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Pittsburgh Basketball Club Hall of Fame Class chock-full of big names

August 17, 2018

Former Chartiers Valley and Arizona star guard T.J. McConnell, now with the Philadelphia 76ers, will be honored by the Pittsburgh Basketball Club.

Some of the region’s all-time great basketball names will be honored by the Pittsburgh Basketball Club as part of its Silver Anniversary Hall of Fame Class.

The honorees include:

Coaches Division -- John Calipari (Moon, Clarion, Kentucky); Sean Miller (Blackhawk, Pitt, Arizona); Archie Miller (Blackhawk, North Carolina State, Indiana).

Legends Division -- T.J McConnell (Chartiers Valley, Arizona, NBA); DeJuan Blair (Schenley, Pitt, NBA).

Lifetime Achievement Award/Contributors Division -- Sonny Vaccaro (Trafford, founder of Dapper Dan Roundball Classic, big wheel in the shoe game); Pat DiCesare (Trafford, founder of Dapper Dan Roundball Classic, DiCesare-Engler Productions).

Legends Division -- Simmie Hill (Midland, West Texas State, ABA); Norm Van Lier (Midland, St. Francis, NBA); Dick DeVenzio (Ambridge, Duke); Kenny Durrett (Schenley, LaSalle); Robert “Jeep” Kelly (Schenley, UNLV); Maurice Lucas (Schenley, Marquette, ABA, NBA); Nathan “Sonny” Lewis (Schenley, Pitt, Point Park); Armon Gilliam (Bethel Park, JC All-American, UNLV, NBA); Marc Marotta (Central Catholic, Marquette); Warner Macklin (Fifth Avenue, CCAC, Point Park).

The who’s who group will be recognized Sept. 1 during a brunch at Rivers Casino. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.

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