2012 Tip-Off Tournament Brackets and Campus Games Unveiled

Tip-Off Tournament begins November 17th at the Mohegan Sun Arena

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the brackets and campus game schedule for the 2012 Tip-Off Tournament. The annual NCAA men’s exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place on Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut highlighted by eight schools in two four-team brackets.  

Teams scheduled to participate in this year’s Tip-Off tournament are: Loyola University Maryland (MAAC), Norfolk State University (MEAC), Ohio State University (Big Ten), Seton Hall University (Big East), University of Albany (America East), University of Missouri-Kansas City (Summit League), University of Rhode Island (Atlantic 10), University of Washington (Pac-12).

“We are proud to release this years brackets and match-ups,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “ As they once again showcase some of the best college programs in the country.”  
The 2012 Tip-Off Tournament game schedule will be separated into two brackets. The Springfield bracket will include: Albany, Loyola, UMKC and Norfolk State University.

The Naismith bracket will include: Ohio State University, University of Washington, Seton Hall, and the University of Rhode Island. Game times for both rounds will be announced at a later date.

Pre-sale of tickets for participating school fans will go on-sale via Ticketmaster on April 23rd.  General public tickets will be available starting July 23 via all Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Box Office.  All tickets will be good for all of the games on each day of the tournament.  For up to date information on the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, ticket and hospitality packages for the weekend games, log onto

Campus Round Schedule

November 9
Norfolk State University at University of Rhode Island
University of Missouri-Kansas City at Seton Hall University
University of Albany at Ohio State University
November 11
Loyola University Maryland at University of Washington
November 12
Norfolk State at Seton Hall University
November 13
University of Albany at University of Washington
November 23
University of Missouri-Kansas City at Ohio State University
Loyola University Maryland at University of Rhode Island

Neutral Site Brackets at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
November 17
Loyola University Maryland vs. Norfolk State University (Springfield Bracket)
University of Albany vs. University of Missouri-Kansas City (Springfield Bracket)
Seton Hall University vs. University of Washington (Naismith Bracket)
Ohio State University vs. University of Rhode Island (Naismith Bracket)
November 18
Springfield Bracket Consolation
Springfield Bracket Championship
Naismith Bracket Consolation
Naismith Bracket Championship


Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Final 5 candidates for 2012 Bob Cousy Award

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the final five candidates in consideration for the 2012 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, consisting of 60-plus candidates from around the country, was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20, down to 11 and now five candidates remain in consideration for one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.

“These five young men represent the elite at the point guard position in college basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Each finalist is extremely talented and has
exhibited tremendous leadership and passion for the game epitomizing everything Bob Cousy represented during his own career.”

The Hall of Fame’s blue ribbon selection committee, which will review the final five candidates for the award, is made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports
information directors and Hall of Famers.

The final five candidates are Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary’s), Damian Lillard (Weber State), Kendall Marshall (North Carolina) and Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas), who was added back into consideration by the committee as a candidate due to his performances over the last month of the season for the Jayhawks.

"At the end of the season, the Bob Cousy Award wants to honor the best point guard in college basketball,” said Ken Kaufman, Chairman of the 2012 Bob Cousy Award and past NABC President.  “Our Committee reviews the candidates at each cut down checkpoint based on their season to-date, however it has the opportunity to review all players -- even those outside of the remaining candidates -- to make any inclusion to the next round of votes for consideration."

The winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be awarded at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Monday, April 2nd in New Orleans as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.


Eastern Michigan’s Tavelyn James Receives 2012 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (March 5, 2012) – Tavelyn James, a 5-foot-7 guard for the Eastern Michigan University Eagles, is the 2012 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.

James, Eastern Michigan’s all-time leading scorer, is one of only 11 student-athletes in Mid-American Conference history to reach 2,000 points. Holding records is nothing new to James, the university’s record holder in more than a dozen different categories. She ranks third on the conference’s career points list with 2,417, field-goals made (248) and three-pointers made (287). James is currently second in Division I women’s basketball this season in points per game, averaging 24.5.

James – an eight-time Mid-American Conference West Divisional Player of the Week honoree – was a member of USA Basketball’s women’s team that competed in the 2011 Pan American Games.  She is the first MAC student-athlete to make that roster. The health administration major has been named first team all-MAC twice.

"Showing outstanding character and athletic ability, Tavelyn has demonstrated every quality that defines the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "She has established herself as one of the greatest players of all-time in the Mid-American Conference with a remarkable number of records and a true leader for the Eastern Michigan program throughout her career."

