Five Bulldogs Inducted
The illustrious history of New England basketball was celebrated Saturday night in Worcester, Mass., at the 2013 New England Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Yale was well represented as five former Bulldogs were honored. Chris Dudley '87, Frank Maturo '80, Dick Shea '79, Mark Yellin '55 and Sam Kaplan '07 were all inducted as Scholar Athletes.
Athletic Director Tom Beckett and James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale, both attended the event.
Dudley, a three-time first team All-Ivy selection at Yale who went on to play 16 seasons in the NBA, also participated in a panel discussion in the afternoon. He and former NBA star Togo Palazzi joined Tom McCarthy, a sports entrepreneur in China, in the panel entitled "New England, the NBA and International Basketball."
Dudley remains second all-time at Yale in rebounding (974) and blocked shots (172) and is ninth with 1,290 career points. He led the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding as both a junior and senior.
In his NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers, Dudley scored 3,473 points and collected 5,457 rebounds. His team appeared in the NBA playoffs 12 times, and he helped the Knicks reach the NBA finals in 1999.
Dudley also was active off the court. He was the recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to an NBA player, coach or trainer in recognition of outstanding community service and charitable work.
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 earned second team All-Ivy recognition in both his sophomore and junior years at Yale, 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.
Shea averaged 14.1 points per contest as a senior for the Bulldogs, which was second on the team. At the Poinsettia Basketball Classic, he scored 34 points against Furman, which helped him earn a spot on the all-tournament team. He also shot 49 percent from the field that year, which was third on the team.
Yellin earned three varsity letters for the Bulldogs and was the freshman team's leading scorer, helped by a 36-point performance in only three quarters against NYU.
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.
Kaplan, who was 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.
More than 2,000 people attended the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which was held at the DCU Center.
Image: Head Coach James Jones and Athletic Director Tom Beckett with Frank Maturo
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity