Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Philadelphia, PA (November 17, 2017) – The inductees for enshrinement into the Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017 are:


Earl Monroe

Pre 1970s
Earl Monroe, (Bartram/Winston-Salem/NBA)
Wayne Hightower, (Overbrook/Kansas/NBA)
Bobby Lewis (Bartram/South Carolina State/ABA)
Cliff Anderson (Edison/St. Joseph’s/NBA)
Mike Bantom (Roman Catholic/St. Joseph’s/NBA)


Gene Banks


Chubby Cox, (Roxborough/Villanova/USF/NBA)
Clarence Tillman (West Philadelphia/Kentucky/Rutgers)
Gene Banks (West Philadelphia/Duke/NBA)
Michael Brooks (West Catholic/La Salle/NBA)
Lewis Lloyd (Overbrook/Drake/NBA)


Lionel Simmons

Lionel Simmons (Southern/La Salle/NBA)
Hank Gathers (Dobbins/USC/Loyola-Maymount)
Rico Washington (Ben Franklin/Weber State)
Dawn Staley (Dobbins/Virginia/WNBA/Olympics)
Linda Page (Dobbins/NC State)


Rasheed Wallace (l) and Coach Bill Ellerbee (r)

Rasheed Wallace (Gratz/North Carolina/NBA)
Rab Townes (Southern/La Salle/Overseas)
Donnie Carr (Roman Catholic/La Salle/Overseas)
Lari Ketner Roman Catholic/ UMass/NBA)
Rashid Bey (Neumann/St. Joseph’s/Overseas)


Eddie Griffin

Eddie Griffin (Roman Catholic/Seton Hall/NBA)
Maureece Rice (Strawberry Mansion/George Washington/D-League)
Sean Singletary (Penn Charter/Virginia/NBA)
Kyle Lowry (Cardinal Dougherty/Villanova/NBA)
Jeff Jones (Bonner/Virginia


Mr. and Mrs. Rahim Thompson

Claude Gross Community Service Award
Rahim Thompson, Founder & Commissioner, Chosen League


Friend of the Black Basketball HOF
Joe Crawford (O’Hara/NBA Referee)

To be eligible for nomination, a player or coach must have played in the Philadelphia Public League, Catholic League, Inter-Ac League or Friends League in high school. Five (5) players are inducted annually from each of the following periods pre-1970s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

Factors such as a player’s influence on other Philadelphia players, length and depth of playing career and the body of work, innovation and national recognition are taken into consideration.

The Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame 2017 Inductions will be held at HERO Community Center in Philadelphia on December 26, 2017. Details and ticket on-sale information will also be announced later. All Inductees will ultimately represented in the Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame At the FiDonce Player Development Center.
Bios and images of the 2017 Black Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees will be available at Media credential applications will be available in November 20, 2017 via the Hall of Fame’s online pressroom at


Lewis lloyd, NBA Finals