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Tony Jeffreys Induction to New England Basketball Hall of Fame

Tony was a three-time Division II All-American at Springfield College.

Tony Jeffreys has been named to the 2013 New England Basketball Hall of Fame. On Saturday, June 22, Tony will join other honorees representing a variety of categories including coaches, players, teams and special contributors at a major ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Tony was a three-time Division II All-American at Springfield College. He finished his career as the second all-time leading scorer in the school’s history. Tony was selected to the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Team of the Week for ten straight weeks. He finished twenty-eighth in National Scoring – Division II. Upon graduating from Springfield College, Tony played three years of Professional Basketball in Caracas Venezuela and was elected to the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. In May 2007 he was inducted into the Worcester, Massachusetts public school Athletic Hall of Fame.

The June 22 event will include a series of afternoon panel discussions featuring a number of former NBA and WNBA players who will be inducted that evening, as well as famed coaches, such as John Caliperi of Kentucky, former UMASS Coach. Renowned novelist, Harlan Coben, who was an outstanding player at Amherst, will be among the inductees, and will serve as an afternoon panelist.

A number of former NBA players with New England roots will be inducted, and present at the Ceremony. The NBA group includes Ryan Gomes of Providence College and the Boston Celtics; Michael Adams of Boston College and the Washington Bullets, and Ricky Mahorn, a native of Hartford, Connecticut , who had a tremendous career with the Detroit Pistons. Donn Nelson, former captain of Worcester Academy and presently General Manager of the Dallas Mavericks will also be inducted, as will the late Jack Donahue, former head men’s basketball coach at Holy Cross. Donahue went on to great success as the head coach of the Canadian Men’s National Team.

The event -- as much reunion as ceremony -- has become one of the largest sports dinners in America. At the last ceremony, the event welcomed over 1,600 people and was a sellout. The 2013 event is expected to be a sell out.

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The New England Basketball Hall of Fame casts a wide net over the accomplishments of the region’s renowned basketball participants, including players, coaches, administrators and officials at all levels. The idea for the New England Basketball Hall of Fame sprang from the notion that among all the places basketball developed, from the concrete courts of New York City to the backyard hoops of Indiana, the initial seedbed for basketball was New England. A game that took root in middle Massachusetts is now played all over the world. The Hall of Fame recognizes the people whose excellence has contributed to the rich legacy of New England Basketball. The categories that envelope all the people who make up this storied past are necessarily varied. The Division III female player, the Division I star, and the Basketball Hall of Fame Coach all weave colorful threads into the fascinating tapestry of New England Basketball.