ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - With much excitement, Small College Basketball (SCB) announces that they 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Hall of Fame Classic will move to St. Joseph, Mo. After spending the inaugural two years in Evansville, Ind., Small College Basketball has partnered with Missouri Western State University and the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring these marquee events within college basketball to St. Joseph.
The SCB Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 2nd, while the SCB Hall of Fame Classic will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 3rd and 4th. The Induction Ceremony will take place at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center, while the Hall of Fame Classic will take place at the St. Joseph Civic Arena.
Additionally, St. Joseph-based Hillyard, Inc., steeped in basketball history, will serve as the primary sponsor of the event. As such, the Classic will be dubbed the "Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, Presented by Hillyard."
"This opens a new era for Missouri Western men's basketball, and what a way to usher it in by bringing one of the premier small college basketball events to St. Joseph!" said Missouri Western Athletics Director Josh Looney. "The Hall of Fame Classic is a perfect fit for our community's rich basketball history, a history in which Hillyard has played a significant role. We look forward to hosting a tournament field packed with premier NCAA D-II programs alongside some of the all-time greats visiting St. Joseph for their Hall of Fame induction."
The game schedule for the 2018 Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, Presented by Hillyard is as follows:
"Small College Basketball is excited to move to St. Joseph, Mo., for the Hall of Fame Induction and Hall of Fame Classic," said SCB Founder John McCarthy. "We are proud to partner with Missouri Western State University and the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring the national spotlight to their community. Additionally, we are very excited that Hillyard has agreed to serve as the lead sponsor for the events. With their deep history in basketball, this is a logical fit, and we are truly grateful."
"For a variety of reasons, St. Joseph is an excellent fit for the Hall of Fame Induction and Hall of Fame Classic. There is a wonderful sense of enthusiasm in the community, and we anticipate that they will fully embrace Small College Basketball in St. Joseph," McCarthy said. "I am grateful for all of the time, effort and enthusiasm from Missouri Western Athletic Director Josh Looney and Senior Associate Athletic Director Brett Esely, as they have been instrumental in this move to St. Joseph."
"With our rich heritage in the game of basketball, Hillyard is honored to be the sponsor for the 2018 Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic," said Hillyard President Jim Carolus. "We're excited to bring the Classic to St. Joseph. It's a great opportunity for the community to get to see some great basketball and to honor the great players, coaches and contributors of the game."
Tables and tickets will be available through the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau shortly.
"It is always exciting to bring new events to St. Joseph," said Lindsay Bernard, from the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The Small College Basketball (SCB) Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Hall of Fame Classic will be very special and will leave a lasting impression on our community. We appreciate the work of Missouri Western Athletics, as they truly understand the importance of showcasing our beautiful city and the impact of sports tourism. The estimated economic impact for this weekend event is $278,550."
"The 2018 Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, Presented by Hillyard, features some of the finest programs in all of NCAA Division II," McCarthy said. "We are very grateful to the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association for awarding the exemption, and for showing their support for the Hall of Fame Classic. We feel that, with the combination of the Hall of Fame Induction, the support of the Conference Commissioner's Association, the support of the St. Joseph's community, the right-sized arena, and of course, the high-quality participating teams, the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic is the finest in-season men's basketball event in the country."
The third installment of the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame will include the following inductees:
John Barnhill (Tennessee A&I), ML Carr (Guilford), Pat Douglass (Cal State Bakersfield), Philip Hutcheson (Lipscomb), Earl Jones (District of Columbia), Charles Oakley (Virginia Union), John Pierce (Lipscomb), Terry Porter (Wisconsin-Stevens Point), Leonard "Truck" Robinson (Tennessee State), Clarence Walker (Indiana State), Marvin Webster (Morgan State), John Wooden (Coach).
"This is an incredibly impressive Hall of Fame Class," McCarthy said. "Each inductee is highly accomplished and has truly earned this honor. Our Hall of Fame Committee did a tremendous job of identifying a Hall of Fame Class that is worthy of induction into this highly prestigious Hall of Fame. This is only the third class of Hall of Famers, so these inductees are among only 39 players, coaches and contributors in the history of our game at the small college levels to be elected to the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame. I sincerely congratulate each inductee, as this is a tremendous honor."
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