Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame release
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Big 5 has announced its Hall of Fame class for the 2011-12 basketball season, and the University of Pennsylvania's Matt Maloney is among the five inductees. He will join Marc Jackson (Temple), Kelly Greenberg (La Salle), Melissa Coursey (Saint Joseph's) and Jenn Beisel (Villanova) in the induction.
The Big 5 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at a luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at The Palestra. This luncheon is traditionally attended by all of the city's Division I head coaches as well as previous Big 5 Hall of Fame inductees. Tickets are available to the event for $40. TheHall of Fame luncheonwill also be video streamed for free, and can be watched here.
Maloney played three seasons at Penn, but left quite an impression in that time. Perhaps most astonishing, he never lost an Ivy League game, going a perfect 42-0 as the Quakers racked up 48 straight conference wins during a five-season stretch. Overall, Penn went 69-14 during Maloney's time wearing the Red and Blue and played in three NCAA Tournaments. In fact, the Quakers' last NCAA win came during Maloney's junior season, a 90-80 first-round victory over Nebraska.
Maloney was a two-time first-team All-Big 5 selection, in 1992-93 and 1994-95, and he earned second-team honors as a junior in 1993-94. The guard was also a three-time first-team All-Ivy selection, and was the Ivy League's Player of the Year his senior season.
Nearly 20 years after his Penn career ended, Maloney is still scattered throughoutthe Quakers'record book. He had a 37-point game his sophomore year against American that is still tied for the fourth-best scoring performance in program history, and a 36-point game his senior year vs. Brown that is tied for eighth all-time. In that Brown game, Maloney hit 10 three-point shots which is a Penn single-game record, while in the American game he hit eight which is tied for second in program annals.
On the single-season charts, Maloney is second and third in three-point field goals made, with 91 in 1992-93 and 87 in 1994-95. He hit 44.4 of his trey attempts in 1992-93, which is fifth all-time, and his 43.9 percentage in 1994-95 is sixth. As a junior, Maloney shot 89.7 percent at the foul line (61 of 68) -- a mark that still stands No. 1 at Penn -- and he had 62 steals which is fourth on the program's single-season list.
For his three-year career, Maloney knocked down 244 three-point baskets which is second only to Tim Begley's 253 treys (accomplished in four years), and his 40.3 three-point FG percentage is eighth all-time. Maloney is also in Penn's all-time Top 10 in steals (third with 157) and assists (seventh with 322).
Following his career at Penn, Maloney enjoyed a six-year career in the NBA with the Houston Rockets, the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks. He was the starting point guard for the Rockets in 1996-97, when they lost to the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference Finals.
Maloney grew up in Haddon Heights, N.J., and played his high school basketball at Haddonfield. His father, James, was a longtime assistant coach at Temple University under John Chaney.