Maturo, Yellin, Shea, Kaplan Entering As Scholar Athletes
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Four former Yale basketball players are set to be inducted into the Scholar-Athlete Category of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on June 22.
Mark C. Yellin, '55, Frank A. Maturo, '80, Dick Shea, '79 and Sam Kaplan, '07 will join Chris Dudley, '87 at this prestigious event.
Yellin, a Connecticut native, was the Yale freshman basketball team's season high scorer, and scored 36 points in three quarters in a game against NYU, a freshman Yale record. He then went on to earn three varsity letters.
In 1953, Yellin joined Yale on a 55-day trip through Central and South America to play professional, national, college and local teams. One of Yale's opponents was the Argentine National Team, who had come in fourth in the previous Olympic Games. Yellin guarded Oscar Furlong, one of the greatest Argentinean basketball players of all time, and was the game high scorer, helping to lead Yale to a three-point win.
Yellin was a Dean's List student while at Yale, and then continued his education at Yale Law School, graduating in 1958. In the 1960s, Yellin became the majority owner, president, chairman and treasurer of the Hartford Capitols, a member of the Eastern Basketball Association.
Maturo and Shea were teammates for two years and both were named to the all-tournament team at the Poinsettia Basketball Classic at Furman during the 1978-79 season.
Maturo is another Connecticut native. He was a Class LL All-State basketball player for Notre Dame High School of West Haven in 1976. In his senior year, Maturo averaged 30 points per contest en route to being named Athlete of the Year for Notre Dame.
Maturo made second team All-Ivy in both his sophomore and junior years, and averaged nearly 16 points per game during his junior season. He was also the recipient of the team's Most Outstanding Player Award at the end of his junior year.
Maturo earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition during his senior campaign, overcoming an injury to his knee. One of the highlights that season came when he was the leading scorer with 22 points in the game against 15th-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
He also received the award for best free throw shooter all three years of his varsity career.
After graduation, Maturo went on to pursue a Master's in business at Penn, which led to a career on Wall Street. Maturo is currently with Bank of America Merrill Lynch while serving as Vice Chairman of the Equity Capital Markets Group in New York City. He is also on the board for the Yale Basketball Association and currently resides in Darien, Conn.
Shea is also a Connecticut native, captaining both the baseball and the basketball squads at St. Joseph's High School in Trumbull. He made All-County (FCIAC) and All-State during his senior season. Shea was also named the Most Valuable Player in the Connecticut state basketball tournament.
Shea was a standout for the Bulldogs as a senior, averaging 14.1 points per contest, which was second on the team for the 1978-79 season. He had a standout game against Furman where he scored 34 points, the highest for any Bulldog that season, at the Poinsettia Basketball Classic. Shea was third on the team in field goal percentage, hitting 49 percent of his shots. In addition, he was selected to the ECAC weekly Division I Honor Roll on a number of occasions that season.
Kaplan, who is being recognized primarily for his time at Worcester Academy, was captain for the Bulldogs during their 2006-07 campaign. He shot .546 from the field, which was second best in the Ivy League for the 2005-06 season. Kaplan averaged a career best 10.6 points per game during his junior season.
In his junior season, the 6-7 forward was named to the All-Tournament team at the Flint Hills Invitational in Texas, as well as being named the first Ivy League Player of the Week in November. As a senior, Kaplan led the Bulldogs with outstanding leadership even though he was sidelined due to injury for most of the year, and received the Stan Smith Senior Award.
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame will hold its 2013 Induction Ceremony and Dinner at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., on Saturday, June 22. The event will feature a series of afternoon panel discussions featuring basketball luminaries, followed by dinner and the ceremony at 6 p.m.
Tickets for the event are now on sale at nebhof.ticketsocket.com.
For more information, visit nebasketballhalloffame.com.
Report filed by Josh Hess, Yale Sports Publicity Intern