April 3, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
It was announced on Tuesday, April 2 that eight former Friars will be inducted into the 2013 class of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. The seven Friars who will be inducted are Bruce "Soup" Campbell '78, Marty Conlon `90, Bill Eason `78, Doreen Ferguson `88, Ryan Gomes `05, Kathy Finn Hill '78, Eric Murdock `91 and Dickey Simpkins `94.
Campbell, a native of New Haven, Conn., still ranks sixth all-time in scoring at Providence with 1,809 points in 122 games. For his career, he averaged 14.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in 1976 after averaging 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He was considered one of the most versatile front court players in Friar history.
Conlon was a consistent scorer for the Friars in the late 1980s. He averaged over 13 points per game in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and notched 14.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as a senior in 1990, leading the Friars to the NCAA Tournament. As a freshman, he was a part of the 1987 Final Four Team led by Rick Pitino.
Eason was a member of one of the Friar last teams that played before the creation of the BIG EAST Conference. He averaged 10.0 points per game over his four year career and recorded 1,160 career points over 116 games. He also shot 50.5 percent from the floor. During his junior year, he earned the Unsung Hero/Most Inspiration Player Award.
Ferguson was part of Providence's first-ever NCAA Team. In 1988, she led the team in scoring with 425 points (15.7 ppg), and was tabbed as an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection. To date, Ferguson is tied for 27h all-time on PC's career scoring list with 1,039 points. She also ranks 16th at Providence College all-time in career rebounding with 660 rebounds.
Gomes had a remarkable career as a Friar. Gomes graduated as the Friars' all-time leading scorer with 2,138 points and ranks fifth all-time in rebounding with 1,028 boards. In his senior campaign, Gomes led the BIG EAST in scoring with 21.6 ppg and finished fifth in the conference in rebounding (8.2 rpg). For his efforts he earned his second consecutive All-BIG EAST First Team accolade. He also was named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American. As a junior in 2004, Gomes led the Friars to a 20-9 record and an NCAA berth. He averaged 18.9 ppg and 9.4 rebounds while shooting over 50 percent from the floor. Along with his selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team, he earned nine All-America honors, including First Team All-America accolades by both the Associated Press and The Sporting News.
Finn Hill is the only player in Providence College history to be named BIG EAST Player of the Year. A tri-captain on the 1983-84 squad, Finn Hill is one of the most outstanding athletes to ever enroll at Providence. She was a two-time Providence College Athlete of the Year and Kodak District I All-America selection. At the time of her graduation in 1984, she set 10 Friar records and finished her career first all-time in scoring with 1,942 points. Finn Hill led the Friars in scoring and steals during each of her four seasons with the program. To date, Finn Hill ranks second on the all-time scoring list and also ranks seventh all-time in assists (407) and eighth in rebounding (754). Finn Hill is a member of Friar Athletic Hall of Fame. She also became the first player in program history to have her jersey retired in a ceremony on Feb. 6, 2010.
Eric Murdock will long be recognized as one of the most complete and versatile guards in the storied history of PC backcourt greats. The third all-time leading scorer at Providence, he is second among three-point shooters, third in free throws, sixth in assists, second in steals and 29th in rebounding. His 376 career steals ranks second all-time in NCAA Division I history, behind only PC's John Linehan. Murdock's senior year was a storybook ride through both the record books and the collective imagination of the basketball public. Not chosen to any of the three BIG EAST postseason all-league teams as a junior, Murdock was a First Team All-American, one of the nation's top scorers, BIG EAST scoring champion, Eastern Player of the Year and the nation's Most Courageous Player Award winner as a senior. He had 12 30-points-or-more scoring nights (three over 40) and played in the East-West All-Star Game.
Simpkins competed in more games for the Friars than any other player in PC basketball history. With 125 games under his belt, Simpkins ranks 26th all-time in scoring with 1,226 points. In four seasons, he averaged 9.8 ppg and 6.3 rebounds. He also ranks 10th all-time at PC in rebounding (790) and fourth all-time in offensive rebounds (312). Simpkins has more career steals (85) than any other center in Friar history. He also was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team twice (1993 and 1994). He helped the Friars capture the 1994 BIG EAST title. A first-round draft pick, Simpkins went on to play six seasons for the Chicago Bulls.
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame will hold its 2013 Induction Ceremony and Dinner on Saturday, June 22 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The event will feature a series of afternoon panel discussion featuring basketball luminaries, followed a dinner and the ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the event may be purchased by visiting nebhof.ticksocket.com.