Small College Basketball 2022 National Hall of Fame Class Announced

April 20, 2022

Kansas City, MO – Small College Basketball and the National Hall of Fame Committee is proud to announce the National Hall of Fame Class of 2022. Once again, this year’s class is made up of some of the greatest coaches, players, and contributors to Small College Basketball. The 2022 class includes the following members (Bios included at the bottom of the release):

 

Players

Jim Bond (Pasadena College)

Bo Clark (Central Florida)

Darryl Jones (Benedictine)

Todd Linder (Tampa)

Derrick “Rick” Mahorn (Hampton)

Steve Platt (Huntington (IN)

Glynn Saulters (Northeast Louisiana)

Jerry Shipp (Southeastern Oklahoma State)

Frank “Porky” Viera (Quinnipiac)

 

Coaches

Jim Phelan (Mount St. Mary’s)

Harry Statham (McKendree)

 

Contributor/Player

Earl Lloyd (West Virginia State)

 

Founder of Small College Basketball, John McCarthy had this to say about the National Hall of Fame Class of 2022:

 

"Congratulations to the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2022!  What an outstanding, highly-qualified, highly-impressive Hall of Fame Class!  I am so happy for each of them and their families, and I am grateful to our Hall of Fame Committee for a tremendous amount of time, research and insight."

 

This years National Hall of Fame Class marks the sixth class inducted into the Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame. The National Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Friday November 4th inside the Polk Theatre in Lakeland, FL.

 

For more information regarding the Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame please head to smallcollegebasketball.com.

 

Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Bio’s

 

Jim Bond, Pasadena College

Led Pasadena College to two NAIA District 3 Championships (1957 & 1958).  Two-time NAIA All-American 1956 & 1958.  Averaged 19.5 points and 19.1 rebounds for his college career.  In his two games of the 1958 NAIA National Tournament, Bond averaged 23.5 points and 21.5 rebounds.

 

As a sophomore, he was selected both Most Promising Young Player and MVP of the 1956 National AAU Tournament in an Olympic year. Bond held B.H. Born (University of Kansas 6'9" center and MVP of the 1953 NCAA Tournament) to 4 points and held Don Schlundt (Indiana University 6'10" center and 3-time All-American) to 1 point, while going for 17 points and 20 rebounds. 

 

Bond was a member of the Phillips 66ers that won the 1956 Olympic Trials.  66ers coach Gerald Tucker was named Olympic coach and requested that team members not named to the Olympic squad travel to Melbourne, Australia, as part of the U.S. Basketball contingent for the 1956 Olympics. After his college career, Bond was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers, yet turned down an opportunity to play professional basketball to go to seminary and study for the ministry.

                   

Bond is a member of five Hall of Fames: Texas Basketball Hall of Fame, National High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Pasadena College Hall of Fame, Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame.

 

Bo Clark, Central Florida

 

Clark played at  the University of Central Florida from 1975-79.  As a freshman he averaged 24.1 points per game.  He led the nation’s Division II scorers with a 31.6 ppg in 1978-79. That season he scored 727 points.  As a sophomore, he averaged 28.8 ppg.  He scored 70 points against Florida Memorial.  He was a three time All-American.  During his career he scored 2,886 points.  He missed the 1977-78 season with an injury.  Central Florida was 20-5 and reached the NCAA DII tournament in 75-76.  In 76-77 they were 24-4 and reached the regional finals.  In 77-78 they lost in the Final Four.  Bo was injured and missed the 78-79 season.  In 79-80 they were 25-4 and reached the regional finals.  During Bo’s four years is team was 95-17 and played in four NCAA II tournaments.

 

Darryl Jones, Benedictine

A four-time NAIA all-American, Jones finished his collegiate career in 1968 as his school’s all-time leader in rebounds, assists, and games played. He also was second all-time in points scored.  He finished his career with 2,014 points and 1,471 rebounds and holds the top three single-season rebounding records at Benedictine (15.1 rpg in 1966-67; 13.2 rpg in 1967-68 and 12.4 in 1964-65), while his 16 assists in a single game is tied for the school record and his 5.6 assists per game are the seventh highest in school history.

