Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Recipients of The Mannie Jackson - Basketball's Human Spirit Award

Grant Hill, Jim Calhoun and Dr. Richard Lapchick selected as 2012 honorees

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that Phoenix Suns guard Grant Hill, University of Connecticut men’s head coach Jim Calhoun and the Founder and Director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics In Sport, Dr. Richard Lapchick, have been named this year’s winners of The Mannie Jackson - Basketball’s Human Spirit Award.  The winners will be recognized on September 6th during events leading up to the 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremonies.

“This years winners of The Mannie Jackson - Basketball’s Human Spirit Award - are truly exceptional individuals,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “They have each greatly contributed to the improving of their communities and constituencies they serve.”

The criteria for award winners includes embracing the core values of the game through hard work, dedication, and resilience; striving to continuously improve the community they serve, and making an ongoing commitment to others.  Beyond the game, award winners must reflect the values of Mannie Jackson’s life-long mission to overcome obstacles and challenge the status quo, while taking responsibility for personal actions and seeking the highest standard of excellence.

“We are proud to honor three of the most deserving selections since the award was established,” said Jackson.  “Having known all three personally, I admire their sustained work and contributions to both the game of basketball and their communities.”

Hill, Calhoun, and Lapchick were chosen from a group of six finalists after nominations were screened by a selection committee, appointed by the Hall of Fame and Mr. Jackson.  Beginning in 2009, the finalists were grouped in three categories, representing the professional, amateur and grassroots levels of basketball.

Previous winners of the award include current NBA player Chauncey Billups and Samuel Dalembert; The V Foundation for Cancer Research; former Harlem Globetrotter and college basketball All-American Dr. John “Jumpin’ Johnny” Kline; former Georgetown University center and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo; Hall of Famers David Robinson and Jim Boeheim; Philadelphia legend Sonny Hill; and 2009 tri-winners, former NBA official Ken Hudson, Hall of Famer Bob Lanier and former NBA All-Star and Georgetown standout Alonzo Mourning.

The Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award Winners 2012

Representing the Professional Game:
Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns Guard – Known for his positive attitude, strong work ethic and high moral code, Hill has routinely left his mark in a number of cities where he played professionally. He lends his support not only to a variety of national issues but to local issues as well. Hill was recently awarded a key to the city of Reston, Virginia, where he was raised with the proceeds from that reception going to the Medical Care for Children Partnership, which provides medical services for needy children in the county. Hill also appeared on behalf of Foot Locker and Fila, at a Detroit middle school to kick-off a program designed to replace backboards in 250 area schools. In addition, GMC Trucks sponsored his visit to the Michigan Special Olympics Women’s basketball team where he spoke, joked, and shot baskets with the players.

Representing the Amateur ranks:
Jim Calhoun, University of Connecticut Hall of Fame Head Coach – Calhoun has used his success to champion many causes during his tenure at the University of Connecticut.  Having beaten cancer – twice, Coach Calhoun has devoted his time and money to help raise millions of dollars for cancer research and education.  In 1998, he and his wife established the Calhoun Cardiology Research Fund, donating $125,000 to the UConn Health Center.  Each year the Calhoun family host the Jim Calhoun Holiday Food Drive, which has raised over $1 million for the Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare, providing over 1.6 million meals to families in need. Since 1994, Calhoun has served as honorary chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, another example of his continued efforts to impact his community.  Jim Calhoun was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.

Representing the Grassroots ranks:
Dr. Richard Lapchick – Often described as “the social conscience of sport,” Lapchick became the only person named as “One of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sport” to head up a sport management program.  He remains President and CEO of the National Consortium for Academics and Sport and helped bring the NCAS national office to UCF. In December of 2006, Lapchick, his wife and daughter and a group of DeVos students formed the Hope for Stanley Alliance which is organizing groups of student-athletes and sports management students to go to New Orleans to work in the reconstruction efforts in the devastated Ninth Ward.  As of the fall of 2007, Hope for Stanley members have spent 19 weeks in the city in a partnership with the NOLA City Council.  Lapchick was named an honorary citizen by the New Orleans City Council in October 2007.

The Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award Winners 2007-2011

2011 Award Winners
Representing the Professional game: Chauncey Billups
Representing the Amateur ranks: The V Foundation
Representing the Grassroots ranks: Dr. John “Jumpin’ Johnny” Kline

2010 Award Winners
Representing the Professional ranks: Samuel Dalembert
Representing the Amateur ranks: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University
Representing the Grassroots ranks: Alfreda Harris

2009 Award Winners
Ken Hudson
Bob Lanier
Alonzo Mourning
2008 Award Winners
Sonny Hill
David Robinson
2007 Award Winner
Dikembe Mutombo


Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2012

Miller, Nelson, Sampson and McClain Headline Distinguished Group of 12 New Members to be Enshrined in Springfield on September 7th

NEW ORLEANS, La. and SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the 12 members of the Class of 2012 to be honored September 6-8, 2012 during this year’s Enshrinement Ceremonies.  The inductees include five-time NBA All-Star Reggie Miller, the NBA’s all-time winningest coach Don Nelson, three-time National College Player of the Year Ralph Sampson, two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain, distinguished basketball official and coordinator Hank Nichols, former college and NBA star Jamaal Wilkes and the first women’s professional basketball team, the All American Red Heads.  They join the five directly elected members who were announced during the NBA All-Star Weekend in February by distinguished committees focused on preserving all areas from the game of basketball.  These direct-elects 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 Contributor Direct Election Committee.  The Class Announcement, supported by the Hanover Insurance Group, was made at a press conference in New Orleans, the site of the 2012 NCAA Final Four, and televised live on NBA TV with host Jim Nantz from CBS Sports.

“We are extremely honored to welcome this prestigious class of players, coaches, officials, teams and pioneers from the game of basketball into the Hall of Fame,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “This group represents a spectrum of individuals who made their mark in history and we look forward to honoring them in September for their contributions.”

To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  Starting last year, the addition of the direct elect committees were incorporated into the election process to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting procedures and to preserve a balance between two eras of basketball.

“The Class of 2012 is a true representation of the game of basketball, reaching all levels within the sport,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board.  “We are pleased with the changes to the voting process by adding the direct elects and the impact it will make on recognizing the game’s true ambassadors into the future.”

The Class of 2012 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, September 7. Ticket packages to the 2012 Enshrinement Ceremony and all Enshrinement Events are on sale now and available by calling the Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5540.  Additional information on Enshrinement Week will be announced in the near future, and information will be available at


Women’s Committee:
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:
REGGIE MILLER [Player] – Miller was one of the greatest clutch scorers in NBA history, playing his entire 18-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 Riverside, California, 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.

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.

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.

International Committee
LIDIA ALEXEEVA [Coach] – Alexeeva is one of the most successful coaches in International basketball history, highlighted by leading the Soviet Union National Team as head coach to gold medals in the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Games, four FIBA World Championship titles (1967, 1971, 1975, 1983), four World University Games gold medals, 10 European Championships and 17 USSR National Championships.  She was undefeated in International play for over 17 years.  She also coached Hall of Famer Uljana Semjonova.  As a player, Alexeeva played on Soviet National Teams that won four European Championships (1950, 1952, 1954, 1956).  She has also been enshrined in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (1999) and FIBA Hall of Fame (2007).

Direct Elect from the Early African-American Pioneers of the Game Committee:
DON BARKSDALE [Contributor] – One of the true pioneers in the game of basketball, Barksdale broke the color barrier multiple times as the first African-American NCAA All-America, the first to make the U.S. Olympic team, and the first to play in a NBA All-Star game.  Following his military service in World War II, Barksdale led UCLA to the Pacific Coast Conference championship and became the first African-American signed by an American Basketball League (ABL) team with the Oakland Bittners where he set the ABL scoring record in his debut season.  Part of the 1948 Olympic team in London, he became the first-ever African-American to also win a gold medal in basketball.  In 1951, he became one of the top 10 highest paid athletes with the Baltimore Bullets and was eventually traded to the Boston Celtics in 1953, where he became the first African-American player to be selected to play in the NBA All-Star Game.  In 1983, he launched the Save High School Sports Foundation, which raised over 1 million dollars by the time he passed away in 1993 to save several Oakland school athletic programs from demise.   