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.  

James will be formally recognized during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the Plaza Ballroom at the Sheraton Downtown Denver.  This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in Denver.

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
2011 - Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga

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About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association 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 as a sport for women and girls. The WBCA is pleased to join the women's sports community in commemorating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which was passed by Congress on June 23, 1972, and provides females with equal opportunities in athletics in the U.S. For more information on the WBCA, please visit


Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Selections For 2012 Western Massachusetts Senior All-Star Games

60 seniors selected to participate in three games at Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the team rosters for the 2012 Western Massachusetts Senior High School All-Star Games that will be played on Tuesday March 23rd on the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Center Court.  Total of 60 players were selected from the region that will be divided among three games that will showcase the top seniors in our region for the final time.

“We are pleased to once again host the best of the best from Western Massachusetts,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Our region boasts so many talented basketball players and we look forward to showcasing their talents at the Hall of Fame in a final game to finish each player’s senior season.”  “We wish all of our players nothing but the best in the future and hope this will be an experience they will always remember.”

The teams were selected by a committee made up of local coaches and media members that represent each division on the boys and girls side.  Six teams of 10 were chosen and will be broken down into the following teams:  Division III boys, Division II boys, Division I girls, Division II/III girls and two Division I boys teams.  Only seniors are eligible for the All-Star games.  Games will begin at 5:30 PM on March 23rd with the Division II boys playing the Division III boys; at 7:00 PM, the Division I girls will battle the Division II/III girls team; the final game scheduled for 8:30 PM will feature two Division I boys teams competing against one another.

In partnership with, the Basketball Hall of Fame has created a “Player of the Year” award for one boy and one girl from the region.  Both of these awards will be presented that evening in a special presentation made to the recipients on Center Court.  A voting committee comprised of media members selected the winners of each award.  At halftime of the girl’s game, the Hall of Fame/ Western Mass. Girls Player of the Year will be announced and presented. During halftime of the corresponding boys game, the Boys Player of the Year will be celebrated.  Criteria for the awards include achievements on the court, sportsmanship and good character off the court.  All players, seniors and underclassman, are eligible.

Tickets will be available at the Hall of Fame box office the night of the games and will be good for all three of the scheduled games that evening.

Game 1:  5:30 PM

Division II Boys                                                         
Chris Ladd, Belchertown            
Casey White, Easthampton    
Keith Cotnoir, Hampshire            
Phil DePhillipo, Mahar    
Jesse Lacroix, Mahar    
Luis Agrait, South Hadley        
Elijah Marchese, Greenfield        
Tommy Mahoney, Southwick
John Kinne, Monument Mountain    
Peter Gregory, Taconic    

Division III Boys
Chris Bravo, Lenox
Matt Scapin, Lee
Mike McMahon, St. Joseph
Allan Rivera, Smith Vocational
Reynoldo Espada, Dean Tech
Aaron Gaj, Granby
Stephen Jackson, New Leadership
Nate Powers, Holyoke Catholic
Matt Gibson, Turners Falls
Nate Perret, Frontier

Game 2:  7:00 PM

Division I Girls                                                              
Arielle Ward, East Longmeadow    
Emily Stetkiewicz, East Longmeadow    
Alison Littles, Holyoke    
Monique Heard, Holyoke    
Samantha Barnes, Northampton    
Dana Theobald, West Springfield    
Emily Taylor, West Springfield    
Briana Leonard, Amherst    
Kristen Ferola, Amherst    
Jill Ritrosky, Pittsfield    

Division II/III Girls
Jen Begley, Monument Mountain
Alyssa Boardway, Granby
Haley Domina, Easthampton
Alyssa Klepacki, Smith Academy
Halie Laviolette, Palmer
Samantha Parker, Mahar
Kaylie Robidoux, Ware
Nykeisha Robinson, Commerce
Taylor Rooney, Cathedral
Kara Rys, Ware

Game 3:  8:30 PM

Division I Boys Team 1                                      
Jordan Monts, Cathedral    
Ryan DiBernardo, Cathedral    
Taylor Cason, Holyoke    
Austin, Keeler, Holyoke    
Alex Lopez, Commerce    
Jarrod Neumann, Northampton    
Jared Murphy, Northampton    
Joe Meade, Westfield    
Jesus Sanchez, Chicopee    
Keiland Cross, Pittsfield    