 

Jones was a key member of St. Benedict’s 1967 NAIA national championship team and averaged 12.4 rebounds for five games. He was dominant in the title drive. He scored 25 points and had nine assists vs. St. Mary’s (TX) in the quarterfinals. He then grabbed 20 rebounds in the semifinal win against Morris Harvey and finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists in the Ravens’ 71-65 title win vs. Oklahoma Baptist.

 

Jones is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame (1982), the Benedictine Hall of Fame (1988), and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (2018).  He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1982, the Raven Hall of Fame in 1988, the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2018, and was part of both the 50th and 75th Anniversary NAIA teams.

Todd Linder, Tampa

Played from 1983-87. Named All-American three times. Two-time NAIA National Player of the Year. Received recognition on the First Team All-South Regional team in 1986-87 while being named All-SSC on four occasions. Linder averaged a 70.8 field goal percentage and 18.5 points per game. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1987 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics. Inducted into the Tampa Hall of Fame in 2002.

Derrick “Rick” Mahorn, Hampton

The 6-10, 240-lb forward/center owned 18 school records at the conclusion of his four-year career (1976-77 through 1979-80). Mahorn scored 2,418 points (second in Hampton history) and averaged 20.3 ppg in 119 games. He also had 1,465 rebounds (12.3 rpg) which ranks him first. His field goal percentage was 53.4 (982/1,839) and his free throw percentage was 68.2 (454-666). He also remains the Hampton career leader in points for a single season (855) and single game (48), as well as the single-season and single-game leader in rebounds. The Pirates recorded an overall record of 82-38 (.683), a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAA) mark of 48-20 (.706) and participated in two NAIA tournaments during Mahorn’s four seasons. Named all-conference three times, Mahorn was the CIAA’s most outstanding player as a junior following the 1978-79 season. A three-time, NAIA all-American as sophomore, junior, and senior, Mahorn also earned AP Little all-American honors in 1979. He also was a second-team member of the NABC’s NCAA Division II all-American teams in 1979 and 1980. Mahorn led all Division II rebounders in 1979-80 with 490 boards.

He was inducted into the CIAA’s John B. McClendon Hall of Fame in 2003, the Hampton Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. Mahorn had five recorded 40+ scoring games, including a career-high of 48 vs. Fayetteville in the 1979-80 campaign. He had nine games in which he had 20 or more rebounds during his Pirates’ career. His single-game, high-rebounding effort came against Winston-Salem in 1979-80 season, when he pulled down 28 boards to go with a 41-point game. Mahorn was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the second round (35th overall selection) in the 1980 NBA Draft.

Steve Platt, Huntington (IN)

The all-time leading scorer in Indiana college basketball, Platt’s career 3,700 points also placed him seventh on the all-time list of collegiate scorers at any level (as of 2016). He twice led the nation in scoring, averaging 36 ppg. in 1972-73 and 38 ppg. in 1973-74. A four-time NAIA all-American and all-District honoree, Platt is Huntington’s all-time leader in 17 categories, including single-game highs for points (57), field goals (22), and rebounds (33). He also is the single-season leader in points (1,026), scoring average (38.0), field goals (390), rebounds (497), rebound average (18.1), and free throws (246). In addition to his status as the program’s career leader in points, Platt holds the career records for scoring average (33.0), rebounds (1,917), rebound average (16.3), field goals (1,463), and free throws (774). He also holds the single-half scoring mark with 30 points.

The Foresters posted an overall record of 78-38 during his four years. Platt was inducted into the Huntington Hall of Fame in 1974 and the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1987. He also was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996 and the IBHOF’s Silver Anniversary high school team in 1990. At the conclusion of his collegiate playing career, Platt was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the eighth round of the 1974 NBA Draft.

Platt’s involvement with small college basketball continued in the coaching ranks. As the head coach of his alma mater, he compiled an overall record of 329-143 (.697) in 14 years and led the Foresters to the NAIA Division II national tournament seven times. Huntington finished second in 2006. His teams won five regular-season Mid-Central Conference titles, five conference tournament championships, and posted an overall conference mark of 141-63. The 1999-2000 squad posted an overall record of 34-5, while the 2006-07 Foresters went 14-2 in conference play.

