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
2020 SCB National Hall of Fame Classic Cancelled; Returns to St. Joseph in 2021
Kansas City, MO – Small College Basketball has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame Classic and the postponement of the of the 2020 Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame Induction. The National Hall of Fame Classic is cancelled due to the altered NCAA Division II schedule mandates for the 2020-21 season. The National Hall of Fame Induction will be rescheduled to a later date. Small College Basketball Founder John McCarthy had this to say about the announcement:
"Due to multiple factors beyond our control, stemming from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it saddens me to announce that we will cancel the 2020 Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame Classic. Additionally, we are postponing the 2020 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. This will be rescheduled later. These events are a true highlight for all involved, and it's rather emotional to make such an announcement, yet I'm confident that it's the right decision, given the circumstance."
Small College Basketball is excited to announce that the 2021 Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame Classic and 2021 Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame Induction will be returning to St. Joseph, MO.
"On a much brighter note, I'm very pleased to announce that we will be going back to St. Joseph, MO, in 2021, as we will host the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and the Hall of Fame Classic at the Missouri Theatre and the Civic Arena in St. Joseph, for these marquee national events. We are very grateful to Josh Looney (Athletic Director at Missouri Western State University) and all of those involved at the University and the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau. We're excited and optimistic about the future."
The 2021 SCB National Hall of Fame Induction will take place on Thursday November 4, 2021 at the Missouri Theatre. The 2021 SCB National Hall of Fame Classic will take place at the Civic Arena in St. Joseph on Friday & Saturday, November 5 & 6, 2021. Missouri Western State University will once again be the host of these great events. Director of Athletics Josh Looney had this to say about hosting the events:
“Missouri Western is thrilled to host the Small College Basketball Classic and National Hall of Fame festivities in St. Joseph once again. Thanks to the support of Hillyard and the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau over the past two years, this event achieved scheduling support from the NCAA while shining the national spotlight on our community as host of NCAA Division II’s premier in-season men’s basketball tournament. We have been pleased with the economic impact in St. Joseph and look forward to continuing to grow the tournament in 2021.”
The SCB National Hall of Fame Classic has taken place in St. Joseph, MO since 2018. Last year the event included Davenport, USC – Aiken, West Texas A&M, Lincoln Memorial, Northwest Missouri State, Daemen, Southern Nazarene and Missouri Western. Brett Esley, Chairman of the St. Joseph Sports Commission, had this to say about both events returning to St. Joseph in 2021:
“St. Joseph is a great place to host sporting events as our city knows how to embrace and roll out the red carpet for visitors! The Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic and Induction is a pleasure to host, a great fit for our community and excellent tip off to the season. 2020 has certainly been an unprecedented time in many trades, especially the sports world which has necessitated a pivot to this years' festivities. We are thrilled to welcome the event back for 2021!”
For more information on Small College Basketball, the Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame, or the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic please head to smallcollegebasketball.com.
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)