Providence, R.I. – Former Vermont standout and current associate head basketball coach at Brown, TJ Sorrentine, has been named to the 2013 New England Basketball Hall of Fame. On Saturday, June 22, Sorrentine will join other honorees representing a variety of categories including coaches, players, teams and special contributors at a major ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
A 2005 graduate of Vermont with a B.A. in sociology, Sorrentine was a two-year captain, America East Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year, a three-time First Team All-conference player and an Honorable Mention All-American. He was also named to the America East Academic Honor Roll in 2002 and 2003. Sorrentine was the leader of the Vermont basketball team that upset Syracuse in the opening round of the 2005 NCAA Championship. The point guard led Vermont to two NCAA Tournament appearances, in 2004 and 2005, and hit the game winning three-point basket that crushed the Syracuse Orangemen in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the DCU Center in Worcester. The Former St. Raphael's Academy (RI) star has been an assistant coach at Brown for five years, the last two years as associate head coach.
The June 22 event will include a series of afternoon panel discussions featuring a number of former NBA and WNBA players who will be inducted that evening, as well as famed coaches, such as John Caliperi of Kentucky, former UMASS Coach. Renowned novelist, Harlan Coben, who was an outstanding player at Amherst, will be among the inductees, and will serve as an afternoon panelist.
The event -- as much reunion as ceremony -- has become one
of the largest sports dinners in America. At the last ceremony, the event
welcomed over 1,600 people and was a sell out. The 2013 event is also expected
to be a sell out as well.