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Franklin Allen Will Join Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

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Charlottesville-native and former Roanoke College basketball star Franklin Allen has been named a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Seven new members will be inducted this year.

Allen is joined by Cornell Brown, Lawrence Burton, Dean Ehlers, Robert Pratt, Bill Roth, and Dick Tarrant.

Franklin Allen was an All-American at Roanoke back in the late 1960's, and is the all-time leader in points (2,780) and rebounds (1,758) at all NCAA levels in Virginia history.

He was the first African-American student to attend Roanoke, and helped lead the Maroons to their first NCAA tournament berth in 1967.

"It's the single biggest honor that I've received," says Allen. "I won All-Tournament teams, and MVP's. I've been inducted into the Roanoke College Hall of Fame, but at this stage of my life and my career, to be honored by the Hall of Fame in the state of Virginia, it's the single biggest honor that I've had."

The induction ceremony will be April 26th at the Hall of Fame in Norfolk.

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