Tuesday
Feb082011

Hall of Famer, Cesare Rubini, Passes Away at Age of 87

The Hall of Fame celebrates the life and mourns the passing of Cesare Rubini, HOF Class of 1994.

SPRINGFIELD, MA – February 8, 2011 – Hall of Famer Cesare Rubini passed away in Milan Tuesday morning at the age of 87, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  The only individual inducted into two sports’ Halls of Fame, Rubini was known as one of Italy’s best all-around athletes and sportsman. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 1994, and in 2000 was also inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as a Water Polo Player.


“Cesare Rubini was a remarkable athlete and coach whose impact on basketball, in particular, and sports, in general, can never be underestimated”, said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Our thoughts are with the Rubini family as we reflect on the remarkable, positive impact that his life’s work had on the growth and development of basketball in Italy and throughout the world.  His life and achievements will be celebrated here at the Hall of Fame today and throughout the years to come.”
In 1994, when Cesare Rubini was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame, headlines of his achievements blazed across newspapers in his beloved Italy. The native son had dedicated five decades of his life to the establishment, structure, refinement, and advancement of Italian basketball and tirelessly made Italian basketball an international contender. As both a player and a coach from 1941 to 1978, Rubini methodically built both the Simmenthal Club of Milan and Italian basketball from scratch. During this time, Rubini won fifteen Italian Basketball championships, five as a player (1950-55), and ten as a coach. In 31 years as head coach of the Simmenthal Club of Milan, Rubini won nearly 80 percent of his games.
A graduate of the University of Trieste, Rubini had been a member of FIBA's Central Board since 1984, and served as president of the World Association of Basketball Coaches since 1979.
Monday
Feb072011

Basketball Hall Of Fame Announces Final Ten Candidates For 2011 Bob Cousy Award

List of 70 plus narrowed to 20, now down to ten, Fan Voting Begins

FEBRUARY 7, 2011 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield,
Massachusetts announced today the final ten 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 Celtic great 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 and has now narrowed that list to a final ten.

“This final list of ten players represents the best of the best in college basketball at the point
guard position,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We
look forward to recognizing the nation’s top college basketball point guard and wish all the
candidates best of luck.”

“We have many excellent candidates for the 2011 award that share Mr. Cousy’s vision of a point
guard. We look forward to following each of these players as the season heads to the final weeks
and recognize the top player in college basketball at the point guard position at the Final Four,”
said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award.

Beginning February 8, via the Bob Cousy Award’s website – www.cousyaward.com – fans will
be able to vote for the top point guard. The player that receives the most fan votes will receive
one vote toward the final committee vote. Fan voting will run one month – beginning February 8
and will conclude March 8.

The current listing of ten finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be narrowed down to five
players by March 10th. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to
Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. 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 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be
awarded at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Monday April 4th in Houston, Texas as
part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

2011 Bob Cousy Award Finalists:

Norris Cole, Cleveland State
Corey Fisher, Villanova
Jimmer Fredette, BYU
DJ Gay, San Diego State
Brandon Knight, Kentucky
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Mickey McConnell, St. Mary’s
Nolan Smith, Duke
Isaiah Thomas, Washington
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
Feb072011

Basketball Hall Of Fame Announces Winners Of 2011 Morgan Wootten Award

Award Recognizes excellence in high school coaching

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. - FEBRUARY 7, 2011 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced the 2011 winners of the Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball. The annual awards, one for boys basketball and one for girls basketball, is named after Morgan Wootten, one of two coaches enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame that exclusively coached high school basketball.

The 2011 winner of the Morgan Wootten Award for boys’ basketball is Bob Hurley. Coach Hurley has coached basketball at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, New Jersey since 1972 building a local program into a national powerhouse in a community where hard times are a constant reminder of a world that is both uncertain and unsympathetic. Hurley has been more than a coach to his players; he has been a teacher, a father figure, advisor, mentor, and friend. The victories and championships are there to count, but the true measure of the man is the scores of young lives he has permanently touched. Coach Hurley was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2010 and has just recently earned his 1,000 career victory at St. Anthony.

The 2011 winner of the Morgan Wootten Award for girls’ basketball is Gene Klinge of Iowa. Coach Klinge has been on the sidelines coaching for nearly 50 years including the transition from six-person basketball to five-person basketball in the state of Iowa. His career began in 1962, and for the next 41 years he coached at West Central of Maynard where he would win 817 games before leaving the school in 2003. His next stop and where he still currently coaches is Waukon High School. In his first year at Waukon, he led the team to a 28-0 record and the state championship. Entering this season, Coach Klinge has won 956 total games and is currently the all-time wins leader in the girls basketball crazy state of Iowa.

“The selection of these two legendary high school coaches for this year’s Morgan Wootten Award continues the Hall of Fame’s goal of honoring excellence in the sport of basketball at all levels,” said John. L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “These coaches have touched the lives of thousands of basketball players and we are proud to recognize their lifetime achievement at the high school level.”

