ARLINGTON, Texas — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its incoming group that includes former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond and coach Gary Williams.
Coach Nolan Richardson and the Immaculata AIAW national championship team will also be inducted Aug. 7-9 in Springfield, Mass.
Mourning was a seven-time NBA All-Star and a member of the Heat’s championship in 2006. The former Georgetown star was the NBA’s defensive player of the year twice.
Richmond was a six-time NBA All-Star, who won the championship in 2002 with the Lakers. He averaged more than 21 points per game in 10 straight seasons.
Williams led Maryland to 11 straight NCAA tournaments, winning the championship in 2002. Richardson was named the coach of the year after leading Arkansas to the 1994 NCAA tournament championship.
Under coach Cathy Rush, Immaculata won three straight AIAW titles, going 60-2 in the stretch.
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern, ABA coach Bob Leonard, African-American NBA pioneer Nat Clifton, Soviet NBA player Sarunas Marciulionis, and Temple and Bulls guard Guy Rodgers were direct elections from various committees.
Tim Hardaway, Kevin Johnson and Spencer Haywood were nominees who did not receive enough votes for election.
Home sweet home: Kentucky players Julius Randle, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison felt at home in AT&T Stadium for the NCAA tournament championship game against Connecticut. All three hail from Texas.
They said they tried to avoid letting their emotions interfere with their games, knowing so many friends and family were attending.
“I probably didn’t do a good job of it at the beginning of the game (Saturday against Wisconsin),” Randle said. “As the game goes on, you just calm down and worry about the game. You can’t worry about what’s going on in the stands. The biggest thing is you know your family’s there and they’re going to be supporting you.”
Phelps says goodbye: ESPN college basketball analyst Digger Phelps announced his retirement from broadcasting during the network’s coverage leading up to tipoff. The former Notre Dame coach (1971-91) first joined ESPN in 1993 as a studio and game analyst. The 72-year-old has twice overcome cancer, most recently bladder cancer last fall.
Star-studded crowd: Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush attended the championship game. ... Kentucky welcomed back former players John Wall and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.