A basketball program designed for all ages, Ultimate Hoops (UH) provides leagues, official-sized hardwood courts, clinics, and camps where individuals can develop their skills. Facilitated by Life Time, Inc., the program is available at more than 110 Life Time clubs throughout the US. UH possesses the country’s largest recreational league for adults, with multiple tiers based on proficiency level. All adult leagues have officials and track statistics, as well as provide media coverage. In order to honor deserving basketball players and contributors, UH launched its Hall of Fame in 2018 with an inaugural class featuring individuals such as Alan Arlt, Johnnie Brown, and Paris Kyles, among others. Here are the five 2019 UH Hall of Fame inductees:
A point guard who possesses experience playing in Division III basketball at Rochester College, Vaughan Gray was nominated for inclusion in the 2018 Class of the UH Hall of Fame. One of the most accomplished players in UH history, he has received 14 championship trophies over the course of nine seasons. To that end, he has belonged to five Shelby Open championship-winning teams. Gray has also won two championships at the Detroit Open and the West Bloomfield Open. Moreover, he excels on the national stage, as he has averaged 14.7 points in 15 Las Vegas National Tournament games.
Upon induction into the Hall of Fame, Gray ranked second and sixth, respectively, in UH history for points scored and career games played. This season, he is playing for the Goblin Skillz in the Open Division and the Detroit Pistons in the Veterans Division. He has reached double digits in points in eight of his nine games.
A two-time UH Hall of Fame nominee, Michael Mastro earned induction as part of the 2019 class in part due to his rebounding abilities. At the time of his induction, the forward was the UH all-time leading rebounder with 5,507 rebounds. He had 680 more than Chris Maher, who ranked second, despite playing in 265 fewer games than him. As of the 2019 season, Mastro still ranked first in career rebounds with 5,915 and was among the top 16 all-time in points (8,812), assists (2,174), and blocks (487). This is despite being outside of the top 50 all-time in games played.
In addition to his individual successes, Mastro has played on 15 championship-winning teams. He has won 11 titles at the Syosset Open, three in the Garden City Draft, and one in the Syosset Draft.
Since the 2015 spring season, Adam Bickerstaff has won 15 tournament championships, which is the most among all UH players in Arizona. He is the co-captain of his team, Ball So Hard, which won four consecutive Las Vegas National Tournaments from 2015 to 2018. The team reached the final of the tournament for a fifth consecutive year in 2019 but lost 80-79 to X Over in what HU considered “the greatest game” in its history.
Bickerstaff became eligible for the UH Hall of Fame by playing in his 200th game weeks prior to the start of the voting process. He has played in 266 games as of November 18, 2019 and ranks 99th all-time in points with 4,420. He is also 63rd all-time in assists with 1,208.
Although the former Division III college basketball player Joe Neuenfeldt ranks among the top 200 of all-time in games played and points scored, he secured induction in 2019 for his contributions off the court. He has served UH as a post-game interviewer, blogger, and the League Coordinator of UH Summerlin in Nevada. Unafraid of confrontation, he interviewed players with an emphasis on entertainment and questioned them on technical calls and controversial plays through lighthearted teasing.
Prior to his UH Hall of Fame nomination, multiple UH voters united to ensure Neuenfeldt received consideration, and numerous Las Vegas UH players shared their admiration for him. This included 2018 UH Hall of Fame inductee Alan Arlt, who wrote an article that praised and congratulated Neuenfeldt on his 2019 nomination.
Like Neuenfeldt, Reid Nelson was also welcomed into the UH Hall of Fame in the contributor category. He developed the idea for the UH Hall of Fame and was fundamental in its creation, but was ineligible in 2018 because he had yet to accrue the required seven years of contributor service. Once he did, he was a near-unanimous inductee in 2019 with 18 of a possible 20 votes.
In addition to the Hall of Fame, Nelson launched the Dream League and helped to facilitate the expansion of national tournaments. He has also played in 191 games and won three league championships, with the most recent one being in 2017 with the No. 4 Lakers in the Open Division.