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CAMDEN – The two all-time scoring leaders in the history of Rutgers University-Camden's basketball programs, the first brother-sister combination and one of the school's all-time great baseball players will be enshrined as the 2007 inductees of the Rutgers-Camden Athletic Hall of Fame at the induction dinner on campus Saturday, Oct. 6.

    The second class of the Hall of Fame features baseball star John "Rocky" Gianvito, basketball all-time leading scorers Terry Cole and Bill Bramble and the sibling duo of basketball stars Cetshwayo and Kamilah Byrd. The 2007 class will be the second group to be inducted into Rutgers-Camden's Athletic Hall of Fame. The inaugural class was honored in 2005 and the school did not have an induction ceremony in 2006.

    The first Hall of Fame class featured three-sport star Tara Harris (basketball, softball, tennis), baseball and basketball player Gar Miller, former Rutgers-Camden Dean of Students, Associate Provost and golf coach Barry Millett, basketball stars Ray Pace and Karla Robinson, former Athletic Director and basketball coach Wilbur "Pony" Wilson and the 1977 men's soccer team which played in the NAIA national tournament and finished sixth in the country.

    The Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies will begin with a 6:30 p.m. reception at the Rutgers-Camden gymnasium, followed by a 7:30 p.m. dinner and induction ceremony in the Campus Center. Tickets to the event, at $25 apiece, can be purchased by calling the Rutgers-Camden Athletic Department at 856-225-6197.




    BRAMBLE, BILL (1964-68 basketball) – The all-time leading scorer in Rutgers-Camden men's basketball history with 2,110 points and a 24.3 average, Bill Bramble also holds school records for field goals (839), field goal attempts (2,012), free throws (432) and free throw attempts (580). His 602 points and 136 free throws during the 1967-68 season both rank second on the school's single-season lists, while his 81.0 free throw percentage that season ranks third. He also set the single-season mark with a 28.7 scoring average that year, helping him earn honors as the 1968 Basketball Club of South Jersey Player of the Year.

    In addition to the highest single-season scoring average of 28.7, Bramble's 26.2 average during the 1966-67 season is third among the all-time records and helped Rutgers capture the 1967 Delaware Valley Conference championship. The team also won a DVC title during his freshman season in 1964-65.

    Among his other single-season accomplishments, Bramble has the top three seasons for field goal attempts (549 in 1967-68, 512 in 1966-67 and 490 in 1965-66), the fifth-, sixth- and seventh-highest totals of field goals (233 in 1967-68, 223 in 1966-67 and 204 in 1965-66) and the second- and third-highest number of free throws (136 in 1967-68 and 130 in 1966-67).

    Bramble scored 30 or more points 16 times in his four-year career. On two occasions he scored 45 points in a game (Feb. 17, 1966 against Salisbury State and Dec. 1, 1966 against Philadelphia Bible), a record that stood until Dan Rucker scored 46 in 1978. Bramble added a 44-point game against Philadelphia Bible on Jan. 4, 1968, giving him three of the top four single-game point totals in program history. In his 45-point effort against Salisbury State, Bramble had 20 field goals, the second-highest total in program history.

    Bramble, who attended Camden Catholic High School, captured four All-Delaware Valley Conference honors and was a four-time All-Philadelphia Area Small College player at Rutgers. The team went 62-25 during his four years, the best four-year run in program history.


Rutgers-Camden 2007 Athletic Hall of Fame Class                        

    BYRD, CETSHWAYO (1990-1994 basketball; 1991-94 baseball) A two-sport standout at Rutgers-Camden, Cetshwayo Byrd was a four-year letterman in basketball who is a member of Rutgers-Camden's exclusive 1,000-point scoring club. His 1,300 career points rank sixth on the school's all-time list.

    Byrd also played three seasons of baseball from 1991-94 as a shortstop, first baseman and designated hitter. Despite missing his sophomore year due to injury, he was a .297 career hitter in 63 games, adding six doubles, two triples, five home runs, 35 RBIs and a .432 career slugging percentage.

