100 Seasons Of UMass Basketball All-Time Team Of 1960s Announced
Oct. 28, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - As we continue to celebrate the 100 Seasons Of UMass Basketball, the All-Time Team of the 1960s has been announced. The team consists of six players: Joe DiSarcina, Ray Ellerbrook, Doug Grutchfield, Clarence Hill, Billy Tindall and Rodger Twitchell. Players from the 1960s will be honored at the Vanderbilt game on Jan. 3, 2009, which is also the Leaman Legacy Game.
Joe DiSarcina (1967-69) was named to two consecutive First Team All-Yankee Conference teams in 1968 and 1969. As a guard on the basketball team, DiSarcina set several school records, including assists in a game (15), a season (167) and career (431). A captain in both baseball and basketball in his senior year, DiSarcina was the Samuel Grossman Two Sport Athlete Award winner in 1969. DiSarcina was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.
Ray Ellerbrook (1968-70) was a two-time All-Yankee Conference selection (1969 and 1970), Ellerbrook was a third-team All-New England selection in 1969. 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 19th 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.
Doug Grutchfield (1959-61) set 13 school records during his career. He tallied a then-school record 1,257 points in just 74 games for the Maroon and White, a figure that currently ranks as the 16th-best mark in school history. Grutchfield earned second team All-Yankee Conference honors as a sophomore in 1958-59, then earned unanimous first team recognition in his final two seasons while also being named first team All-ECAC. He still ranks among UMass' all-time leaders in scoring, scoring average (17.0 ppg.), field goals attempted (1,207) and rebound average (10.6 rpg). His 782 rebounds was a school record at the time of his graduation.
Clarence Hill (1963, 1965-66) was named to back-to-back First Team All Yankee Conference awards in 1965 and 1966. Hill left UMass as the all-time leading scorer in points scored (1,369), points per game (19.8), points scored in a single season (554 in 1965-66) and points per game in a season (24.1 in 1965-66). Hill was named to the NABC All-District Teams in both 1965 and 1966 as well.
Billy Tindall (1966-68) was a two-time All-Yankee Conference selection in basketball, Tindall led the conference in scoring with a 22.7 point per game scoring average in 1968. Tindall ranked second on the UMass career scoring list with 1,277 points upon graduation, a mark that still ranks him in the top 15 on the all-time list. He still holds several single-game records, including his 41-point performance vs. Vermont in 1968. He averaged 19.6 points as a senior in 1968, which was fourth-best in a season at the time. He was inducted into the UMass Hall of Fame in 1997.
Rodger Twitchell (1961-64) was a three-year letterman in both basketball and tennis. On the hardwood, Twitchell was a member of UMass' 1962 team which captured the Yankee Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever. He led the team in scoring both as a junior (17.0 ppg) and senior (18.3 ppg) and currently ranks 25th on UMass' all-time scoring list with 1,151 points, which stood as the second-highest mark in school history at the time of his graduation. A first-team all-Yankee Conference player in both 1962 and 1963, he was a first-team All-NABC District I selection as a junior in 1963 and his 10.9 career rebound average still ranks fifth all-time at UMass, while his career scoring average of 16.4 ppg ranks 10th-best.
The panel consisted of: Dick Bresciani (UMass alum, UMass Hall of Fame, UMass Hall of Fame Selection Committee, UMass Sports Information Office, Boston Red Sox Public Relations & Front Office), Ron Chimelis (Springfield Union News & Republican beat writer), Howie Davis (UMass alum, UMass Sports Information Office, UMass Basketball official scorer), Marty Dobrow (Boston Globe beat writer, former Daily Hampshire Gazette writer, author of Going Bigtime), George Miller (Greenfield Recorder writer, former UMass radio broadcaster), Jerry Radding (Associated Press writer, former Springfield Union-News writer) and Matt Vautour (UMass alum, Daily Hampshire Gazette beat writer). Jason Yellin (current Associate A.D./Media Relations) served as the chairman of the committee.