Jim Spanarkel, ’75, will be inducted on Monday in the Bollinger NJSIAA Hall of Fame at a luncheon in Princeton,New Jersey. Spanarkel capped a stellar athletic career at Hudson Catholic by being selected All-State in both basketball and baseball as a senior. Spanarkel scored over 1,000 points in basketball. He went on to Duke, and became the school’s first 2,000-point scorer and was a three-time team MVP, including the 1978 season when the Blue Devils reached the NCAA final. He also pitched two seasons on the Duke baseball team. Spanarkel played five years in the NBA, and remains visible as a color commentator on NCAA and NBA telecasts.
Jim has worked over 20 years as the Nets television analyst (currently on the YES Network), and he additionally works CBS Sports’ regular season and NCAA Men’s Championship college basketball coverage. He also served as a studio analyst for NBA TV. During his entire broadcasting career, he has provided basketball coverage on CBS Sports, ESPN, FOX Sports, a the Brooklyn Nets on YES. In 2013, Spanarkel called the international telecasts of the 2013 NBA Finals. He has also been chief commentator for the Travers Cups and various member guest tournaments at Upper Montclair. Spanarkel used to work primarily with Ian Eagle during CBS’s telecast of the NCAA tournament, through 2013.
Spanarkel also served as a member of the Consultative Board of Hudson Catholic Regional High School. He is also a member of the Wall of Fame and the Hall of Fame at Hudson Catholic Regional High School. Congratulations Jim on this wonderful achievement.