The McLaughlins of Andover won’t soon forget Saturday, June 22.
On that day, five of them were part of a class of more than 300 inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame at the DCU Center in Worcester.
Tom McLaughlin was inducted for his career at UMass, where he was a senior captain after transferring from Tennessee. The Bronx, N.Y., native started alongside NCAA champion coach Rick Pitino, Al Skinner and the immortal Julius Erving, averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds over three seasons. At age 30, he was named the head coach at UMass.
His children, 6-1 Ashley and 6-4 Tommy, were inducted for their play at Andover High.
Ashley was the 2004 Eagle-Tribune MVP and led Andover to the 2003 state title and the 2004 EMass Division 1 title. She scored 1,150 points and earned a scholarship to College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.
Tommy was the 2000 Eagle-Tribune MVP and scored a whopping 1,564 points in his AHS career, despite missing his senior year with a knee injury. He played at Princeton University in New Jersey.
Oldest son 6-9 Corry (AHS ‘00) was inducted for his achievements as a scholar-athlete at the University of Vermont. He was the second player in history to make the America East Honor Roll five times, including as a senior co-captain when he had a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Believe it or not, there was a fifth McLaughlin honored. Tom’s brother, Frank, the longtime athletic director at Fordham University in New York, won the Pathfinder Award for someone with New England roots (he was head coach at Harvard) who also enjoyed distinguished achievement outside of New England.
In the Division 2 college category, Todd Orlando (AHS ‘80) was chosen. The 6-10 Orlando scored 1,671 points in an All-American career at Bentley College in Waltham and was drafted in the fifth round by the Boston Celtics.