    Cetshwayo, who joins his sister Kamilah as a 2007 Hall of Fame inductee, was a force on the basketball court. In addition to his 1,300 career points, he collected 590 rebounds (sixth all-time) for a 13.3 rebounding average (18th). He also added 40 career blocked shots (seventh).

    Byrd's 98 games played is the second-highest total in program history, and he is third with 545 career field goals. His single-game high of 36 points against Jersey City State (Dec. 4, 1993) produced 18 field goals, tied for the third-highest single-game mark in program history.

    A two-time basketball team co-captain, Byrd earned All-New Jersey Athletic Conference Honorable Mention as a junior. That accomplishment set the stage for a huge finish to his collegiate career.

    During his senior year in 1993-94, Byrd was honored as both the basketball team's MVP and the Samuel Strauss Award as the club's Most Dedicated Player. As the team captain, he averaged 17.3 points and 7.5 rebounds that season, when he earned All-NJAC Second Team honors. He capped the school year by hitting .333 with 27 RBIs and three home runs in 31 baseball games. Those back-to-back banner seasons helped him earn Rutgers-Camden's honor as the 1993-94 Male Athlete of the Year.

    A 1994 graduate of Rutgers-Camden with a BA in Sociology, Byrd is a Special Education teacher and a coach at Pennsauken High School. He serves as an assistant varsity football coach at Pennsauken, has been named as the Indians' new head varsity basketball coach and also is the junior varsity baseball coach.


    BYRD HINSON, KAMILAH (1993-97 basketball) One of the top shot-blockers and rebounders in Rutgers-Camden women's basketball history, Kamilah Byrd Hinson finished her career with 291 blocked shots (second on the all-time list, but first when she graduated), 874 rebounds (fourth) and 9.1 rebounds per game (seventh) in 96 career games (sixth).

    She also collected 624 career points during her four-year career, averaging 6.5 points per game.

    The sister of fellow 2007 Hall of Fame inductee Cetshwayo Byrd, Kamilah is tied for the program's single-game record with 11 blocks, set against Rutgers-Newark Feb. 20, 1996. She also had four 10-block games during her illustrious career.

    Among her single-season accomplishments, Byrd Hinson collected 341 rebounds (third all-time) during 1996-97 and 322 (sixth) in 1995-96. She averaged 14.0 rebounds during the 1995-96 campaign, the second-highest single-season mark in program history, and 13.1 per game in 1996-97 (seventh). She also had the second- and third-highest totals for blocks in a season (134 in 1996-97 and 119 in 1995-96). Her field goal percentage of 50.5 in 1996-97 ranks third on the all-time charts.

    During her junior year in 1995-96, Byrd Hinson was named the team Most Valuable Player, and she won the Samuel Strauss Award as the program's Most Dedicated Player the next season. Her senior year also saw her earn All-New Jersey Athletic Conference Second Team honors, get recognized as the NJAIAW Woman of the Year from Rutgers-Camden and earn one of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Women's Basketball Sports Scholars Awards for her outstanding academic and athletic achievements. She capped the 1996-97 school year at the annual athletic awards banquet by earning Rutgers-Camden Female Athlete of the Year and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.

    Byrd Hinson graduated from Rutgers-Camden in 1997 with a BA in Spanish, then received her Masters of Education degree in School Leadership from Wilmington College (Delaware) in August, 2001. She currently teaches Spanish at Collingswood High School.


    COLE, TERRY (1979-83 basketball) – A four-time MVP of the women's basketball program out of Pemberton High School, Terry Cole owns Rutgers-Camden career records for points (2,240), scoring average (25.5), field goals (921) and free throws (398), is fourth in free throw percentage (65.8) and ninth in games played (88). She produced the top four games for both points and field goals in program history, including the high of 26 field goals and 53 points against Ramapo (Feb. 26, 1983). She also had 10 of the top 14 single-game scoring totals in program history and compiled an amazing 26 games with 30 or more points.

