Two NAIA Greats Honored by College Basketball Hall
By Sam Knehans, NAIA Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will include two inductees with NAIA ties. Bob Hopkins, a two-time NAIA All-American at Grambling (La.), will be recognized for his contributions as a player, and Rollie Massimino, current Northwood (Fla.) men’s basketball head coach, will be acknowledged for his contributions as a coach.
Hopkins, who still holds Grambling’s all-time scoring and rebounding records, was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1961—the highest individual honor bestowed by the NAIA. After his collegiate career at Grambling, Hopkins was selected by the Syracuse Nationals, now known as the Philadelphia 76ers, with the 75th pick of the 1956 NBA Draft. He spent four years in the league, averaging 8.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Massimino, Northwood’s head coach since 2006, previously coached for 30 years at the NCAA level, including stints at Stony Brook (N.Y.), Villanova (Pa.), UNLV (Nev.) and Cleveland State (Ohio).
Since arriving at Northwood, Massimino has led the Seahawks to seven straight NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship Tournament appearances. Under Massimino, Northwood was a national semifinalist in 2011 and the national runner-up in 2012.
Massimino is most recognized for coaching in a game that is often cited among the greatest upsets in college basketball history. That career highlight came in 1985, when Massimino’s eighth-seeded Villanova Wildcats captured the NCAA National Championship, knocking off top-seeded Georgetown (D.C.), 66-64, in the title game. To this day, that Villanova team remains the lowest-seeded team to win the NCAA Tournament.
The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Kansas City, Mo., opened its doors in 2006. It operates as a complement to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. and focuses on enshrining those who have made significant contributions to college basketball, especially those who may not be recognized by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Since 2006, players such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson and coaches such as Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim and Roy Williams have been inducted into the Hall.
The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame has 213 current members including players, coaches and contributors. The ten-member Class of 2013 will be inducted on November 24 as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball in conjunction with The College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.
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