Direct Elect from the ABA Committee:
MEL DANIELS [Player] – Daniels is one of the most dominating big men in the history of the American Basketball Association (ABA) as the league’s all-time leading rebounder (9,494) and fourth all-time leading scorer (11,739).  A two-time league MVP in 1969 and 1971, he was a seven-time ABA All-Star and a member of three ABA championship teams with the Indiana Pacers, now of the NBA.  He was selected as a member of the ABA 30-Man All-Time team.  In college, Daniels starred for the University of New Mexico, leading the Lobos in scoring for three straight seasons and was the Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player in 1967.  He was drafted ninth in the 1967 NBA Draft, but chose to go play in the ABA instead.  Following his ABA Rookie of the Year award in 1968, he went on to earn All-ABA First Team four times and Second Team once.  After his professional career, which concluded as a member of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets, Daniels joined the coaching staff at Indiana State, where he coached future Hall of Famer Larry Bird.  He was also a member of the Indiana Pacers front office for over 20 years.

Direct Elect from the Veterans Committee:
CHET WALKER [Player] – Walker is widely known as one of the most athletic, skilled and resilient players in his era having missed only 21 games in his decorated 13-year NBA career.  The seven-time NBA All-Star was also a member of the 1967 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers that is recognized as one of the greatest teams in history and ended the Boston Celtics run of eight straight titles.  He went on to score 18,831 points and grab 7,314 rebounds in his career and was only the eighth player in NBA history to play more than 1,000 career games at the time of his retirement in 1975.  As a member of the Chicago Bulls, he led the NBA in free throw percentage at .859 during the 1970-71 season.   In college, Walker was a unanimous First Team All-America selection in 1962, leading Bradley to the NIT finals in back-to-back seasons, and winning the championship in 1960.   He graduated as Bradley’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 24.4 points and 12.8 rebounds per game.  He was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals and selected to the 1963 NBA All-Rookie Team.

Direct Elect from the Contributor Direct Election Committee:
PHIL KNIGHT [Contributor] – One of the most significant contributors to the game of basketball, Knight, Nike’s co-founder, is currently the company’s Chairman of the Board. Under his guidance, Nike became the first sports brand to work with elite athletes to garner their insights to create the most innovative products. In basketball, Knight worked to create one of the company’s most iconic partnerships with Michael Jordan.  He has had a long history of working with other basketball greats like Charles Barkley, Moses Malone, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, Dirk Nowitzki to Coach K and C. Vivian Stringer.  Knight also signed Sheryl Swoopes as the first woman to have her own signature basketball shoe.  His company now supports NBA stars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.  Knight’s support of basketball internationally has also helped to elevate the game globally, including its current sponsorship of USA Basketball.  He’s also focused his efforts on supporting college athletics – including basketball – by providing resources to grow and maximize the collegiate game and the student-athlete experience through programs such as Duke, Georgetown, Syracuse and his alma mater Oregon.  In 1993, he was named the Most Powerful Man in Sports by The Sporting News.


Click here for a full calendar of the 2012 Enshrinement events.


The Hanover Insurance Group Sponsors 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Class Announcement

—Hanover Supports National Recognition Event of Excellence and Character—

SPRINGFIELD, MASS.  - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that The Hanover Insurance Group will sponsor the 2012 Class Announcement.

The annual announcement will take place on Monday, April 2 at 11 a.m. CT at the New Orleans Marriott prior to the NCAA Men’s Final Four Championship Game that evening. The announcement will be broadcast live on NBA TV and includes:

  • Former owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, Mannie Jackson announcing the 2012 winners of the Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award
  • President & CEO of the Hall of Fame, John Doleva presenting the 2012 Cousy Award winner
  • Hall of Famer & HOF Chairman, Jerry Colangelo reporting on Enshrinement
  • Jim Nantz of CBS Sports announcing the Class of 2012

 “We’re very excited to sponsor this event,” said Dick Lavey, senior vice president, field operations and marketing at The Hanover. “Our company has a longstanding commitment to community, youth and excellence, and it made sense to partner with an organization that inspires young people to work to achieve excellence and reach their full potential—and always doing it with integrity.”


