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

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Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame Classic Announces

Participating Teams & Matchups for Annual Event in St. Joseph, MO

Kansas City, Mo. – Small College Basketball is excited to announce the participating teams and matchups for the 2021 Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Hillyard. The games have been provided an exemption through the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association.


The SCB National Hall of Fame Classic will return to the Civic Arena on Saturday and Sunday, November 6 & 7, while the National Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at the Missouri Theatre in St. Joseph, Missouri on Friday, November 5.


“We are thrilled with the continued growth and recognition this tournament has commanded since arriving in St. Joseph in 2018,” said Missouri Western Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Josh Looney. “Through the support of the NCAA and the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association, this has become the premier in-season tournament in NCAA Division II. Missouri Western is proud to host and elevate Division II basketball in our city.”


The matchups and game times are as follows:


Saturday, November 6

1:00                 Seattle Pacific vs. Alabama-Huntsville

3:15                 Rockhurst vs. St. Thomas Aquinas

5:30                 Northwest MO State vs. Northern State       

7:45                 MO Western vs. Embry-Riddle


Sunday, November 7

1:00                 Northern State vs. Rockhurst

3:15                 Alabama-Hunstville vs. Embry-Riddle                            

5:30                 Northwest MO State vs. Seattle Pacific

7:45                 MO Western vs. St. Thomas Aquinas

The Hall of Fame Class of 2020 will be inducted on November 5, 2021, and Small College Basketball will NOT have a Hall of Fame Class of 2021.  During the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, Small College Basketball will honor the 2020 Harry Statham Coach of Impact Award winner (Ken Ammann, Concordia, CA), the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winners (Roy Pickerill & Joel Utley, Kentucky Wesleyan) and the Larry Smith Award winner (TBD).


The Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame Class of 2020, which was announced earlier in 2020, consists of the following members:



Eric Brand, Bethel (IN)

Corey Crowder, Kentucky Wesleyan

Kenny Davis, Georgetown College

Andre Foreman, Salisbury

Stan Gouard, Southern Indiana

Andy Panko, Lebanon Valley

Archie Talley, Salem College (WV)

Dallas Thornton, Kentucky Wesleyan

Larry Wilson, Nicholls State


Roger Kaiser, West Georgia & Life

Mike Lightfoot, Bethel (IN)



A.O. Duer


“We are thrilled with the quality of teams, along with another impressive, highly qualified Hall of Fame Induction Class,” said John McCarthy, Founder of Small College Basketball. “For those that enjoy NCAA Division II basketball, these teams and these matchups will be a real treat. Importantly, I’d like to thank the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association for providing the exemption for this event and for their continued support.  Additionally, I’d like to thank Hillyard, as they’ve continued to support this event as the Presenting Sponsor for each year that we’ve been in St. Joseph.” McCarthy continued, “It’s exciting to be back in St. Joseph, as the people are wonderful, while the Missouri Theatre is dripping with history and the Civic Arena is the right size for this event. It’s wonderful to work with high quality people that embrace our event, and we’re really looking forward to November.”


Brett Esely, Executive Director of the St. Joseph Sports Commission, had this to say: "We are honored that the Division II Men's College Basketball season will once again tip off here in St. Joseph with another outstanding national field! With the announcement last fall of the 2023 & 2024 NCAA Women's Basketball National Championships coming to town and the return of this prestigious event, we look forward to continuing to raise our city’s profile as a small college basketball destination."


This will mark the fifth SCB National Hall of Fame Classic and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which began in 2016.

In alphabetic order, here are the teams that have participated in the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic from 2016-2019:


Alabama-Huntsville (2016)

Augustana, SD (2017)

Bellarmine (2016)

Daemen (2019)

Davenport (2019)

Fairmont State (2018)

Ferris State (2017 & 2018)

Findlay (2017)

Florida Southern (2016)

Kentucky Wesleyan (2016 & 2017)

Indiana University of PA (2017)

Lincoln Memorial (2016 & 2019)

Missouri Western (2018 & 2019)

Montevallo (2017)

Northern State (2018)

Northwest Missouri State (2018 & 2019)

Queens (2018)

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)

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