Two former high school basketball stars who went on to shine at Siena College – Notre Dame product Rod Brooks and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill graduate Scott Knapp – will be among those inducted into the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Longtime Syracuse University men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim also will be honored as the recipient of the Barry Kramer Lifetime Achievement Award, and former University of North Carolina great and NBA player Sam Perkins – who grew up in Troy - will receive the Sportsmanship Award.
Sunday’s 2018 induction ceremony begins with a reception at 4 p.m. and a dinner to follow at the Hilton Hotel in Troy.
Brooks, now 65 and living in California, already has been inducted into the Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame and Siena College Hall of Fame.
Before graduating from Notre Dame in 1970, Brooks played for legendary Hall of Fame coach Jim Klein and set a pair of single-game school records – 43 points and 19 field goals.
At Siena College, Brooks scored 1,315 points in three seasons, setting school records for points (522) and field goals (208) in a season. He led Siena in scoring – he scored a career-high 37 points in one game – and finished in the top 10 in the nation in free throw percentage (89.7).
Brooks, Siena’s captain in the 1973-74 season, was an all-conference, all-ECAC and all-region all-star. He also starred in the Empire State Games – his teams won one gold medal and two silver medals – and he was a member of the semi-pro Utica Wreckers.
Knapp, who will be inducted into the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, June 5, also played for a Hall of Fame coach in high school – his father, Al Knapp. Scott scored a school-record 1,897 points in three high school seasons at VVS, and set a state record for 3-pointers in a career (288) – 108 in one season.
At Siena, he scored 1,381 points in his career and graduated with a conference-record 293 3-pointers. He was named the Saints’ Most Valuable Player and made the all-conference second team in 2000-01 and later played one pro season in the Continental Basketball Association.