Southern California Basketball Hall of Fame
Southern California Basketball Hall of Fame (SCBBHOF) was founded in September of 2019 at American Sports Centers in Anaheim as a 501c3 charity non-profit organization to raise awareness for the sport from San Diego to Santa Barbara.
6 Naismith HOP Members Headline 2021 SoCal Basketball Hall of Fame Selections Covering 70 Years of Accomplishments
Six Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame selections, which includes Olympic Gold
Medalists, College Basketball HOF members, Women’s Basketball HOF choices, and City/CIF Players and Coaches of the Year highlight the 20 members of the 2021 Southern California Basketball Hall of Fame (SCBBHOF) class. Headlining the honorees are Naismith HOF selections Gail Goodrich (1996, LA Poly HS & UCLA), George Yardley (1996, Newport Harbor HS & Stanford), Dennis Johnson (2010, Dominguez HS/Harbor College & Pepperdine), Reggie Miller (2012, Riverside Poly HS & UCLA), Tina Thompson (2018, Morningside HS & USC), and Rick Adelman (2021, St. Pius X HS & Loyola now LMU). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 and the 2020 classes we will honored together during the summer of 2022 induction event.
Additional 2021 SCBBHOF selections, who had top high school, college and NBA careers include Gilbert Arenas (Grant HS & Arizona), Joe Caldwell (Fremont HS & Arizona State), Baron Davis (Crossroads HS & UCLA), Steve Kerr (Palisades HS & Arizona), Raymond Lewis (Verbum Dei HS & Cal State LA), David Meyers (Sonora HS & UCLA), Harold Miner (Inglewood HS & USC), Byron Scott (Morningside HS & Arizona State), Reggie Theus (Inglewood HS & UNLV), and John Williams (Crenshaw HS & LSU).
Other high school standouts and college champions being inducted into the
SCBBHOF include Anita Ortega (Los Angeles HS & UCLA 1978 AIAW Title
team), plus Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame members include Nancy Dunkle
(Connolly HS & Cal State Fullerton 3-tme Kodak All-American, Coach CSF) and Linda K. Sharp (John F. Kennedy HS, Fullerton College & Cal State Fullerton, Coach USC 1983 & 1984 NCAA Title teams). College Basketball HOF pick and College Player of the Year, Sidney Wicks (Hamilton HS & UCLA) was also selected.
“Los Angeles Times” prep sports columnist Eric Sondheimer, who has covered
basketball for over 40 years, has been selected as the second Lifetime Service
recipient of the SCBBHOF. Frank Burlison, who wrote for many years for the
“Long Beach Press Telegram” was selected for the first year.
2021 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
LIFETIME: Eric Sondheimer, Prep Editor of the Los Angeles Times Sports
“This is another great group of Southern California basketball legends that started as tremendous high school players and coaches and went on from there to accomplish so much more whether in college and/or professional basketball and in life,” said Mike Gallups, Vice-President of the SCBBHOF. “I know how tough it was for the SCBBHOF committee to select the first class and it will be just as tough to narrow this group to the final 20 for induction.”
The Southern California Basketball Hall of Fame (SCBBHOF) was founded in September of 2019 to recognize the great players, coaches and administrators that have made the local sport what it is today on the high school, college, professional and international levels. This was primarily accomplished through individuals playing/coaching/contributing on the high school level and then participating in college basketball and beyond. The males and females mostly started in the local areas ranging from San Diego to Orange to Los Angeles to San Bernardino to Santa Barbara counties while others migrated here for most of their careers.
The important mission for the 501c3 SCBBHOF charity is to raise the necessary funds to provide educational, training, and sport opportunities for disadvantaged young adult males and females to enjoy the game and develop their playing skills like the legends being recognized in the HOF. The SCBBHOF will assist youth athletes and future Olympic hopefuls where their families may not have the necessary resources to prepare him or her for major competitions. The charity efforts will be enhanced through an annual Southern California Basketball Hall of Fame induction fund-raising charity ceremony to recognize the accomplishments of these local individuals, who played significant roles within youth, club, high school, college and professional basketball communities. The emphasis is geared to the Southern California area.
The SCBBHOF will be housed at the American Sports Centers (ASC) facility in Anaheim, the leading site for youth basketball in the West. The 501c3 charity will provide additional recognition to further develop the game in Southern California through the success stories of the HOF legends, who will be honored yearly.
American Sports Centers (ASC) in Anaheim, California is the largest indoor wood court facility in the United States, featuring 34 volleyball courts which can be converted into 25 basketball courts. The 242,000 square foot facility is home to a family of tenants including the US Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Teams, Southern California Volleyball Association, Open Gym Premier, STARS, Goldenwest Volleyball, Pulse Volleyball and the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame. Additionally, ASC hosts numerous youth club volleyball and basketball programs, adult basketball and futsal leagues, and a variety of weekend tournaments and events. Guests can relax and enjoy a full menu in the front cafe / bar area or choose from a wide selection at the back pavilion grill while hanging out with team members. On-site at ASC is a fully stocked retail store with sporting goods featuring the top brands in volleyball and basketball.
SCBBHOF Qualification Procedures
- Priority for SCBBHOF selection will be given to male and female basketball players, coaches and contributors that have excelled first in high school game in the Southern California area from San Diego to Orange to Los Angeles to San Bernardino to Santa Barbara counties. The next criteria will be significant college accomplishments, with an emphasis on the local area.
- Individuals will be given special consideration that have won CIF/City titles, NCAA/NAIA championships, and have accomplished major individual honors such as High School All-American, All-State, All-City, All-CIF, California Player/Coach of the Year, Local Area Player of the Year, USA Junior/Senior National Teams, Collegiate All-American, Olympian, All-NBA, plus receiving Basketball Halls of Fame honors and other special awards.
- College/NBA/professional basketball playing/coaching/contributing in the Southern California area, will be considered, provided that person has at least 15 years of service in the local area. This can be for a person that played/didn’t play youth basketball locally and came here for high school, college, or professional. That person will judged based on the same overall criteria.
- All playing nominees must have completed his/her college or professional careers by at least five years before being considered for the HOF selection. Coaches can still be active provided they have completed a minimum of 15 years of service in Southern California.
- The Executive Committee will narrow final nominations each year to a number not more than double the individuals being inducted into the HOF. That list will be forwarded to the selection committee for final voting. The Executive Committee
will be responsible for making sure all nominees meet the HOF criteria.
- The SCBBHOF President/Executive Director will notify the finalists and the selected nominees once the HOF voting process has been completed. The HOF honoree or a designated representative should be able attend the HOF installation ceremony to be officially inducted (a spouse or representative can fill in with Executive Board approval).
Fill out Nomination Form by September 1, 2020 for athletes to be considered for 2021 Awards.