    The only female in school history to score over 2,000 points, and the school's overall all-time leading basketball scorer, Cole owns the top three single-season scoring averages (including a record 27.1 in 1980-81), the second and third-best single-season point totals (671 in 1981-82 and 614 in 1982-83), the second-best season free throw percentage (78.4 in 1982-83), the second and third-highest number of field goals in a season (283 in 1981-82 and 247 the next year) and the fourth-highest free throw total (120 in 1982-83). She shot 120-for-153 from the foul line that year, an accuracy rate of 78.4 percent (second all-time for a single season).


Rutgers-Camden 2007 Athletic Hall of Fame Class                        

    Cole was named the Rutgers-Camden Female Athlete of the Year twice (1981 and 1982), and was a two-time All-Regional and All-Conference performer during the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons. She also was the MVP of the 1981 Rutgers-Camden Holiday Tournament and was named to the NJAIAW All-Star Team during the 1981-82 season.

    As a senior, Cole nabbed numerous honors, including New Jersey Sports Writers College Division Player of the Year and the Philadelphia Sports Writers Player of the Week. She was named to the Philadelphia College Division All-Area Team and the New Jersey Sports Writers All-Star Team, and also was a member of the Kodak All-District team. She finished fourth in scoring and 12th in rebounding among all NCAA Division III players.

    Cole graduated from Rutgers-Camden in a 1985 with  BA in Sociology. Following graduation, she played for two teams (Sandwell and Sheffield) in the European Basketball League in England.

    Cole works as a Behavior Modification Therapist at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital and is a Lumberton resident. 


    GIANVITO, JOHN "ROCKY" (1957-58 soccer, 1957-58 and 1958-59 basketball, 1958-61 baseball) – One of the greatest baseball players in program history, John "Rocky Gianvito compiled statistics that still rank among the all-time career records despite the fact that his team never played more than 17 games in a season. Over four years, Gianvito played in 58 career games, a total reached in 1½  seasons by the current schedule. A hard-hitting centerfielder who also saw time on the mound, Gianvito compiled a .337 career batting average and ranks among the all-time leaders in home runs (8, tied for fifth place), triples (6, tied for eighth) and saves (2, tied for ninth). His totals for stolen bases (22, tied for 10th) and sacrifice flies (5, tied for eighth) also rank among the career leaders despite two seasons where those categories weren't even recorded. Gianvito is tied for the program single-game record with two triples (against LaSalle University, April 14, 1958) and still holds the mark with five walks in a game against Philadelphia Textile, May 2, 1961. His single-season stats include an amazing three seasons with a slugging percentage .545 or higher, including .646 in 1959 (seventh all-time) and .609 in 1960 (12th). He had a .413 batting average in 1960 (sixth all-time) on-base percentages of .552 and .509 (third and seventh) in 1961 and 1960, respectively, and 1961 totals of 22 walks (tied for 14th), 15 stolen bases (tied for 8th) and three sacrifice flies (tied for seventh).

    Gianvito earned MVP and Co-MVP awards for Rutgers baseball, hit a pair of career grand slams (including one measured at 450 feet against St. Joseph's University in 1958), stole second, third and home consecutively against Drexel University (1960) and won a pair of games in relief in 1961. His accomplishments helped the Raptors win three consecutive Delaware Valley Conference championships from 1959-61.

    During his freshman and sophomore years, Gianvito also earned two varsity letters in both soccer (goaltender) and basketball (guard).

    A 1961 graduate of Rutgers College of South Jersey, Gianvito was an Economics major. He received his Master's of Education in Educational Administration (Business) from Glassboro State College in 1980.

    The owner of his own marketing consultant business, Gianvito Consulting Services, he is a Medford resident.

Formerly of Brooklawn, Gianvito graduated from Gloucester City High School.