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2018 Ultimate Hoops Hall of Fame

Each year, starting in 2018, we'll induct a new class into the Ultimate Hoops Hall of Fame. More info.


OUR CLASS OF 2018. CONGRATS TO THE INDUCTEES!

ALAN ARLT

JOHNNIE BROWN

IZZY ELKAFFAS

MCKINSEY GOLFIN

RYAN JANSEN

PARIS KYLES 

CHASE SKINKIS


2018 Nominees

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Nominee Profiles

Paris Kyles Ultimate Hoops

PARIS KYLES

The 14th and final nominee for the Ultimate Hoops Hall of Fame is Paris Kyles, the fifth representative of the Minnesota region. Kyles has established a reputation has the most dominant player in Minnesota, and one of the most recognizable names in all of Ultimate Hoops.

The starting point for Kyles’ Hall of Fame campaign is his success on the national stage. Kyles led the Bulls to back-to-back National Tournament championships in 2012 and 2013, earning tournament MVP honors in both years. In 28 National tournament games, Kyles has averaged 20.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals while shooting 56 percent from the field.

Kyles has won eight championships in Minnesota, with three of them coming in the vaunted St. Louis Park open league. At the time that Kyles was winning championships in SLP, it was said to be harder to win that league than the National Tournament. Kyles also won the 2017 Dream League championship, earning MVP honors as well.

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Kyles' Hall of Fame nomination.


Jay Harris Ultimate Hoops

JAY HARRIS

Jay Harris is the second representative to be nominated out of the New York region, joining Mike Mastro. While Mastro has been lauded as the G.O.A.T. of Ultimate Hoops New York, Harris has made a name for himself in the region as well, earning him one of the 14 nominations for the 2018 Hall of Fame class.

Harris has a reputation as a winner. He’s piled up 13 championships in his career, with many of them coming on different teams. It seems like whichever team he decides to play on, championships follow.

His career averages of 12.8 points and 9.1 rebounds show a consistent performer whose numbers won’t jump out at you. But what makes someone worthy of being in the Hall of Fame? At the end of the day, Jordan wins the G.O.A.T. argument over LeBron because he has six rings. Harris has 13 championships, which only 12 players in Ultimate Hoops history can say. Not even Mastro can boast that record, as he trails Harris with 12 championships.

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Harris' Hall of Fame nomination.


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RYAN JANSEN

Ryan Jansen adds another nomination for the Minnesota region for what is becoming a stacked 2018 class for the Ultimate Hoops Hall of Fame. If there was a Mt. Rushmore for UH Minnesota, Jansen would be a lock to be one of the four faces carved into it. While that is not in the works, he does have a good shot at becoming an inaugural member of the Hall of Fame.

If you click on the “career stats” option on the homepage of the leagues website, Jansen is the first profile you’ll see. The first two stats to appear are games played and wins, both stats that Jansen has more of than any other Ultimate Hoops player, and it’s not even close. Jansen has over 100 more games played than any other player and over 150 more wins than any other player. He has a career winning percentage of .737.

All those wins have translated into championships as well. Jansen has won 15 championships in his career, fourth-most in UH. Most of those championships have come in combined playoffs between two different leagues, with playoff tournaments involving 20-plus teams. Jansen was also on the Saints+ team that won the inaugural Ultimate Hoops National Tournament in Chicago in 2011.

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Jansen's Hall of Fame nomination.


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VAUGHAN GRAY

 

Vaughan Gray is the third nominee to represent the Detroit region in this year’s inaugural class for the Ultimate Hoops Hall of Fame. Gray, along with Mckinsey Golfin and Johnnie Brown, earned nominations due to their impressive stats that have compounded over many years of playing in Ultimate Hoops leagues.

In addition to 12 championships, Gray is on the top nine in five major statistical categories. He is only the second player to ever score 11,000 points in an Ultimate Hoops career. He’s also racked up over 2,500 assists and over 1,000 steals. Maybe most impressive among his career stats is that he has averaged 6.1 rebounds per game in his career despite being listed at 5’8. He’s grabbed over 3,300 rebounds in his 552 games played.

Gray has played in two National Tournaments in Las Vegas, putting up impressive scoring numbers in the nine games he played. Gray has averaged 15.8 points per game while shooting 61 percent from the field and 62 percent from behind the arc.

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Gray's Hall of Fame nomination.


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IZZY ELKAFFAS

Izzy Elkaffas is the third nominee from Ultimate Hoops Minnesota to represent the inaugural nomination class of the UH Hall of Fame. While players like Dustin Dupont and Chris Maher received nominations solely for their elite play on the court. Elkaffas receives a nod more for the monumental impact he’s had on the Ultimate Hoops Minnesota community, through being a coordinator, statistician, media associate and provocateur.

Elkaffas is one of the biggest reasons for the success of the Minnesota rec leagues that have been a staple to UH Minnesota. The Ultimate Hoops Facebook group has been riddled with his work and comments for years, dating back to when he wrote articles for the Fridley and Bloomington South league. He also co-hosted This Week in Rec, a weekly recap video that was a must-watch for UH nation.

