The 2013 College Basketball Hall of Fame class announced


The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2013 has been announced, and it includes five players, two coaches, two contributors and one team.

The list of players is headlined by ‘The Big E’, Elvin Hayes. Houston’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, Hayes led the Cougars to Final Fours in 1967 and 1968 and was the National Player of the Year in 1968. He scored 39 points and grabbed 15 boards in one of the most memorable college basketball games of all-time. Known as the “Game of the Century”, Houston snapped a 47-game winning streak for then-No. 1 UCLA in the first nationally televised regular season game which was played in front of 53,000 fans in the Astrodome.

The second-most recognizable player on this list is UCLA’s Marques Johnson, and while he had a great career at UCLA in the ’70s — winning a National Player of the Year award as a senior — Johnson may be most recognized for his role as Raymond, a gun-toting street-baller, in the timeless classic White Men Can’t Jump.

Other players to be inducted in the Class of 2013:

– Bob Hopkins, Grambling
– Tom McMillen, Maryland
– Xavier McDaniel, Wichita State

The two coaches that will be inducted in this class are Rollie Massimino and Gene Keady. Keady is currently on the St. John’s staff, but he built his reputation in a 25-year tenure as the head coach at Purdue, where he won four National Coach of the Year awards and seven Big Ten Coach of the Year awards.

Massimino is currently coaching at Northwood, a small school in Florida, but he’s been a Division I head coach at Villanova, Cleveland State, UNLV and Stony Brook. He’s most famous for leading Villanova to the 1985 national title, beating John Thompson’s Georgetown powerhouse in one of the tournament’s most memorable upsets.

The final three inductees:

– George Raveling, Nike
– George Killian, FIBA
– 1963 Loyola Ramblers

The induction celebration will take place on November 24th in Kansas City, MO, two days before the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, featuring Texas, BYU, Wichita State and DePaul, takes place.

Louisville campus police reviewing escort allegations

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Louisville campus police now say they are reviewing allegations that a former men’s basketball staffer hired escorts to dance and have sex with recruits and players in a dormitory.

Katina Powell has alleged in a book released online over the weekend that former Cardinals director of basketball operation Andre McGee paid her $10,000 for dancers to perform 22 shows from 2010-14 at the players’ Billy Minardi Hall dormitory. The school reported those allegations to the NCAA and has launched an investigation.

“The University of Louisville Police Department, in consultation with the Louisville Metro Police Department and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, is reviewing allegations regarding the men’s basketball program,” University police chief Wayne Hall said Tuesday in a statement.

It was the first confirmation that police are looking into the allegations. When contacted last week, a campus police operator said they weren’t aware of the book allegations, and it was unclear at that time if an investigation had been launched.

Cardinals coach Rick Pitino has said that McGee denied Powell’s allegations.

McGee left in 2014 and is currently an assistant at Missouri-Kansas City, which has put him on paid leave.

Pitino said Saturday that he hasn’t read Powell’s book titled “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen” and doesn’t plan to. The 104-page book was published by an affiliate of the Indianapolis Business Journal and is scheduled for hardcover release Oct. 12.

The woman said that she and three of her daughters, along with other women, danced and stripped for Louisville recruits and players and performed sex acts with them, according to the book. Powell, 43, also said McGee offered recruits alcohol at those parties.

Upon hearing of the allegations, Pitino said he did some investigating on his own before being told by the school’s compliance department not to talk to players. But the coach said he talked to other assistants about the allegations and all of them denied knowing of the activities outlined in Powell’s book.

“I’m going through 15 people who worked here, and not one person even had a premonition of something wrong,” Pitino said. “Not one person living in the dorm had even the slightest premonition. It just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Louisville has hired Chuck Smrt of the Compliance Group, which assists schools in NCAA cases, to review the allegations.

McGee left Louisville in 2014 to become an assistant at Missouri-Kansas City under Kareem Richardson, who was a Cardinals assistant from 2012-13. He was placed on paid administrative on Friday and has been unavailable for comment. McGee’s Louisville attorney, Scott Cox, didn’t comment because the investigation is ongoing.

St. John’s hires Mitch Richmond as a special assistant

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St. John’s added its second Hall of Famer to the coaching staff on Tuesday, announcing Mitch Richmond had been hired as a special assistant to first-year head coach Chris Mullin.

Mullin and Richmond, along with Tim Hardaway, made up Run TMC, the short-lived, high-scoring offense the Golden State Warriors played from 1989-91.

Mullin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2011. Three years later, he was a presenter to Richmond’s enshrinement in Springfield.

“Mitch is committed to helping us build this program and develop an environment for sustained success at St. John’s,” Mullin said in a statement. “He has tremendous basketball insight, a vision for the game and a passion to share his knowledge. Obviously, his experience in different roles throughout his career as a player, scout and mentor will have an impact in many areas.”

Earlier this summer, Mullin bolstered his coaching staff with the additions of associate head coach Barry Rohrssen and Matt Abdelmassih. Greg St. Jean was hired later in the summer.

The Red Storm open the 2015-16 season on Nov. 13 against Wagner.