Friday
Feb152013

John Feinstein and Eddie Doucette Named Recipients of Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award 

Eddie Doucette, the original voice of the expansion Milwaukee Bucks, and John Feinstein, one of the most prolific basketball writers of all time, are the 2013 Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients.

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Thursday
Feb142013

Mannie Jackson Documentary Airs Feb 18 on the Big Ten Network

Mannie Jackson Former Chairman of the board and owner of the Harlem Globetrotters releases his new book Boxcar To Boardrooms, followed by the national airing of his documentary Boxcar To Boardrooms February 18, 2013 9:30pm EST, on the Big Ten Network.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Final 12 Candidates for 2013 Bob Cousy Award

The Basketball Hall of Fame announces the 12 finalists on the watch list for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award which recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball.

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Friday
Feb012013

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Winners of the 2013 Morgan Wootten Award

Award recognizes excellence in high school coaching

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the winners of the 2013 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 recognizes two high school coaches, one for boy’s basketball and one for girl’s basketball.
 
The 2013 winner of the Morgan Wootten Award for boy’s basketball is Vito Montelli from St. Joseph High School (Trumbull, CT). Coach Montelli was the only basketball coach St. Joseph High School has ever had until his retirement at the end of last season. His last game as head coach would end with his 11th state championship and his 878th victory – the most by any New England high school basketball coach in history. Even after retirement, he remains a fixture at the school with an office next to the 2nd basketball coach in school history. The court at St. Joseph High School is named in his honor and it is where basketball will remain Coach Montelli’s profession, hobby and passion.

The 2013 winner of the Morgan Wootten Award for girl’s basketball is Sandra Meadows from Duncanville High School (Duncanville, TX). For 26 years, Coach Meadows has led Duncanville to nearly 750 victories and four state championships that included a 134-game winning streak. Her record on the court would lead her to receive numerous recognitions including induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. In total, she would win just over 900 games but her life was cut short at age 59 due to cancer. Duncanville High School has dedicated its gymnasium in honor of the former women’s coach who influenced so many lives while leaving a forever impact on Texas high school girl’s basketball.  

“Coach Montelli and Coach Meadows are both extraordinary coaches, mentors and teachers in life and the game of basketball. They have both done a tremendous job with their respective programs,” said John. L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We want to honor them for their continued efforts in helping mold and shape the lives of their young players.”

“It is always great to celebrate and recognize high school coaches, I am honored to be presenting the Lifetime Achievement Awards to these two highly esteemed 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. Morgan Wootten will present the awards at the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Game® events April 2nd 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), Bob Hurley, Sr. (St. Anthony’s, NJ) and Ed Pepple (Mercer Island High School, WA). 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), Gene Klinge (West Central of Maynard, IA) and Brad Smith (Oregon City High School, OR).

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

Thursday
Jan102013

Final 20 Candidates Announced for 2013 Bob Cousy Award

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the 20 watch list finalists for the 2013 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 men’s college basketball. An original list of 80 candidates was trimmed down by a nationally based committee to the below list of 20.

“This list embodies 20 of the nations most elite and dominate point guards in college basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Hall of Fame is honored to celebrate these feats, as we move forward to the latter stages of the selection process.”

“All 20 of these young men represent strong values of skill, determination and teamwork, all characteristics that made Mr. Cousy the iconic leader he was,” said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). “These young men are certainly deserving of this acknowledgement. We look forward to continuing the selection process, and seeing all of the players compete for this highly respected award.”

The current listing of 20 finalists for the 2013 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 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta 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), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and last year’s recipient Kendall Marshall (North Carolina). For more information on the 2013 Bob Cousy, log onto www.CousyAward.com.

2013 Bob Cousy Award Candidates
Jahii Carson, Arizona State University
Pierre Jackson, Baylor University
Quinn Cook, Duke University
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga University
Keith Appling, Michigan State University
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State University
Kendall Williams, New Mexico
Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State University
Aaron Craft, Ohio State University
D.J. Cooper, Ohio University
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State University
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State University
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse University
Mark Lyons, University of Arizona
Ray McCallum, University of Detroit Mercy
Peyton Siva, University of Louisville
Trey Burke, University of Michigan
Andre Hollins, University of Minnesota
Phil Pressey, University of Missouri
Erick Green, Virginia Tech

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