His most impressive contributions on the court comes from his ability to build teams as a general manager. He has won ten championships, and has had a hand in building all of those teams. He won the inaugural Dream League championship as the GM of the Pilots, and continues to have success into the franchise's third season. He will be the GM of Rec City in the National Tournament in May, a team that has made it to Sunday the past two tournaments.

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Elkaffas' Hall of Fame nomination.


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JASMIN "JAZZ" WILLIAMS

The inaugural nominees for the Ultimate Hoops Hall of Fame feature some of the most influential people across the UH community. Each nominee has shown an elite commitment to UH either on or off the court. Jazz Williams is a perfect example of that dual commitment to the Colorado region.

Williams is a triple-threat when it comes to his Hall of Fame candidacy. He’s a player, a league coordinator and a trainer. If you look at the Ultimate Hoops Colorado Facebook group, you’ll see plenty of contributions from Williams, who writes all of the league’s articles and takes all of the league’s photos.

On the court, Williams has averaged 14.7 points per game in his career on 49 percent shooting from the field. He has won five championships, ranging from Fall 2011 to Winter 2015. He’s played in four different National Tournaments, averaging 12.8 points in 13 career tournament games.

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Williams' Hall of Fame nomination.


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CHRIS MAHER

Chris Maher earns another Hall of Fame nomination for Ultimate Hoops Minnesota, and for good reason. Maher has been playing UH basketball for eight years, and he’s been one of the best players in the region since he first played in the Summer of 2010.  

Of all the big names that have played in the Mecca of Ultimate Hoops, (a few of which are nominated in the 2018 class) Maher has scored more than any of them. Maher is third all-time in points scored, trailing only two players from Detroit. He has averaged 18.1 points over the course of his career while shooting 53 percent from the field. He’s also second all-time in rebounds in Ultimate Hoops.

Maher has won four championships over the course of his career, all coming in combined playoffs between two different Minnesota leagues. Each trophy has come in playoffs involving at least 20 teams, and all four of his banners have been some of the hardest to win in all of UH.

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Maher's Hall of Fame nomination.


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JOHNNIE BROWN

Johnnie Brown has made a name for himself on and off the court in Ultimate Hoops. When you look at his stats, it’s clear why he was nominated for the UH Hall of Fame. Brown ranks in the top 13 in the five major statistical categories, and he cracks the top ten in games played as well. What may be most impressive among his stats are his 52 percent field goal percentage and his 438 blocks, both astounding numbers for someone listed at 6’1. Brown has won 10 championships in his career, spanning from the Fall of 2011 to the Fall of 2017.

Brown’s national presence may be what’s most likely to get him voted into the Hall of Fame. Brown has played in every National Tournament since 2012, all with YLie. While YLie has not won a national championship, Brown has had success in his 21 tournament games, averaging 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds.

YLie has made a name for themselves off the court in Vegas. Each tournament, you can guarantee YLie will be the best dressed team at the red-carpet reveal party, always led by Brown’s wardrobe. They’ve also sported some of the coolest jerseys and team shirts we’ve seen in the seven years the National Tournament has existed.

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Brown's Hall of Fame nomination.


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DUSTIN DUPONT

Dustin Dupont is a legend in the Ultimate Hoops Minnesota community, and it’s easy to see why when you look at his career stats. He’s played in 618 games, the fourth-most in Ultimate Hoops, with 538 coming in the rec division that started in Minnesota. He has the most assists and the most steals in UH, recording 3,167 assists and 1,571 steals. He has 245 assists and 255 more steals than his runner-ups.

The numbers are impressive, but people that have played with him, and especially against him, will vouch for his aggressive play style and cite that as the reason he should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. His defense is well known in the leagues in Minnesota, and opposing guards typically aren’t pleased when they see Dupont coming up on their schedule. The term “bull in a china shop” describes the way he plays basketball on both ends of the floor.

Dupont has won seven championships in his UH career. He won the inaugural National Tournament with Saints+ in Chicago in 2011 and helped the Spring 2013 Rebels win the largest combined playoff in the history of Ultimate Hoops (37 teams).

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Dupont's Hall of Fame nomination.


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BRANDON WALKER

For as long as Ultimate Hoops games have been played in Arizona, Brandon Walker has been there. Walker’s first game came in the Summer of 2010, and in that time he’s played a total of 406 games, more than any player in the Phoenix region.

Walker’s longevity speaks for itself, and his play on the court has yet to decline in his eighth year playing with UH. He’s averaged 17.5 points per game in his career while shooting 46 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep. He’s also been a regular at the National Tournament; the 2017 tournament was his sixth straight appearance.

His impact on Ultimate Hoops Arizona may most be felt off the court, where he’s been a media associate for about as long as he’s been playing. His articles have entertained players in Phoenix for years, and some have probably been offended as well, as Walker has never been afraid to call out players or teams who have played poorly.

Walker has been a staple of the UH Phoenix community since 2010, and the current success of the region would not be possible without his work on and off the court.

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Walker's Hall of Fame nomination.


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ALAN ARLT

In 2006, Alan Arlt founded Ultimate Hoops with a vision to treat every basketball player like a professional. Since that time his vision has expanded to 45 leagues, 83 trainers, 24,000+ players, two annual national tournaments and now a Hall of Fame. To put it simply, none of this would be possible without Arlt.

By merging with Life Time in 2008, Arlt made it possible to scale Ultimate Hoops to 112 Life Time clubs across the United States and Canada; expanding its reach from a few hundred, to tens of thousands of players. His contributions to Ultimate Hoops cannot be matched, and that will be the driving force in his Hall of Fame campaign.

Not to be forgotten, Arlt has had success on the court as well. The pinnacle of his playing career came in 2016, when he won the inaugural Dream League championship with the Pilots. 

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Arlt's Hall of Fame nomination.


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MCKINSEY GOLFIN

 

While establishing himself as a legend in Detroit, Mckinsey Golfin has also become a recognizable name across many Ultimate Hoops regions. The easiest way to identify him is as the all-time leading scorer in Ultimate Hoops history. Golfin has scored 13,756 points in his UH career, putting him 2,727 points ahead of his nearest competition for the scoring title.

This would make him the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of Ultimate Hoops, although his game is significantly different than the different than the 7’2 big man who ruled the NBA for 20 years. Golfin is listed at 5’11, and he’s made a living from beyond the arc. Golfin is shooting 45 percent from deep in his career, and he’s made 1,854 threes, second-most in all of UH.

Golfin has been a regular at the Las Vegas National Tournament with YLie and Performance Skillz respectively. In 19 career National Tournament games, Golfin has averaged 13.5 points per game. Golfin’s best finish in a tournament came in 2012, when Performance Skillz made it to the semifinals.

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Golfin's Hall of Fame nomination.


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MIKE MASTRO

Mastro is often referred as the GOAT of Ultimate Hoops New York, and for good reason. He’s led Unstuck to 12 championships in Syosset and Garden City, ranging from Spring 2011 to Spring 2017. He has the tenacity to rebound like Dennis Rodman, the skill to score from anywhere on the floor and the vision to get his teammates involved. That all adds up to him averaging 23.3 points, 16.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game over the course of his Ultimate Hoops career. What stands out the most about his resume is that he ranks third all-time in rebounds with 4,160, doing so in just 258 games, the 113th most in Ultimate Hoops.

Mastro has been able to dominate Syosset and Garden City over the years, and in August 2017, he was able to prove that he could play at a National level as well. Mastro’s RTG made it to the championship game in the inaugural New York National Tournament, where they lost to fellow Syosset team, Thundercats. In the five games Mastro played in the tournament, he averaged 12.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3 assists, good enough to get him a nod in the All-Tournament Team.

Members of the UH New York community have said that Mastro would be a first-ballot Ultimate Hoops New York Hall of Famer if they were to ever have one. Mastro now has a chance to prove those members right by becoming a member of the inaugural class of the Ultimate Hoops Hall of Fame.

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Mastro's Hall of Fame nomination.


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CHASE SKINKIS

Standing at just 6 feet tall, you wouldn't expect the type of above-the-rim play from Las Vegas' Chase Skinkis. He has been regarded as the best dunker in Ultimate Hoops, and for good reason. The camera always has to be on when he hits the floor, or you might miss something

Among several eye-popping stats, what truly stands out is his 62% field goal percentage, an unheard of number from a guard. In 318 games, Skinkis has amassed 11 Ultimate Hoops titles. He is a regular in the Las Vegas National Tournament, with his best finish being a runner-up in 2014.

His game closely resembles NBA greats like Jason Kidd and Ben Simmons, uber-athletic guards who take efficient shots and make their teammates better. He's in the top-five for assists on the all-time leaderboard and he averages just short of a triple-double in his career (18.8 points, 10 rebounds, 8.3 assists).  

Skinkis is a team leader who will once again take his shot at an elusive National Tournament Title in May. 

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Listen to Reid Nelson and Luke Hanlon discuss Skinkis' Hall of Fame nomination.


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2018 Hall of Fame Committee

Brandon Barkley - Dallas

Beau Barney - Colorado

Izzy Elkaffas - Minnesota

Nicole Freedman - New York

Patrick Fridley - San Antonio

Kevin Gill - Houston

Mckinsey Golfin - Detroit

Phillip Burnett - New Jersey

L.C. Comine - Las Vegas

Donald Dangmuk - Phoenix

Luke Hanlon - Minnesota

Jason Hayes - Chicago

Anthony Leo - New York

Perry Mann - New Jersey

Reid Nelson - Minnesota

Dan Orozco - Las Vegas

Kossen Scott - Austin

Dan Silver - Chicago

Chris Walker - Phoenix

Jasmin Williams - Colorado

Jovan Zamarano - Laguna

 


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