COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA national office announced Friday the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association’s selections for the 2014 class of the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include former players Kevin Gamble and Jeff Massey along with coaches Bill Muse and Richard Shilts.
Kevin Gamble – Player
Whether it be his talents on the court or his leadership off it, Kevin Gamble has found success at all levels of basketball. A two-year letterman at Lincoln College, Gamble averaged 20.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists during the 1984-85 season – earning NJCAA All-America honors as a sophomore. Following two years with the Lynx, the forward moved on to Iowa where he was an All-Big Ten and All-West Regional selection in 1986-87. Selected by the Portland with the 17th pick in the third round of the 1987 NBA Draft, Gamble went on to play 10 years in the league with the Trailblazers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings. He averaged 9.5 points and 2.2 rebounds for his career.
Following his NBA career, Gamble was named the first men’s basketball head coach of the Illinois-Springfield program in 2002. He led the Prairie Stars to seven successful seasons in the NAIA before their move up to NCAA Division II. After compiling a 130-111 record at Illinois-Springfield, Gamble moved on to the Big East Conference in 2009 where he served as Director of Player Development and Video Operations at Providence. In 2012, he followed former Friars head coach Keno Davis to Central Michigan where he is currently the highest ranking assistant on the staff.
Story courtesy of njcaa.org.
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