UMass Plans To Honor Best Basketball Coaches And Players With Statues

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AMHERST, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The University of Massachusetts revealed plans to honor two of the best men’s basketball players as well as two of the best basketball coaches in school history with statues of them outside of Amherst arena.

Former men's players Julius “Dr. J” Erving and Marcus Camby and coaches Jack Leaman and John Calipari will have statue unveiling ceremony on Sept. 11 outside of Mullins Center.

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“These four pillars of our men’s basketball program put Massachusetts basketball on the map during their time in Amherst,” director of athletics Ryan Bamford said in a statement this week. “They are responsible for some of the most memorable moments in our program’s history, and we are thrilled to honor their legacies with this lasting tribute.”

On Sept. 10, there will be a UMass Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony for the 1995-96 men's basketball team which made it to the Final Four. That team was coached by Calipari and starred by Camby.

In the 1996 Final Four, Camby accepted gifts from a sports agent so the team had to return their trophy.

Erving played for Leaman in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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