Basketball Hall of Fame Announces the 2012 Western Massachusetts High School Player of the Year Awards

2nd annual award for boys and girls players of the year

Springfield, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the winners of the 2nd annual Western Massachusetts Player of the Year awards presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame and  The awards are presented annually at the Western Massachusetts Senior High School All-Star Games held at the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Center Court on Thursday, March 22nd.

“This year’s recipients truly stand out of their class demonstrating unlimited talent and strong moral character” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Hall of Fame celebrates excellence at all levels of the game and is proud to continue with the second annual Western Massachusetts Players of the Year award.”

"Supporting high school sports is an important part of MassLive's commitment to our local community and we're excited to once again partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame for the second year," said Editor-in-Chief Ed Kubosiak Jr.

The 2nd annual boys’ basketball player of the year award goes to Tyrell Springer from Central High School. Springer helped the Golden Eagles reach the Boys Division 1 Championship by leading his team in scoring with 16.3 points per game. Showing off his strength and explosiveness the senior guard hit the 1,000-point milestone in a win over Amherst Regional earlier this season. Tyrell has been a key contributor in the success of the No. 1 ranked Central program for the past four years.

The 2nd annual girls’ basketball player of the year goes to Monique Heard from Holyoke High School.  Monique is the reigning winner of last years award and becomes the first every back-to-back winner. The 5-foot-2 senior guard led Holyoke to a 21-2 record and the teams’ first Division 1 title scoring a game high 19 points.  She recorded her 1,000th career point in the final regular season game last year against Northampton – a game in which she scored 41 total points, including seven three-pointers.

"Tyrell and Monique are exactly what the student athlete should represent and we are proud to honor their great accomplishments,” Kubosiak said.

The award winners were selected by a distinguished panel of local media members.  Criteria for the awards include achievement on the court, sportsmanship and character off the court.


Basketball Hall of Fame to Host Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families on March 31st

Springfield, MA (March 21, 2012) - To honor our nation’s military, the Home Base Program is inviting Iraq and Afghanistan Service Members, Veterans, and military families to attend the next outing in its winter Adventure Series at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. Admission is FREE to Active Military Service Members, Veterans, and their families to include all Hall of Fame exhibits on Saturday, March 31st from 12-4 pm. Attendees must RSVP as directed below as space is limited.
Activities include admission to the museum displays/exhibits, discounts on lunch or dinner to on-site restaurants and a short pickup game of hoops at the end of the day. The event will also include a brief speaking program at 1 pm in the theater.

"The Home Base Adventure Series would not be possible without the support of community champions like the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and their generous support of military families,” said Roger Knight, Director of Veteran Outreach for the Home Base Program.  “We are extremely pleased to join with the Hall of Fame in serving our veterans and families who have given so much for our country.”

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program provides clinical care and support services to service members veterans and families of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan who are affected by combat stress or traumatic brain injury (TBI)-- the “invisible wounds of war.” Home Base also provides education for clinicians and community members and research in the understanding and treatment of PTSD and TBI. For information about the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital Home Base Program, please visit

To secure your reservations and spread the word to friends and family please send the following information to secure your registration by March 26th to A limited number of spots are available so make your reservation as soon as possible!

1.    Veteran contact name, phone, email, branch of service
2.    Full name & age of all family members accompanying veteran
Home Base Media Contact:
Catherine Moore


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