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Two-Time National Champion Massey Earns Spot In NJCAA Hall of Fame

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Former Owens Community College men's basketball guard Jeff Massey (Concord/Elkhart, Ind.) has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Hall of Fame.

Massey, who played for the Express from 1991-93, led the Express men's basketball team to back-to-back NJCAA Division II national championships, where he was named tournament MVP in both seasons. Additionally, he was a two-time First Team All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) selection, a two-time OCCAC Player of the Year, a two-time First Team All-Region XII selection, a two-time Region XII Player of the Year and a two-time First Team NJCAA All-American.

In his two seasons, the Express finished 72-3 overall and won back-to-back conference championships, along with their regional and national titles.

As a freshman, he scored 1,047 points, which equated to 27.6 per game and is the 13th most points in a single season at the NJCAA level.

As a sophomore, Massey scored 26 points per game and closed his two-year career with 1,894 points, which is good for ninth on the NJCAA career scoring list.

Massey is still the program's all-time leading single season and career scorer. He also still holds nine program records.

Prior to his time at Owens, Massey was a Second Team All-Indiana selection at Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind. While there, he led the team to a 28-1 record as a junior, which included an appearance in the state championship game. As a senior, he led the team to a 25-3 record and a state semifinal berth.

Following his time at Owens, Massey led Xavier University to an NIT berth as a junior and an NCAA Tournament berth as a senior. The Musketeers finished 45-13 in his two years. As a senior, Massey was a team captain while leading the team in scoring (18.9 ppg), steals, free throw percentage and blocked shots. As a junior, he averaged 12.7 points per game while being named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year. As a student, he earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and a master's degree in counseling.

Following his collegiate career, Massey played overseas in several countries, such as France and Poland, for four years before entering the NCAA coaching ranks. After one year as the Director of Basketball Operations at Owens Community College in 2004-05, Massey spent two years as an assistant men's basketball coach at Robert Morris University before moving on to St. Bonaventure University, where he is currently. While at St. Bonaventure, he recruited Atlantic-10 Player of the Year and current NBA player Andrew Nicholson to St. Bonaventure.

Massey, who will be officially inducted later this year, is a member of the Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame and is the only male athlete to have his jersey retired at Owens Community College. He also becomes the first person associated with Owens Community College to be named to the NJCAA Hall of Fame.