Big 5 to honor 2011 Hall of Fame class
January 7, 2011
The Philadelphia Big 5 will induct five new members into its Hall of Fame on Friday, January 21. Basketball standouts Rashid Bey (Saint Joseph's 1994-98), Rick Brunson (Temple 1991-95), Jewel Clark (Penn 2001-04), Kerry Kittles (Villanova 1992-96), and Stacey Smalls (Temple 1999-2003) will be enshrined at a luncheon ceremony set for 11:30 a.m. at the famed Palestra.
Since 1973, the Big 5 has been selecting players, coaches, broadcasters, sportswriters and others who have made significant contributions to the Big 5 and its history to become members of the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame.
Rashid Bey was the first player in Saint Joseph's history to earn the Big 5 MVP award in back-to-back seasons (1997, 1998). A two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection, Bey earned first-team honors as a junior when he helped the Hawks win the 1997 conference title as the Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 Tournament. He capped his career by averaging 16.9 points and 4.8 assists as a senior and finished with 1316 points and 509 assists. He remains just one of four Hawks to record over 1000 points and 500 assists in a career.
One of the top point guards in Temple men's basketball history, Rick Brunson was a three-time All-Big 5 selection and two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference honoree. He played in 124 games from 1991-95, helping the Owls to four straight NCAA Tournaments, including the 1993 West Regional Final. Brunson led TU in scoring (16.7), assists (123) and steals (74) as a senior and still ranks fifth on the school's all-time list in assists (470), sixth in steals (253) and 16th in points (1493). A veteran of nine seasons (1997-2006) as an NBA player, Brunson now is an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls.
Jewel Clark had an outstanding career as one of the most prolific scorers in Penn women’s basketball history. A three-time first-team All-Ivy selection, she was a part of two Ivy League championship teams (2001, 2004). Clark led the Quakers to the 2004 Ivy title as she finished her senior season with 554 points, the sixth-highest season total in program history. She was named Player of the Year by both the Ivy League and the Big 5. Clark, who had 29 career double-doubles, remains second on Penn’s all-time scoring list with 1743 points.
From 1992-96, Kerry Kittles produced one of the most distinguished careers in Villanova basketball history. He is the only Villanova player ever to score 2000 points, collect 700 rebounds, dish out 400 assists, and record 200 steals. He finished with 2243 points, which still ranks as the highest in school history. As a junior, Kittles averaged 23 points en route to Big East Player of the Year and consensus All-America honors. He topped off his collegiate career as a consensus first team All-America pick for a second straight season. Kittles went on to play nine seasons in the NBA, twice appearing in the league finals as a member of the New Jersey Nets.
Stacey Smalls finished her four-year career at Temple as the program's sixth all-time leading scorer and with the record for most three-point baskets (154). She is the only Owl to score more than 1000 points and lead the team in assists in four straight seasons. Smalls scored a total of 1258 points , while dishing out 359 assists and amassing 187 steals. As a junior in the 2001-02 season, she led the Owls to their first Atlantic 10 title as the tournament's MVP. Smalls twice earned a spot on the A-10 All-Defensive Team, and also was named All-Big 5 three times.
Tickets are available to the public at $40 per person and can be purchased online by visiting the Big 5 website, philadelphiabig5.org. For more information, contact the Philadelphia Big 5 at 215-898-4747 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.