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.
8 Members of Naismith BB HOF part of 1st Induction Class for So. Calif. Basketball HOF for Summer 2021 Event
The Southern California Basketball Hall of Fame (SCBBHOF) is excited to announce its first induction class. Eight members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, four selections from the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and four picks from the College Basketball Hall of Fame comprise half of the first honoree class of 20 for ceremonies, which will take place Summer 2021 in Anaheim. The SCBBHOF, a 501c3 charity, will be housed at American Sports Centers (ASC) in Anaheim.
Naismith HOF members going into the first SCBBHOF class include Coach Pete Newell (1979), Bill Walton (1993), Ann Meyers Drysdale (1993), Cheryl Miller (1995), Cynthia Cooper-Dyke (2010), Jamaal Wilkes (2012), Lisa Leslie (2015) and Paul Westphal (2019). Meyers Drysdale, Miller, Cooper-Dyke and Leslie are also in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Also going into the first induction class are High School All-Americans and NCAA champions Marques Johnson (also in the College Basketball HOF along with Walton, Wilkes and Westphal), Ed O’Bannon, and Miles Simon.
More High School and College All-Americans going into the SCBBHOF include Jarron and Jason Collins, Casey Jacobsen, Don MacLean, Tracy Murray, Kiki VanDeWeghe and Leon Wood.
Decorated coaches Jim Harrick, who won a NCAA title at UCLA and Gary McKnight, who has won multiple national high school championships at Mater Dei, are also part of the first class. HOF sportwriter Frank Burlison is being honored as the first SCBBHOF Lifetime Service award winner on August 23.
2020 SO. CALIF. BASKETBALL HOF FIRST HONOREE LIST:
LIFETIME: Frank Burlison, Sportswriter
“We have an amazing first group of basketball legends with strong Southern California backgrounds for our honorees and it will be a tremendous first event on August 23,” said Matt Kanne, President of the SCBBHOF. “We think the HOF can be an excellent avenue for developing the charity to provide more and more kids the opportunity to play basketball and I want to thank ASC (American Sports Centers) for wanting to be the home for this wonderful project.”
SCBBHOF Members in Naismith, Women’s, College BB HOFS
NAISMITH HALL OF FAME: Pete Newell (1979), Ann Meyers Drysdale (1993), Bill Walton (1993), Cheryl Miller (1995), Cynthia Cooper-Dyke (2010), Jamaal Wilkes (2012), Lisa Leslie (2015), Paul Westphal (2019).
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME: Ann Meyers Drysdale (1999), Cheryl Miller (1999), Cynthia Cooper-Dyke (2009), Lisa Leslie (2015).
COLLEGE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME: Bill Walton (2006), Marques Johnson (2013), Jamaal Wilkes (2016), Paul Westphal (2018).
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.