Tournament Most Valuable Player
2016 - Jeril Taylor, Southern Indiana
2017 - Justin Reyes, St. Thomas Aquinas
2018 - Trevor Hudgins, NW Missouri State
2019 - Ryan Hawkins, NW Missouri State
The Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame Classic is the nation's most prestigious in-season event for NCAA Division II men's basketball. We are grateful that the event has been given an exemption from the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2 CCA). As such, the games count in every way except against the limit of games that each team is permitted to play, and we may play the week prior to the official start date for NCAA Division II basketball.
The event includes a press conference, a panel discussion with the Hall of Fame Inductees, the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, a social event, and of course, the fantastic games of the Division II Classic, which annually features some of the finest programs within NCAA Division II basketball.
The event began in 2016, and was played in the beautiful Ford Center in Evansville, IN. In 2018, the event moved to St. Joseph, MO, and the games were played at the St. Joseph Civic Arena.
Small College Basketball Announced its 2019 National Hall of Fame Class and 2019 National Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Hillyard, field at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 11.
The Small College Basketball (SCB) National Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Hillyard, will return to the St. Joseph (MO) Civic Arena on Friday and Saturday, November 1-2, while the National Hall of Fame will now take place at the Missouri Theatre in St. Joseph on Thursday, October 31.
The SCB National Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Hillyard, will consist of some of the finest teams within NCAA Division II basketball, and we are pleased to announce the teams, match-ups and game times. All games will take place at the St. Joseph (MO) Civic Arena. Here are the teams, match-ups and game times for the 2019 SCB National HOF Classic, presented by Hillyard:
Friday, November 1, 2019
1:00 Davenport 77 USC Aiken 68
3:15 West Texas A&M 99 Lincoln Memorial 89 (OT)
5:30 NW MO State 85 Daemen 65
7:45 Southern Nazarene 96 Missouri Western 74
Saturday, November 2, 2019
1:00 Lincoln Memorial 98 Davenport 48
3:15 West Texas A&M 91 USC Aiken 80
5:30 NW MO State 100 Southern Nazarene 88
7:45 Daemen 68 Missouri Western 64
Additionally, we are very pleased to announce that the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association has awarded the SCB National Hall of Fame Classic a three-year exemption for this national event, beginning with the 2019 event.
Additionally, St. Joseph-based Hillyard, steeped in basketball history, served as the primary sponsor of the event. As such, the Classic is dubbed the “Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, Presented by Hillyard.”
In alphabetic order, here are the teams that have participated in the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic from 2016-2019:
Augustana, SD (2017)
Fairmont State (2018)
Ferris State (2017 & 2018)
Florida Southern (2016)
Kentucky Wesleyan (2016 & 2017)
Indiana University of PA (2017)
Lincoln Memorial (2016 & 2019)
Missouri Western (2018 & 2019)
Northern State (2018)
Northwest Missouri State (2018 & 2019)
Southern Indiana (2016 & 2017)
Southern Nazarene (2019)
St. Thomas Aquinas (2017)
Tarleton State (2018)
USC Aiken (2019)
West Texas A&M (2019)
William Jewell (2018)