Division I Boys Team 2
Tyrell Springer, Central
Chris Prophet, Central
Javaughn MacMillan, Central
Lee Turner, Central
Jordan Almore, Putnam
Brendan Abad, Longmeadow
John Basile, Longmeadow
Tehuijo Nkamebo, Amherst
A.J. Efstratios, Agawam
Jason Erhardt, Minnechaug


Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces 12 Finalists for 2012 Election

First-Time Finalists include Reggie Miller, Rick Pitino, Bill Fitch and Katrina McClain

ORLANDO, FL and SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today, at NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando, an elite list of players, coaches, an official and one team as the 12 finalists from the North American and Women’s committees to be considered for election in 2012.  The recognition of being honored as a Hall of Fame finalist is a career highlight in the sport of basketball. This year’s list includes four first-time finalists: five-time NBA All-Star Reggie Miller, five-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, two-time NBA Coach of the Year Bill Fitch and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain.  Previous finalists included again this year for consideration are Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Don Nelson, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes and the All American Red Heads.  The Class of 2012 will be unveiled at the NCAA Final Four in April.

“The finalists for the Class of 2012 are a decorated group consisting of some of the greatest leaders that we have ever seen in the game of basketball,” said Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Governors.  “They represent all facets of the game from professional, collegiate, amateur and International levels for the sport.”

Also announced today are five Direct Elects who are the initial members of the Class of 2012.  They include Mel Daniels voted in from the American Basketball Association (ABA) Committee, Don Barksdale from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Lidia Alexeeva from the International Committee, Chet Walker from the Veterans Committee and Phil Knight from the Contributors Direct Election Committee.  This year marks the second year of the direct elect process.  Last year, the ABA and Early African-American Pioneers committees were added to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting process and to preserve a balance between two eras of basketball.  These five individuals have been directly elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame and will be a part of the Enshrinement Ceremonies in September along with the eventual members from the North American and Women’s committees.  

The complete list of finalists include from the North American Screening Committee: players Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Reggie Miller, Ralph Sampson and Jamaal Wilkes; coaches Bill Fitch, Dick Motta, Don Nelson and Rick Pitino; and referee Hank Nichols. From the Women’s Screening Committee: player Katrina McClain and team The All American Red Heads.

The Class of 2012 will be announced on Monday, April 2 at a news conference in New Orleans prior to the NCAA’s Men’s Championship game. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2012 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, September 7. Tickets to the 2012 Enshrinement and Induction Celebration are available by calling the Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5540.

Women’s Committee Finalists:
ALL AMERICAN RED HEADS [Team] – The All American Red Heads are known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters and the first women’s professional basketball team.  The team regularly played more than 200 games per season, winning 70% of them while touring thousands of miles reaching 49 states, Canada and the Philippines.  Over six decades (from 1936 to 1986), the team broke social barriers and stereotypes playing in small towns and rural hamlets, as well as Madison Square Garden and Chicago Stadium.

KATRINA McCLAIN [Player] – McClain is one of the most decorated athletes in USA Basketball national team history, winning two Olympic gold medals (1988 and 1996), Olympic Bronze (1992), three FIBA World Championship medals (gold in 1986 and 1990; bronze in 1994) and five more medals at the Goodwill Games, Pan Am Games and World University Games.  She was named the USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year in 1988 and 1992.  Before stepping onto the International stage, she was a two-time Kodak All-America (1986, 1987) and the 1987 WBCA National Player of the Year at the University of Georgia.

North American Committee Finalists:
MAURICE CHEEKS [Player] – Cheeks has been involved in the NBA either at the playing level or coaching level since 1978.  As a player, he was named to four NBA All-Star games, a four-time NBA All-Defensive team selection, member of one NBA championship team and set the steals and assist records for Philadelphia.  This Chicago native would then go onto coaching careers with the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers.  He retired fifth on the NBA career list for both assists (7,392) and steals (2,310).  Cheeks is currently an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

BILL FITCH [Coach] – Fitch is a two-time NBA Coach of the Year (1976 and 1980) who led the Boston Celtics to the 1981 NBA Championship.  The Iowa native began his coaching success by leading North Dakota University to consecutive NCAA Division II Final Fours (1965, 1966) and was a staple on the sidelines for 25 NBA seasons with five different teams from 1970 to 1998.  He recorded over 900 wins and ranks eighth in NBA history in victories while reaching five conference finals and becoming the second coach in history to lead a team to three straight 60-win seasons.

