Jim Calhoun Reported Named to Hall of Fame

Connecticut's <B>Jim Calhoun</B> has been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame according to the <I>Hartford Courant</I>. The Class of 2005 is scheduled to be officially announced in St. Louis this Monday, April 4, 2005, at noon ET prior to that evening's NCAA Division I Championship game.

The Courant reported that Calhoun was informed Thursday he has been elected to the Hall. Later reports Friday indicate that fellow Big East coach, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, joins Calhoun as the two 'known' selectees from the 16 finalists announced in February.

Calhoun won his second national championship last season and has a 703-210 career coaching record. This is his second consecutive year as a finalist; his third year of eligibility.

Calhoun is also the recipient of the 2004-05 John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award. His 19 year record at UConn is 455-173.

The 16 finalists are:

  • Jim Boeheim, Syracuse 29-year head men's basketball coach.
  • Hubie Brown, legendary coach who resigned as the Memphis Grizzlies' head coach and is now a color TV analyst for the NBA.
  • Calhoun
  • Van Chancelor, women's coach at Mississippi and the WNBA's Houston Comets.
  • Maurice Cheeks, former Portland Trail Blazers coach and former NBA all-star.
  • Adrian Dantley, one of Morgan Wootten's crop of all-star players from DeMatha Catholic in the Washington, D.C. area. All-American at Notre Dame with 15 year NBA career.
  • Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons' President of Basketball Operations after playing his entire pro career with Detroit.
  • Sandro Gamba, Milan, Italy native has coached in Europe for over 30 years.
  • Sue Gunter, head women's basketball coach at LSU, Stephen F. Austin and Middle Tennessee. Third winningest coach in women's NCAA history with 708 wins over her 41 year career.
  • Dennis Johnson, 14 year NBA career with Seattle, Phoenix and Boston.
  • Bernard King, All-American at Tennessee, the Brooklyn native also had a 14 year NBA career, his with New Jersey, Golden State, New York and Washington.
  • Hortencia Marcari, member of the Brazillian National Team at the 1992, '96, and 2000 Olympics winning Gold at the 1994 World Championships.
  • Chet Walker, All-American out of Bradley in the late 50s and early 60s. 13-year NBA career with Syracuse-Philadelphia and Chicago.
  • Dominique Wilkins, born in Paris, France, was a Parade H.S. All-American. Following his career at Georgis went on to the NBA spending about half of the time with the Atlanta Hawks.

  • 16 2005 finalists
  • Hartford Courant article

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