“The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame welcomes and appreciates the support of The Hanover Insurance Group as we make several exciting announcements at our press conference at the Final Four,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Our brands align perfectly in that both reflect excellence and a commitment to being at the apex of our respective categories.”

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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North Carolina Point Guard Kendall Marshall Receives 2012 Bob Cousy Award

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that Kendall Marshall from the University of North Carolina is the winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.  This annual honor 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 a final five before voting on the winner of one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.

“The Hall of Fame is proud to present one of college basketball’s premier awards to Kendall Marshall from the University of North Carolina,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “All season Kendall exemplified the type of leadership that Bob Cousy demonstrated throughout his Hall of Fame career, and we are honored to add him to the prestigious list of previous collegiate floor generals who elevated their teammates every time them stepped on the court.”

“We are privileged to honor Kendall Marshall for his tremendous season,” said Ken Kaufman, Chairman of the Bob Cousy Award and former NABC President.  “This young man was an outstanding point guard for the Tar Heels all year.  We look forward to honoring Kendall in New Orleans on April 2nd.”

Marshall, a sophomore, commanded the Tar Heels to a No. 4 national ranking and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament this season.  He led the nation in assists and assist-error ratio and was second in assists per game.  Prior to fracturing his right wrist in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, he finished the season with an ACC record 351 assists, the fourth-most in NCAA single-season history.  Marshall also became Carolina’s all-time leader in assist average with 7.96 per game and the ACC’s career leader in assist-error ratio at 3.01.  He set an ACC single-season record with 17 double-figure assist games, holds five of UNC’s top eight all-time single-game assist totals and set an ACC Tournament record with 31 assists in three games.  He also earned first-team All-America honors from and was named a second-team All-ACC selection.

“Kendall had one of the finest season-long performances by a point guard that I can remember, so it is fitting for him to win the Bob Cousy Award,” said North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, a 2007 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.  “He made it almost routine to have a game with 10 or more assists, something that just doesn’t happen on a regular basis. He is a coach’s dream – the way he runs the team on the floor, exemplifies great leadership and makes each of his teammates better. He set standards that will be hard for college point guards to match in years to come.”

The other 2012 finalists included Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary’s), Damian Lillard (Weber State) and Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas).

Each of the final five candidates was reviewed by the Hall of Fame’s Blue Ribbon Selection Committee.  The 2012 Bob Cousy Award presentation will be on Monday April 2 as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Class Announcement in New Orleans at the Final Four.  

Previous Winners of the Bob Cousy Award
2004 - Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s)
2005 - Raymond Felton (North Carolina)
2006 - Dee Brown (Illinois)
2007 - Acie Law (Texas A&M)
2008 - D.J. Augustin (Texas)
2009 - Ty Lawson (North Carolina)
2010 - Greivis Vasquez (Maryland)
2011 - Kemba Walker (Connecticut)


The Basketball Hall of Fame honors Oakland University’s Reggie Hamilton with the 2012 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award

44th annual award honors the daughter-in-law of Dr. James Naismith

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the winner of
the 2012 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award. This award is given annually to one senior, six-foot-andunder,
who thrived in the classroom and on the basketball court.

This year’s winner is Reggie Hamilton from Oakland University. The 5’11” guard broke the Summit
League’s single-season scoring record this year with 919 points while also leading the nation in scoring
with 26 points per game. Hamilton has directed the Golden Grizzlies to a 20-15 record and an
appearance in this weekend’s semifinals of the Postseason Tournament. The
Chicago native went over 2,000 points for his career earlier this season and has a career-best 114
three-pointers this season, third-best in program history. He was also selected to the 2012 National
Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 12 first team

He graduated with a degree in communication from Oakland University in May 2011 and is currently
taking post-graduate courses. He was named to 2007-08 Academic All-Summit League team and is a
member of the National Honor Society.

“Reggie Hamilton is one of the premier scorers in college basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President
and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “The combination of his success on the
court, and his achievements in the classroom as a student-athlete, make him a deserving recipient who
exemplifies the qualities this award is designed to celebrate.”

The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award is named in honor of James Naismith's daughter-in-law. A panel
of representatives from the National Association of Basketball Coaches selects the recipient. To earn
the award, the recipient must demonstrate leadership, character, loyalty, all-around basketball ability,
and excellence in the classroom.