BERNARD KING [Player] – King is a four-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA First-Team selection, NBA All-Rookie Team and was the NBA Comeback Player of the Year in 1981.  Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he was a First Team All-America at the University of Tennessee before an NBA career that included stints with the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets.  He averaged over 22 points per game during his 15-year career including a 34.8 points per game average in the 1984 NBA Playoffs.

REGGIE MILLER [Player] – Miller was one of the greatest clutch scorers in NBA history, playing his entire 17-season NBA career with the Indiana Pacers finishing as the franchise’s all-time leader in points (25,279) and steals (1,505).  He was a five-time NBA All-Star, three-time All-NBA Third Team selection and won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1996.  From Los Angeles, he guided UCLA to the 1985 NIT Championship and finished third on the school’s all-time scoring list.  He ranks second on the NBA all-time list for three-point field goals made (2,560) and attempted (6,486).  He is ninth on the NBA career free-throw percentage list (.888) and seventh in career minutes played (47,619).  In addition to some memorable NBA playoff performances, he has the most three-pointers made (320) in playoff history.

DICK MOTTA [Coach] – Motta had coaching success at all levels of the game – starting at the junior college level in 1954.  He’s collected more than 1,000 victories while at the junior college, high school, collegiate and NBA levels.  He guided the Washington Bullets to the 1978 NBA Championship, won NBA Coach of the Year in 1971, led Weber State to two Big Sky regular season championships, and won a state high school championship in Grace, Idaho.  Over his NBA career, he led five different NBA teams – the Bullets, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets.

DON NELSON [Coach] – Nelson, the all-time winningest coach in NBA History with over 1,300 victories is one of only two coaches to be named NBA Coach of the Year three times (1983, 1985 and 1992).  He spent over 40 years of his life as a player, coach and general manager.  He has led teams to 18 playoff appearances where he amassed 75 playoff wins and is one of only two NBA coaches to win 250 games with three different teams.  In 2007, he led the Golden State Warriors to the first #8 seed upset over a #1 seed in a seven-game series when they defeated the Dallas Mavericks.  He also coached Dream Team II to a gold medal in the 1994 World Championships.  Nelson is the only coach with 1,000+ wins and multiple NBA championships as a player, where he won five titles with the Boston Celtics (1966, 1968, 1969, 1974 and 1976).

HANK NICHOLS [Referee] – Nichols focused his career in basketball around the rules of the game.  A long-time NCAA basketball official who has refereed six national championship games, 10 final fours, three NIT Finals and 13 ACC Championships – officiated at the top of collegiate basketball for decades.  He officiated on the world stage officiating two Olympic games and one European championship.  After his officiating career, he would become the national coordinator of officials for the NCAA for over 20 years and was instrumental in the progression of rule changes at the collegiate level and he remains one of the most influential rules architects in history.

RICK PITINO [Coach] – Pitino is the only coach in men’s history to lead three different schools to NCAA Final Four appearances as he did with Providence College, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville.  He led Kentucky to the 1996 National Championship and then reached the title game again with the Wildcats the following year.  He has won over 600 games in his collegiate career, reached the Final Four five different times (1987, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2005), led his teams to 20 postseason appearances and won nine conference tournament championships.  He earned Coach of the Year honors from different sources three different years.  Pitino also held two stints as an NBA head coach with the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, leading the Knicks to two playoff appearances.

RALPH SAMPSON [Player] – Sampson is one of the top collegiate players of all-time, where at Virginia he became only the third three-time National College Player of the Year.  He was a three-time Naismith Award winner, two-time Wooden Award recipient and led the Cavaliers to the NIT Championship and one Final Four appearance.  He was only the sixth player in NCAA history to collect 2,000 points and 1,500 rebounds.  In 1983, he was the No. 1 draft pick by the Houston Rockets.  In the NBA, he was named to three NBA All-Star games, collected Rookie of the Year honors in 1984 and was named MVP of the 1985 NBA All-Star game.  

JAMAAL WILKES [Player] – Wilkes, a California native, spent his entire high school, college and professional career in his home state, playing under Hall of Famer John Wooden at UCLA prior to a successful NBA career with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.  At UCLA, he would win two National Championships and receive All-America honors in 1974.  He was also a three-time GTE Academic All-America selection.  In the NBA, he won four championships while reaching the NBA finals six times.  He was a three-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA All-Defensive second team and received Rookie of the Year honors in 1975.