Pleasantville High School graduates Tony Davenport and Bruce Campbell are among the eight new members of the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame, as announced this week by the Albert Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey. An induction ceremoney will be held 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Crowne Plaza, Route 70 and Cuthbert Blvd. in Cherry Hill.
Tony Davenport was an explosive scorer for Pleasantville in the late 1970s. He was named to the All-Cape Atlantic League and the All-South Jersey teams three times, and made the All-State team as a senior as well as becoming an All-American. That year, the Greyhounds took an undefeated record into the NJSIAA State Final before suffering their only defeat of the year and finishing 29-1.
Davenport finished his career at Pleasantville with 1,980 points and was one of the top 50 recruits in the nation. Both Tony and his brother Bruce went on to each play for two years for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Today, Davenport devotes his time to the Pleasantville Early Childhood Center children where he teaches principles and the game of basketball to the youth of Pleasantville.
Bruce Campbell will go into the Hall as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. A highly respected college and high school basketball official, Campbell was assigned to work the NJSIAA State Tournament for 43 consecutive years, including the state final rounds, semifinals and sectional finals. He also served on various committees with the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.
A longtime teacher at Oakcrest and Absegami high schools, Campbell currently resides in Absecon.
Also entering the Hall is Ocean City native Chris Carideo, a St. Augustine Prep grad who starred at Widener University in Chester, Pa. and is now in his 12th season as the head men's basketball coach at Widener.
Others set to be inducted into the Hall are: Terry Cole (Pemberton); Jessica Copskey DePrince (Sterling); Brian Turner (Moorestown Friends School); Paul Wiedeman (Haddonfield); and John Wilson (Sterling).
Tickets for the induction ceremony are available for the event by calling Jack Mongulla at 856-461-8800, or by sending payment ($35 per ticket) to 41 Emery Way, Delanco, NJ 08075. Reservations are required.