chicago, IL), No. 2 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA), No. 4 St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, NJ), coached by Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Hurley, Sr., No. 5 DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD), No. 6. Findlay College Prep (Henderson, NV) and No. 8 Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA).

Seven games plus the Spalding Skills Competition will be televised nationally on the ESPN Networks on Sunday and Monday, four games will be televised on Connecticut Public Television and one game will be broadcast on Sirius XM Radio channel 92 on Monday.

Television/Radio Broadcast Schedule:
Fri/6:00 pm - W. Springfield Girls (MA) vs. Cicero North Girls (NY) - CPTV
Sat/12:00 pm - Springfield Central (MA) vs. Windsor High School (CT) - CPTV
Sat/6:00 pm - No. 2 Oak Hill (VA) vs. No. 23 Prestonwood Christian (TX) - CPTV
Sat/8:00 pm - Northwest Catholic (CT) vs. No. 5 DeMatha Catholic (MD) - CPTV
Sun/2:00 pm - Friends' Central (PA) vs. St. Mark's (MA) - ESPNU
Sun/4:00 pm - Brewster Academy (NH) vs. Tilton School (NH) - ESPN
Sun/6:00 pm - New Hampton Prep (NH) vs. Notre Dame Prep (MA) - ESPN3
Sun/8:30 pm - Spalding Skills Contest (Half-Court Hustle, Slam Dunk, 3-Point) - ESPN3
Mon/11:00 am - No. 34 Miller Grove (GA) vs. No. 4 St. Anthony (NJ) - ESPNU/SiriusXM channel 92
Mon/1:00 pm - No. 24 Bishop Gorman (NV) vs. No. 5 DeMatha Catholic (MD) - ESPNU
Mon/3:00 pm - No. 1 Simeon (IL) vs. No. 6 Findlay Prep (NV) - ESPNU
Mon/5:00 pm - No. 8 Mater Dei (CA) vs. Christ the King (NY) - ESPNU

The 2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic also continues its tradition of talented players by featuring more than 25 of the current ESPNU Top 100 in the class of 2012, including No. 1 Shabazz Muhammad (Bishop Gorman High School/Las Vegas, NV), No. 2 Mitch McGary (Brewster Academy/Wolfeboro,NH), No. 4 Brandon Ashley (Findlay Prep/Henderson, NV), No. 5 Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony High School/Jersey City, NJ), No. 6 Kaleb Tarczewski (St. Mark’s School/Southborough, MA), No. 7 Anthony Bennett (Findlay College Prep/Henderson, NV), No. 9 Grant Jerrett (LaVerne Lutheran/LaVerne, CA) as well as the top three ESPNU 2013 standouts Jabari Parker (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, IL), Nerlens Noel (Tilton High School/Tilton, NH) and Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian/Plano, TX).

On Friday night, the nation’s No. 1 girls recruit, Breanna Stewart, will lead Cicero-North against West Springfield High School.  Stewart has committed to play for UConn next year.

Last year’s games were highlighted by current college standouts Anthony Davis (Kentucky), Michael Gilchrist (Kentucky), Myck Kabongo (Texas), Shannon Scott (Ohio State) and Quinn Cook (Duke).  Spalding Hoophall Classic alumni who made their mark in this year’s 2011 NBA draft include No. 1 draft pick Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland), Brandon Knight (Detroit), Kemba Walker (Charlotte), Josh Selby (Memphis), Cory Joseph (San Antonio), and Tobias Harris (Milwaukee).        

In addition to the game, Spalding also sponsors the Spalding Skills Challenge. The Skills Challenge features three events including the Spalding Half-Court Hustle, Spalding 3-Point Shootout and the Spalding Slam Dunk Contest at Blake Arena on Sunday, January 15th.  An associated youth tournament, Junior Hoophall Classic, will return this year with details located at www.basketbull.org.  

MassLive.com, the online home of The Republican, will provide extensive coverage of the 2012 Hoophall Classic including game stories, videos, stats, photos and player interviews. Log on to MassLive.com/HoophallClassic for complete coverage.  

The Basketball Hall of Fame’s Spalding Hoophall Classic is presented by Big Y World Class Markets, with premium sponsorship from Northeast Utilities. Supporting sponsors for the Hoophall Classic are NIKE, MassMutual Financial Group and Springfield College.  The RUSH, which has been added as the official videographer this year, is a company that captures highlights of sporting events, which are sent to subscriber’s smartphones and computers in real time.

Tickets for the event are $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, please visit the official web site, www.thehoophallclassic.com.  

About Spalding
Division of Russell Corporation, the Spalding Group is now the largest basketball equipment supplier in the world. Spalding is the official basketball of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA, the official volleyball of the King of the Beach Volleyball Tour and the official football of Pop Warner. In addition to being the leading producer and marketer of basketballs, footballs, volleyballs and soccer balls, Spalding produces softballs under the Dudley brand. For more information, visit www.spalding.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 1-877-4-HOOPLA.

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… or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA

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
… on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BBHOF
… on Twitter: @hoophall
… or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA

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