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HBCU Black College Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Class | WATCH

Former Winston Salem University All-American Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and his legendary coach Clarence "Big House" Gaines, both have been inducted into the HBCU Black College Basketball Hall of Fame
Former Winston Salem University All-American Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and his legendary coach Clarence “Big House” Gaines, both have been inducted into the HBCU Black College Basketball Hall of Fame

*The HBCU Black College Basketball Hall of Fame board of directors announced its inaugural class of 12 inductees from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The inaugural class is made up of HBCU basketball royalty.

The founder of the HBCU Black College Basketball Hall of Fame, LaMont “ShowBoat” Robinson a former HBCU player at Central State University, said this has been long overdue to honor the HBCU basketball history both from a standpoint of an annual induction ceremony and a world-class facility.

Many great players and coaches and teams from HBCUs have been forgotten and have never gotten their RESPECT, are the media coverage it deserves.

Robinson went on to say he hopes that the Black College Basketball Hall of Fame will bring that much-needed recognition for the players and coaches past, present, and in the future because everyone is not going to be inducted into the NCBHoFF or the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Robinson added that he and his staff have contacted Historically Black Colleges and Universities to offer this one-of-kind project to come to HBCU cities as well as to host the annual induction ceremony every year in the month of February to help celebrate Black History Month.

2023 HBCU Black College Basketball Hall of Fame Inaugural Class:

Dick Barnett – Player – Tennessee State College

John Chaney- Player – Bethune Cookman University

Clarence “Big House” Gaines – Coach – Winston Salem State

Cleo Hill – Player – Winston Salem State University

Sam Jones – Player – North Carolina Central University

Pee Wee Kirkland – Player – Norfolk State University

Yolanda Laney – Player – Cheyney State University

Earl Lloyd – Player – West Virginia State University

John McClendon – Coach – Tennessee State College

Earl “The Pearl” Monroe – Player – Winston Salem State

Willis Reed – Player – Gambling State University

Vivian Stringer – Coach – Cheyney State University

Source: LaMont Robinson | hbcublackbasketballhalloffame@gmail.com          

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