ATLANTA, Ga. (WGGB) — Former NBA star Gary Payton and longtime college coach Rick Pitino will be among the twelve people honored in September as the latest inductees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this fall.
Joining Payton and Pitino, the Class of 2013, which was announced Monday in Atlanta including four-time Final Four coach Jerry Tarkanian, WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley, college coach Guy Lewis, NBA All-Star Bernard King and three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell.
They will join five other people – Roger Brown, Dr. E.B. Henderson, Oscar Schmidt, Richard Guerin, and Russ Granik – who were directly elected by committees focused on preserving areas of the game of basketball. Their selections were announced during NBA All-Star Weekend.
Hall of Fame President and CEO John Doleva says in a statement, “The Hall of Fame is proud to recognize this distinguished group of coaches, players and contributors to the game of basketball. Each person in this group has rightfully earned their spot in the Hall of Fame and we look forward to honoring them in Springfield during this Enshrinement Ceremonies in September.”
This year’s class of inductees will be enshrined on Sunday, September 8.
More on the Hall of Fame Inductees (information provided by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame):
From the Women’s Committee:
SYLVIA HATCHELL [Coach] – Hatchell recently became just the third Division I women’s coach to win 900 career games and the only coach in history to win national championships at three different levels (AIAW, NAIA and NCAA). Since taking over at the University of North Carolina in 1986, she has led the Tar Heels to three NCAA Final Fours, eight ACC championships and the 1994 National Championship. She is a three-time National Coach of the Year (1994, 2006 and 2008) and three-time ACC Coach of the Year. She has led her teams to seven 30-win seasons and twenty-eight 20-win seasons. In International competition, she was an assistant coach for the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal team and a part of four World University Games.
DAWN STALEY [Player] – As one of the most decorated players in women’s basketball history, Staley was a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, 2000 and 2004), five-time WNBA All-Star and two-time National College Player of the Year (1991-92). She was named the USA Basketball Female Player of the Year in 1994 and went on to begin her professional career as a two-time ABL All-Star (1997 and 1998). As a collegiate player, Staley was a three-time Kodak All-America selection (1990-92) at the University of Virginia and she still holds the NCAA career record for steals (454). She led the Cavaliers to three NCAA Final Four appearances and was named NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 1991. She is the only player in women’s college basketball history to record 2,000 points, 700 assists and 400 steals.
From the North American Committee:
BERNARD KING [Player] – King is a four-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA First-Team selection, NBA All-Rookie Team selection and was the NBA Comeback Player of the Year in 1981. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he was a First Team All-America at the University of Tennessee before an NBA career that included stints with the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets. He averaged over 22 points per game during his 15-year career including a 34.8 points per game average in the 1984 NBA Playoffs.
GUY V. LEWIS [Coach] – Lewis led his University of Houston program to five NCAA Final Four appearances (1967, 1968, 1982, 1983 and 1984) and nearly 600 wins during his 30 years as head coach. He won National Coach of the Year honors in 1968 and 1983. A graduate of the school in 1947 he began as an assistant coach in 1953 until he took over four years later. His tenure included 14 NCAA tournament appearances, 10 Sweet Sixteen appearances and registered three 30-win seasons. During his career, he coached 29 future NBA players including Elvin Hayes, Clyde Drexler, and Hakeem Olajuwon, all current Hall of Famers.
GARY PAYTON [Player] – Known as “The Glove” for his defensive prowess, Payton was a nine-time NBA All-Star and nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection. He was an All-NBA First Team selection in both 1998 and 2000 and was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. The two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996 and 2000) ended his NBA career ranking fourth all-time in steals (2,445) and eighth in assists (8,966). He won an NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006. Prior to the NBA, Payton was the Sports Illustrated National Player of the Year in 1990 while at Oregon State and holds the school’s all-time marks for points, assists and steals.
RICK PITINO [Coach] – Pitino is the only coach in men’s history to lead three different schools to NCAA Final Four appearances as he did with Providence College, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville. He led Kentucky to the 1996 National Championship and then reached the title game again with the Wildcats the following year. He has won over 600 games in his collegiate career, reached the Final Four seven different times (1987, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2011 and 2013), led his teams to 21 postseason appearances and won nine conference tournament championships. He earned Coach of the Year honors from different sources three different years. Pitino also held two stints as an NBA head coach with the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, leading the Knicks to two playoff appearances.
JERRY TARKANIAN [Coach] – Known as one of the most passionate coaches in the game of basketball, Tarkanian recorded 990 wins during his career with an 81% winning percentage that included leading the University of Nevada-Las Vegas to four NCAA Final Four appearances (1977, 1987, 1990 and 1991) and the 1990 NCAA Championship. During his career, he led three different schools to NCAA Tournament appearances (UNLV, Fresno State and Long Beach State), including 21 post season appearances, 14 NCAA tournaments, 13 Sweet Sixteen appearances, seven Elite Eights, 17 conference championships and four 30-plus win seasons. Tarkanian is a four-time National Coach of the Year (1977 Kodak; 1983 UPI; 1984, 1990 Basketball Times). At the junior college level, he still owns the highest winning percentage of all-time at .891. He has coached 44 future NBA prospects including 12 First Round draft picks. Off the court, he was the recipient of the Roy Campanella Humanitarian Award and the Dream a Dream Foundation Inspiration Award – the only basketball coach to receive the award.