Glynn Saulters, Northeast Louisiana

Northeast Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Monroe) (1964-68) was a two-time All-American and a two-time Gulf States Conference Player of the Year. He was a four time All-GSC selection.  He was the GSC’s all-time career scoring leader with 2,134 points for a 23.5 average.  He led the GSC in scoring for two consecutive years, averaging 31.3 in 1968 (8th in nation) and 24.1 points in 1967.  He was a member of the USA Olympic team that won the gold medal in Mexico City in 1968. He was selected for the team ahead of LSU’s Pete Maravich. 

Jerry Shipp, Southeastern Oklahoma State

The 6-6, 196-lb. small forward was a three-time, first-team all-Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference (OIC) selection and twice led the OIC in scoring. Named to the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1963, he was renowned for his scoring as a prolific jump shooter. He tallied 2,176 points during his four seasons (1955-56 to 1958-59), a mark that remains the third highest in school history. His single-game high, also an all-time program and OIC best, was 54 points vs. Phillips in 1957. Shipp also set a school and OIC record for highest single-game free throw percentage, when he converted all 19 of his attempts in a 1958 game vs. East Central. Southeastern Oklahoma State won two outright OIC titles and shared another during his career. SE Oklahoma State made two appearances in the NAIA tournament during Shipp’s career, including a 1957 runner-up finish to Tennessee State.

A ninth-round pick of the New York Knicks in 1959 NBA Draft, Shipp opted for the amateur ranks and distinguished himself as the high scorer for the gold-medal-winning U.S.A. team at the 1963 Pan Am Games and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He was the captain of that Olympic squad and also led the 1963 U.S.A. World Games’ silver-medal team in scoring.  A nominee for the 1964 Sullivan Award, Shipp is a member of the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame. He also was inducted into the SE Oklahoma State Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, and his jersey is retired at the school.

Frank “Porky” Vieira, Quinnipiac

Though he stands only 5’6’’ tall, he averaged 28 points per game in high school.  After failing out of Arnold College and a brief stint as a crane operator, he went back to school at Quinnipiac University.  Vieira has the third best scoring average in NCAA DII of 31.5 per game.  He was inducted into the Quinnipiac Hall of Fame in 1976.  He finished his career with 2,731 points – averaging 31.8 per game which ranks third best in NCAA Division II history. Vieira also holds records for field goals made with 904 and free-throws made with 841 in 86 career games at Quinnipiac.

Vieira boasted a 66-31 record at Quinnipiac, which amounts to a .680 winning percentage during his four year stint. His most memorable season came in 1956-57 when he broke his own school record for most points in a single-season with 848. He averaged 35.3 points per game – which included the best all-around performance in program history. On Feb. 3, 1957, Vieira scored 68 points in a 113-92 win over Brooklyn Poly Tech, serving as the most points in a single game at Quinnipiac.

Vieira scored 40 or more points 20 times during his career, reaching the 50-point plateau on five separate occasions. He scored 825 points in his rookie season – highlighted by 54 points in an 84-73 win at Western Connecticut on January 19, 1954. In the 1955-56 campaign, Vieira averaged 26.6 points per game for a total of 586 points – ranking ninth best in Quinnipiac history. In the 1954-55 campaign, Vieira only saw action in 15 games, but averaged 31.5 points when on the court. He finished with 472 points that year.

After graduation, Vieira routinely scored 30 to 40 points a game in the semi-pro ranks, even against touring NBA teams and the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, whom Vieira faced after forming his own “Viera’s All-Stars.” In the game, Vieira outscored Chamberlain 37 to 33. 

Instead of moving on to coach basketball, he became one of the nation's legendary college baseball coaches, building the University of New Haven program from scratch and shaping it into a Division II juggernaut. When he retired after 44 seasons, he'd coached over 1,450 games and won 78 percent of them.  Vieira retired in 2006 with 1,127 victories, 17 trips to the College World Series and 10 former players who reached the major leagues. He was inducted into the MAAC Hall of Fame in 2015.

Jim Phelan, Mount St. Mary’s

In his illustrious 49-year career at Mount St. Mary’s, Jim Phelan led the Mountaineers, to 16 NCAA Division II Tournaments, five (5) Final Fours, two (2) National Championship games and the 1962 NCAA Division II National Championship (College Division, at the time). Phelan was a two-time NABC Division II Coach of the Year, in 1962 and 1981. At the time of his retirement in 2003, his 830 wins and 1,354 games coached were the most wins and games coached in four-year college basketball history. Phelan won a remarkable 61.3% of his games in 49 seasons.

