Drexler, Calhoun and Vitale lead Hall of Fame nominees
Springfield, MA (Sports Network) – Clyde Drexler, Jim Calhoun and Dick Vitale
highlight a class of 16 finalists for induction into the Basketball Hall of
The group — named Sunday — includes Lynette Woodard, Bobby Jones, Bernard
King, Chet Walker; the late Gus Johnson and Maurice Stokes; Bill Sharman, who
is already enshrined as a player is in the ballot as a coach; Purdue coach
Gene Keady, Wayland Baptist women’s coach Harley Redlin; Drazen Dalipagic
from the former Yugoslavia and Brazil’s Hortencia Marcari; as well as
contributors Jerry Colangelo and Johnny Kerr.
Drexler, selected as one of NBA’s 50 greatest players in 1997, won an NBA
title with the Huston Rockets in 1995. He also helped lead the Portland Trail
Blazers to the NBA finals in 1990 and 1992.
He retired in 1998 after compiling 22,195 points, 6,125 assists and 6,677
rebounds in 18 seasons. Drexler was also a member of the original Dream Team,
a compilation of NBA stars that won the 1992 Olympic basketball gold medal.
Calhoun, the coach at the University of Connecticut, led the team to the 1999
national championship and eight Big East titles.
Vitale, a college basketball broadcaster on ESPN for 25 years, is understood
for his enthusiasm and catch phrases. He coached at the University of Detroit
and for the Detroit Pistons.
This year’s inductees will be announced at the NCAA men’s Final Four on April
5 in San Antonio. The induction ceremony will be held in September.