The free Friday night event kicks off a weekend of small college basketball at Florida Southern College
LAKELAND – NBA legend Rick Mahorn is just one of the inductees into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night. The event will be followed by the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic on the campus of Florida Southern College Saturday and Sunday.
Small colleges are, by definition, schools that are not NCAA Division I schools.
Mahorn, who played for 19 years in the NBA, attended Hampton University, an NAIA college. He would win an NBA Championship with the Detroit Pistons in 1989, go on to coach in the WNBA and currently serves as an analyst on the Detroit Pistons radio network. Others being inducted into the Hall of Fame include:
- Todd Linder, who grew up in St. Petersburg and attended the University of Tampa, where he was a three-time All-American and two-time National Player of the Year. He was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in 1987.
- Jim Bond may have played basketball at Pasadena College and turned down an opportunity to play in the NBA with the Minneapolis Lakers to go into the ministry. He went on to become the highest elected official in the Church of the Nazarene.
- Bo Clark is the career points leader for the University of Central Florida and went on to be the head men’s basketball coach at Flagler College for 31 years.
- Glynn Saulters, who played for Northeast Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Monroe), won a gold medal in 1968 with the US national basketball team, and played a season in the ABA.
- Jerry Shipp, who played at Southeastern Oklahoma State and won a gold medal for the United States in the 1964 Summer Olympics.
- Frank “Porky” Vieira, who was a star basketball player at Qunnipiac went on to be a Division II baseball head coach for University of New Haven, coaching more than 1,450 games and winning 78 percent of them.
- Earl Lloyd, the first black man to play in the NBA (he passed away in 2015).
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Polk Theatre in Lakeland. The event is free and open to the public.
The Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic will be played at the Jenkins Fieldhouse on the historic campus of Florida Southern College. Tickets may be purchased at the gate. Teams participating are:
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022
11:00 Hillsdale vs. Dallas Baptist
1:15 Nova Southeastern vs. Alabama-Huntsville
3:30 Lincoln Memorial vs. Valdosta State
5:45 Flagler vs. Florida Southern
8:00 West Texas A&M vs. NW MO State
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022
11:00 Lincoln Memorial vs. Alabama-Huntsville
1:15 Nova Southeastern vs. Dallas Baptist
3:30 Valdosta State vs. Hillsdale
5:45 West Texas A&M vs. Florida Southern
8:00 NW MO State vs. Flagler
For more information, visit their website, https://www.smallcollegebasketball.com/hall-of-fame-classic.