Aug. 26, 2009
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Three UMass basketball stars from the 1960s and 1970s have been selected to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame for excellence in high school and college basketball in the region. Joe DiSarcina (1967-69), Ray Ellerbrook (1968-70) and Billy Endicott (1973-75) will all be inducted on Oct. 9 at the Mohegan Sun.
These individuals are part of a huge class of close to 100 individuals who will be
inducted at a dinner and ceremony.
Information regarding tickets and other aspects of the program can be viewed
Joe DiSarcina (UMass, 1967-69)
A two-sport standout athlete, DiSarcina competed for both the UMass basketball and baseball teams from 1966-69. An All-America selection at shortstop in 1969, DiSarcina was also a three-time All-Yankee Conference selection and two-time All-Northeast and All-New England selection. In 1969, DiSarcina was a key member of the UMass team that captured the Yankee Conference championship and upset No. 1 Southern Illinois, 2-0, in the College World Series. As a guard on the basketball team, DiSarcina set set several school records, including assists in a game (15), a season (167) and career (431). His single-game mark still stands in the UMass record books. A captain of both sports his senior year, DiSarcina was the Samuel Grossman Two Sport Athlete Award winner in 1969. Currently, DiSarcina resides in Burlington, Mass. His nephews Glenn and Gary both played baseball at UMass, and Gary still plays in the Major Leagues. DiSarcina was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.
Ray Ellerbrook (UMass, 1968-70)
A two-sport star, Ellerbrook competed on the UMass baseball and basketball teams from 1967-70. A two-time All-Yankee Conference selection in basketball (1969 and 1970), Ellerbrook was a third-team All-New England selection in 1968-69. He was also a two-time All-Yankee Conference selection in baseball (1969 and 1970) and an honorable mention All-New England and All-Northeast second team selection in 1970. A member of the basketball team that captured three straight Yankee Conference titles (1968-70), Ellerbrook was the captain of the 1969-70 squad that advanced to the National Invitation Tournament for the first time in school history. Ellerbrook scored 1,224 career points in three seasons, which ranks 18th on the all-time chart. At the time of his graduation he ranked second in career assists, fourth in points, third in field goal attempts and sixth in scoring. His 16.5 points per game ranks ninth on the all-time list while his 1156 career field goal attempts is 10th. In baseball, Ellerbrook posted a career batting average of .299. He was a member of the 1969 squad that captured the Yankee Conference title and advanced to the College World Series, upsetting No. 1 Southern Illinois, 2-0. Ellerbrook was the Samuel S. Crossman Two-Sport Athlete Award winner in 1970. The Hawthorne, N.J., native is the Director of Recreation in Northampton, Mass., and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.
Billy Endicott (UMass 1973-75)
A three-year letterwinner in the mid-70s and part of three NIT teams at UMass, Endicott earned several honors at UMass. In his career, Endicott averaged 11.3 points per game along with 3.3 rebounds in 78 career varsity games. As a junior in 1973-74, he scored a career-high 14.6 points per game and grabbed 8.6 rebounds as UMass posted a 21-5 record. He was named to the Yankee Conference First Team and to the All-NABC All-District Second Team. As a senior in 1974-75, Endicott scored 8.7 points per game along with 4.0 rebounds as UMass went 18-8. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1975.