“Bob Hurley and Gene Klinge represent the very finest in high school basketball. As outstanding teachers, coaches and role models, they have touched the lives of thousands of young people. I am extremely pleased that I will able to present the Lifetime Achievement Awards to these fine coaches at this year’s McDonald’s All-American Games,” said Hall of Fame Class of 2000 member Morgan Wootten.

The Morgan Wootten Award winners were selected by a nationally based committee comprised of Hall of Famers, national high school media members, tournament directors and others that have significantly impacted the game. The awards will be presented by Morgan Wootten at the 2011 McDonald’s  All-American Game events this March in Chicago, Illinois.

Previous award boys’ basketball award winners have included Jack Curran (Archbishop Molloy, NY), Joe Gallagher (St. John’s College, DC), Ralph Tasker (Hobbs High School, NM) and Robert Hughes (Fort Worth Dunbar, TX. Previous winners of the girls’ basketball award have included Leta Andrews (Granbury High School, TX), Jim Smiddy (Bradley Central, TN), Dorothy Gaters (Chicago Marshall, IL) and Rick Insell (Shelbyville, TN).

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.



Thursday
Jan202011

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces 20 Finalists for Bob Cousy Award

List of 70 plus candidates down to final 20

JANUARY 12, 2011 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts announced today 20 finalists 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 Celtic great Bob Cousy. An original list of 70 plus candidates was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to the below list of 20.

“This list makes up college basketball’s elite at the point guard position,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “These 20 players incontention for the award all have skills that Mr. Cousy would be proud of. The Hall of Fame looks forward to having these players compete for one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.” 

“We are pleased with our list of 20 candidates that have advanced into the next round of the process,” said Ken Kauffman, Chair of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award. “We’ve got a very competitive field of players in contention for the award and we look forward to moving into the next phase. All of these players are well deserving of the recognition.” 

The current listing of 20 finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be narrowed down to 10 players in early February and then down five players by early March. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. These Hall of Fame 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 awarded at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Monday April 4th in Houston 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) and Greivis Vasquez (Maryland). For more information on the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, log onto www.cousyaward.com .

Bob Cousy Award Finalists:

Kevin Anderson University of Richmond

Norris Cole Cleveland State University

Malcolm Delaney Virginia Tech

Corey Fisher Villanova University

Jimmer Fredette Brigham Young University

DJ Gay San Diego State University

Tu Holloway Xavier University

Scoop Jardine Syracuse University

Brandon Knight University of Kentucky

Kalin Lucas Michigan State University

Demetri McCamey University of Illinois

Mickey McConnell St. Mary’s College

Jacob Pullen Kansas State University

Nolan Smith Duke University

Isaiah Thomas University of Washington

Jordan Taylor University of Wisconsin

Tyshawn Taylor University of Kansas

Kemba Walker University of Connecticut

Casper Ware Long Beach State

Chris Wright Georgetown University

 

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.

Wednesday
Jan192011

MAAC Unveils Plans for Basketball Hall of Fame Exhibit

Edison, N.J. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, in partnership with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, unveiled plans for an exhibit at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.  The exhibit will focus on several aspects of MAAC Basketball and is slated to open in the fall of 2011.  The plans coincide with Springfield hosting the 2012, 2013 and 2014 MAAC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships at the MassMutual Center.

"The MAAC Council of Presidents unanimously approved the exhibit that will provide our 10 member institutions excellent exposure to basketball fans of all ages," said MAAC Commissioner Richard J. Ensor.  "The display will celebrate the history of the MAAC, the experience of being a student-athlete and raise awareness of the annual conference championships taking place each year in Springfield."

The exhibit will feature several different themes.  Each of the 10 MAAC Institutions will have an individual kiosk to highlight the institution and its basketball history.  Featured items will include a team jersey, a large acrylic team logo and information on the institution.

Secondly, a piece entitled "A Day in the Life of a College Student-Athlete" will provide visitors unique insight into what it takes to succeed as a college student-athlete.  A video presentation will show selected MAAC student-athletes through their experiences, both inside the classroom and on the playing floor.

Another display will celebrate the 30-year history of the MAAC, including photos, artifacts and other memorabilia.  Lastly, a section will be devoted to current happenings in the MAAC, including up-to-date news, standings and information on championships.

“The Basketball Hall of Fame is excited to welcome the MAAC to the City of Springfield and the Hall of Fame,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The MAAC Championships in Springfield and the MAAC exhibit in the Hall of Fame continue the positive basketball additions to the City of Springfield.”

The presence of the MAAC in the Basketball Hall of Fame will include an exclusive area on the museum’s second floor.  The museum, which has 200,000 visitors annually, will feature the MAAC schools for the three years of the MAAC Championships.

The MAAC consists of 10 member institutions:  Canisius College (Buffalo, N.Y.), Fairfield University (Fairfield, Conn.), Iona College (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, Md.), Manhattan College (Riverdale, N.Y.), Marist College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), Niagara University (Niagara University, N.Y.), Rider University (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Saint Peter's College (Jersey City, N.J.), and Siena College (Albany, N.Y.).