The Northeast Conference Coach of the Year award is named after Jim Phelan, and in 2003, Collegeinsider.com renamed its coach of year award the "Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award".  Mount Saint Mary's University has also renamed its court "Jim Phelan Court".  In 2008, Phelan was inducted into the National ­College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Harry Statham, McKendree

Upon his retirement after a 52-year career at McKendree University, Harry Statham had coached more games (1,635) and won more games (1,122) than any four-yea r men’s or women’s coach in the history of college basketball.  He was the first coach in college basketball history to surpass the 1,000-win milestone.

 

In his tenure at McKendree, Statham has led the Bearcats to 12 American Midwest Conference Championships and post-season play 40 times in 46 seasons. Statham has coached McKendree to all 15 of its NAIA national men's basketball championship tournament berths, including five straight appearances from 1999-2004. Since his first season in 1966-67, Statham's teams averaged nearly 23 wins per season. His teams won 20 or more games 35 times.

Statham has received the American Midwest Conference Coach of the Year award eight different times, and he was a six-time recipient of the NAIA District 20 Coach of the Year.  He was selected as the 2001-02 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Coach of the Year.

Statham has been named the NAIA-Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year twelve times and in 1987 he was inducted into the IBCA-NAIA Hall of Fame. In 1998, Statham’s career accomplishments and achievements were recognized with his induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was inducted into the McKendree Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2005, Statham was recognized at the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) national convention in St. Louis with the Guardians of the Game Leadership Award, an honor bestowed by his peers. That same summer, the United States Sports Academy presented him with its Distinguished Service Award.  Statham was named to the NAIA’s 75th Anniversary Team.

In 2006, the Lebanon City Council honored Statham by renaming a roadway on the McKendree campus, Harry Statham Way. The University's gymnasium, the Harry M. Statham Sports Center is also named for him.  In 2018, Small College Basketball created the Harry Statham Coach of Impact Award in his honor.

Earl Lloyd, West Virginia State

Lloyd led West Virginia State to two Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference and Tournament Championships in 1948 and 1949. He was named All-Conference three times (1948–50) and was All-American twice.  As a senior, he averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds per game, while leading West Virginia State to a second-place finish in the CIAA Conference and Tournament Championship. In 1947–48, West Virginia State was the only undefeated team in the United States, with a 30-0 record. 

Earl Lloyd was the first African American player to have played a game in the National Basketball Association (NBA).  Lloyd’s NBA debut came on October 31, 1950, with the Washington Capitols. Earl only played seven games with Washington before being drafted into military service. When he was discharged in 1952, the Caps had folded and his playing rights had been acquired by Syracuse.

Lloyd would spend six seasons with the Nats – making him the first black player in franchise history – and was a starter on the 1955 team that won the franchise’s first championship. Lloyd and teammate Jim Tucker were the first African Americans to win an NBA title.  Lloyd also became the first black assistant coach in the NBA, and was the second black Head Coach in the NBA.

Lloyd’s accomplishments have been recognized throughout the years by a variety of different groups in a variety of different ways. He was inducted into the national Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. He has also been honored with induction into the West Virginia State University Hall of Fame, the state of Virginia Athletic Hall of Fame, the state of West Virginia Athletic Hall of Fame, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, the Black College Alumni Hall of Fame and the Parker-Gray High School Hall of Fame. He was named to the CIAA Silver Anniversary Team and was voted as one of the CIAA’s 50 Greatest Players, and was named as the CIAA Player of the Decade for the 1940’s.  In 2001, the Congressional Black Caucus Policy and Leadership Institute bestowed the inaugural “Legends of Black History” Sports Award on Lloyd, and in 2008 the U.S. House of Representatives honored Lloyd with a Congressional Resolution. In 2007, the newly constructed basketball court at T.C. Williams High School in Lloyd’s home town of Alexandria, Va., was named in his honor.  Lloyd's remarkable story is the subject of the documentary film “The First To Do It."