Black History Month: Basketball Hall of Fame is Proud to Support “On the Shoulders of Giants”

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to support Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his film entitled On the Shoulders of Giants. This documentary honors the legacy of a group of basketball pioneers that have paved the way for so many of today’s athletes. This amazing story illustrates the struggle during the time of the Harlem Renaissance, for many greats such as West Indies native, Bob Douglas. Douglas’ and his team the Harlem Rens experienced extreme racism and through it all, their unwavering determination prevailed.

The story of the greatest team you have never heard of was made as a labor of love; the documentary is compiled of archival footage, innovative 3D graphics and reenactments, along with interviews with celebrities and sports legends. We need your support as we tell the story of young men, who remind us that we are all standing On the Shoulders of Giants. The documentary will premiere tonight on Showtime at 8:30p.m. And is also available for purchase at

“It’s easy to say that a film like this should be shown to schoolchildren and budding athletes—as it should—but I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t respond to such a fascinating topic, presented in such appealing fashion. If this reads like a rave review, it’s because On the Shoulders of Giants knocked me out. I hope it finds the audience it so richly deserves.”
—Leonard Maltin, Film Critic

“On the Shoulders of Giants (is) one of the most inspirational, entertaining and enlightening sports documentaries I’ve ever seen.”
—Richard Roeper, Film Critic Chicago Sun-Times


Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Winners of the 2012 Morgan Wootten Award

 - February 9, 2012 -

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the winners of the 2012 Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball. This prestigious award is named after Morgan Wootten, who is one of two high school coaches enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The annual award is presented to one boy’s basketball coach and one girl’s basketball coach. 

The 2012 winner of the Morgan Wootten Award for boy’s basketball is Ed Pepple from Mercer Island High School (Mercer Island, WA). Pepple is the longest-tenured basketball coach in the state of Washington. He has coached at Mercer Island since 1968 and immediately impacted the program. Pepple has led his teams to 21 KingCo championships, four state championships, and was runner-up four times. He has the most wins of any active head coach (902-305), and has appeared in 26 state championships. Pepple has been named Washington State Coach of the Year seven times and named Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1997. 

The 2012 winner of the Morgan Wootten Award for girls’ basketball is Brad Smith from Oregon City High School (Oregon City, OR). Coach Smith has coached the Oregon City High School girl’s basketball team for 27 seasons, compiling a 654-94 win-loss record (.874), the best record by far among retired and current girls coaches in the state. His teams won 25 league championships; an unprecedented 10 state titles; and they were named “USA Today National Champions” in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Smith has received many honors, including National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, the Oregon Banquet of Champions Slats Gill Coach of the Year and Citizen of the Year in 2007. 

“Coach Pepple and Coach Smith are both great ambassadors to the game of basketball,” said John. L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “They have impacted the lives of many young student athletes, and we are honored to recognize their achievements in coaching high school basketball.” 

“I am extremely honored to be presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Coach Pepple and Coach Smith as they both represent excellence in the game of basketball at all levels,” 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. Morgan Wootten will present the awards at the 2012 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), Robert Hughes (Fort Worth Dunbar, TX) and Bob Hurley, Sr. (St. Anthony’s, NJ). 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), Rick Insell (Shelbyville, TN) and Gene Klinge (West Central of Maynard, IA).


Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Final 11 candidates for 2012 Bob Cousy Award

- February 2, 2012 -

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield,
Massachusetts announced today the 11 finalists 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. An original list of 60-plus
candidates was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally-based committee to the below
list of 11 student-athletes.

“We are excited to announce this years final 11 candidates, as they all exemplify the skills and
talent necessary to make an elite point guard” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Hall of Fame looks forward to watching these
players compete for one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.”

“The list is getting harder and harder to trim down” said Ken Kauffman, Chair of the 2012 Bob
Cousy Award. “We have so many elite college point guards that represent what Mr. Cousy
epitomized as a player.”

Beginning Wednesday, February 6th, via the Bob Cousy Award’s website – – 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 6th and will conclude March 6th.
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

The current listing of 11 finalists for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be narrowed down to 5
players on March 8th. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr.
Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The 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 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.

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.

2012 Bob Cousy Award 11 Finalists
Pierre Jackson, Baylor
Scott Machado, Iona
Casper Ware, Long Beach State
Phil Pressey, Missouri
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary’s
Scoop Jardine, Syracuse
Damian Lillard, Weber State
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin



2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic All-Tournament Team

As compiled by

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



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, 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 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,  

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

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 or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA.


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