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Amaker to be Inducted into New England Basketball Hall of Fame

Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker led the Crimson to its third straight Ivy League title in 2012-13 (Gil Talbot).

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Harvard head men's basketball coach Tommy Amaker will be among the New England Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013, it was announced Tuesday.

The New England Basketball Hall of Fame will hold its 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.The New England Basketball Hall of Fame will honor a variety of distinguished individuals and teams at the June 22 event.

Amaker, who recently completed his sixth season in Cambridge, has led Harvard to a 112-66 (.639) overall record and 54-30 (.642) Ivy League mark with the Crimson. Amaker has guided the Crimson to three consecutive Ivy League titles and two straight NCAA tournament berths. Amaker also coached NBA standout Jeremy Lin '10 for three seasons and helped the Crimson to its first 20-win season in 2009-10, as Harvard went 21-8 overall.

During the 2010-11 season, Harvard won its first Ivy crown in program history, going 23-6 and 12-2 in the Ancient Eight, and followed that performance by winning a program best 26 games during the 2011-12 campaign. The Crimson also earned the first national ranking in program history in 2011-12 and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946.

In 2012-13, the Crimson captured its third straight Ivy title, posting a 20-10 overall record and 11-3 conference mark. In the second round of the NCAA tournament, Harvard upset No. 3 seed New Mexico, winning the first postseason game in team history, as the Crimson advanced to the Round of 32.

In addition to Amaker's induction, the Harvard Men's Basketball team has been selected as the New England Basketball Hall of Fame "Scholar-Athlete Program." This award is presented at each ceremony to a New England Intercollegiate Basketball Program whose players have not only distinguished themselves on the court, but in the classroom and with great success later in life.

The entire 2013 New England Basketball Hall of Fame Class, along with several other important updates including additional celebrity attendees, will be announced on the event website at a later date. Please visit nebasketballhalloffame.com.

Tickets are on sale now at nebhof.ticketsocket.com.

ABOUT THE NEW ENGLAND BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME:
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame casts a wide net over the accomplishments of the region's renowned basketball participants, including players, coaches, administrators and officials at all levels. The idea for the New England Basketball Hall of Fame sprang from the notion that among all the places basketball developed, from the concrete courts of New York City to the backyard hoops of Indiana, the initial seedbed for basketball was New England. A game that took root in middle Massachusetts is now played all over the world. The Hall of Fame recognizes the people whose excellence has contributed to the rich legacy of New England Basketball. The categories that envelope all the people who make up this storied past are necessarily varied. The Division III female player, the Division I star, and the Basketball Hall of Fame Coach all weave colorful threads into the fascinating tapestry of New England Basketball.