Will Petersen Inducted to Basketball Hall of Fame👤Basketball Travelers 📁 2016 Paradise Jam 🕔20.November 2016
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – Will 'Neva' Petersen was honored at the 2016 Paradise Jam men's basketball tournament for his induction into the U.S. Virgin Island Basketball Hall of Fame.
Petersen, a native of St. Thomas, began his career in the St. Thomas Basketball Association's leagues as a teen. He left the island of St. Thomas at the age of 17 to attend the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina where he honed his skills and furthered his education.
The move to North Carolina provided Petersen the opportunity to attend St. Andrews College, now an NAIA University. During his tenure at St. Andrews, Petersen led his team to conference championships while racking up three MVP awards and earning an English degree. He ranks third on the NCAA Division-II scoring list at 2,553 points after averaging 22 points per game at St. Andrews College.
In 1979, Petersen also played a vital role on the Virgin Islands National Team. During the Pan-American games, the VI National Team defeated Brazil for the first and only time to date, as Petersen was named to the All-Tournament team. Petersen concluded his playing career playing a year with the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA.
Petersen recently returned home to reconnect with his family and the Virgin Islands community to help work with local youth. Petersen hopes to one day develop enrichment and athletic-based programs for young Virgin Islanders.
The U.S. Virgin Islands Basketball Hall of Fame was created in 2012 to honor residents of the USVI that have succeeded in the sport of basketball on the Islands and beyond.