From the ABA Committee:
ROGER BROWN [Player] – Brown, nicknamed “The Rajah” was one of the greatest one-on-one players in the history of the American Basketball Association (ABA) averaging 17.4 points per game in eight ABA seasons. He was a four-time ABA All-Star (1968,1970, 1971 and 1972), All-ABA first team (1971) and a member of three ABA championship teams with the Indiana Pacers (1970, 1972 and 1973). He holds two ABA records – most consecutive field goals made (21) and scored an ABA Finals single-game high of 53 points. Brown starred for the University of Dayton, and was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1967. During his eight year (1967 -1975) ABA career, he spent time with the Indiana Pacers, Memphis Sounds and the Utah Stars. He is one of five players to have his jersey retired by the Pacers. After his professional career, Brown served as a Republican on the Indianapolis City Council for four years. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1996 and before passing away in 1997, he took part in several fundraisers across the city of Indianapolis.
From the Early African American Pioneers Committee:
Dr. E.B. HENDERSON [Contributor] – Known as the “Grandfather of Black Basketball,” Henderson was a true pioneer of the game. He first learned basketball in 1904 at Harvard University, while attending a summer physical training class for gym teachers. Upon his return to Washington, D.C., he introduced the game of basketball to his black students. That was the first time African Americans had played organized basketball on a wide scale. Henderson later formed the first African American athletic conference, the Interscholastic Athletic Association (I.S.A.A). Through the I.S.A.A, he was able to organize competitions between intercity African American youth along the Mid-Atlantic coast specifically in New York and Washington, D.C. In 1909, he led the Twelfth Street Colored Y.M.C.A to the 1909-10 Black National Title and the team finished undefeated. The following year, he coached the 12th Streeter squad to another undefeated season and won the 1910-11 Colored Basketball World’s Championship title. He also co-edited the Spalding Official Handbook for the I.S.A.A., which was published from 1910 to 1913.
From the International Committee:
OSCAR SCHMIDT [Player] – Schmidt is one of the greatest players to come out of his native country of Brazil. He was named one of FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1991, and was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2010. He played in five Summer Olympics with the Brazilian national team and was the top scorer in three of them. In the 1988 Seoul Olympics, he averaged 42.3 points per game. Schmidt is a three-time gold medalist in the South American Championship (1977, 1983, 1985), two-time silver medalist in the South American Club Championships (1979,1981), won the Intercontinental Cup Silver medal (1977) and World Championship bronze medal in 1978. Schmidt won both the South American Club Championship and the World Club Championship with Sirio of the Brazilian Basketball League in 1979. Drafted in the sixth round by the New Jersey Nets in 1984, Schmidt declined the opportunity to play in the NBA in order to maintain his “amateur” status in Europe. He also spent time playing in the Italian League where he won the Italian Basketball Cup with Caserta in 1988, and was seven-time Italian League top scorer (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992). Returning to his native Brazil in 1995 to finish his career, Schmidt was the league’s top scorer eight times from 1996-2003. He retired on May 26, 2003.
From the Veterans Committee:
RICHARD GUERIN [Player] – Guerin is widely known as one of best all-around players ever in the NBA, scoring over 14,676 points during his 13-year stint. The six-time NBA All-Star was a member of the New York Knicks from 1956-1963 and was the first Knick to score 2,000 points in a single season (1961-62). He averaged 20.1 points per game with the team and recorded 4,278 rebounds and 4,211 assists in his career. He finished as a player/coach for the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks, compiling an NBA coaching record of 327-291 with the Hawks organization and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 1968. Rewriting the basketball record books as a collegiate player at Iona College, Guerin scored 1,375 points, including a career average of 19.6 points per game and graduated the leading scorer in Iona basketball history. The New York Knicks drafted him in the second round in 1956.
From the Contributor Direct Election Committee:
RUSS GRANIK [Contributor] – One of the most influential contributors to the game of basketball. Granik spent 30 years in the NBA league office starting as a staff attorney in 1976 and finishing his NBA career as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer. He was involved in every major negotiation in the NBA from 1980 to 2005 including television contracts, collective bargaining and league expansion. Overseeing the expansion of the game into the international realm as a key figure in working out the details of professionals (NBA players) competing in the 1992 Olympic Games and subsequent international competitions. He was the NBA’s chief negotiator on four collective bargaining agreements and has served as NBA Executive Vice President (1984-90), Vice President of USA Basketball (1989-96) and President of USA Basketball (1996-2000). He was also the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board (2003-2007). In 2005, he received USA Basketball’s Edward S. Steitz Award.