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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

MUFFET McGRAW NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL Hall of Fame Inductee Muffet McGraw | Tribune Photo | Robert Franklin

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced their 2017 inductees on Saturday.

“To be elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an incredible achievement,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board. “The Class of 2017 has shown unwavering perseverance and dedication to the game and we are very pleased to honor them in Springfield this fall.”

2017 Naismith Hall of Fame Inductees:

Robert Hughes | Coach

Hughes coached high school basketball in Texas for 47 years and ranks first on the all-time wins list for boys’ high school coaches. He has compiled an overall high school coaching record of 1,333-247 (.844) and led his teams to 35 district championships and five state championships. He served as Head coach of the McDonald’s All-America Game West team (2001).

Tracy McGrady | Player

McGrady is a seven-time NBA All-Star (2001-2007) and a two-time NBA Scoring Champion (2003, 2004).  After being named the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2001, he was named to the All-NBA First Team in 2002 and 2003. In McGrady’s 15 NBA seasons, he averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists per game and set an Orlando Magic franchise record for most points in a single game (62).

Bill Self | Coach

Self is a two-time AP College Coach of the Year (2009, 2016) and six-time Conference Coach of the Year (WAC: 2000; Big 12: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016). He was named the Naismith Coach of the Year in 2012 and NABC Coach of the Year and USA Today National Coach of the Year in 2016. Self has led Kansas to 12 consecutive Big 12 regular season championships (2005-2016) and 13 straight NCAA tournament appearances, including an NCAA National Championship in 2008.

Muffet McGraw | Coach

McGraw is the only male or female three-time Consensus National College Coach of the Year (2001, 2013, 2014). As the coach of Notre Dame women’s basketball since 1987, she has led her team to seven NCAA Elite Eights and seven NCAA Final Fours (1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) with one National Championship in 2001. McGraw is one of four coaches in NCAA Division I history with 800 wins, seven Final Fours and five NCAA title games.

Rebecca Lobo | Contributor

Lobo, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, was a member of the undefeated NCAA National Champion Connecticut Huskies (1995). That same year, she earned NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, AP Female Athlete of the Year, the Wade Trophy, the Naismith Award, WBCA National Player of the Year and USBWA National Player of the Year. Lobo earned an Olympic gold medal in Atlanta in 1996 and was an iconic player assigned to the New York Liberty when the WNBA formed in 1997.

Mannie Jackson | Contributor

A former star for the Harlem Globetrotters (1960-1966), Jackson saved the Globetrotters from near extinction in 1993 when he purchased the team and became CEO (1993-2007). In doing so, he became the first African-American owner of a major international sports and entertainment organization. Jackson served as Chairman of the Board for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2007-2009).

Tom Jernstedt | Contributor

Jerry Krause is notably recognized as the General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Chicago Bulls (1985-2003). Under his leadership, the Bulls won six world championships and became one of the most iconic teams in the history of sports. Krause was the only person in history to be an executive in the NBA and Major League Baseball.

Jerry Krause | Contributor

Jerry Krause is most notably recognized as the General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Chicago Bulls (1985-2003). Under his leadership, the Bulls won six world championships and became one of the most iconic teams in the history of sports. Krause was twice named NBA Executive of the Year (1988, 1996). Krause was the only person in history to be an executive in the NBA and Major League Baseball.

Zach Clayton | Player

Zack Clayton, recognized as one of the all-time great basketball players of the Black Fives Era, played for several all-black teams including his hometown Philadelphia Panthers, the Chicago Crusaders, and the renowned Harlem Globetrotters and New York Rens. He won two World Professional Basketball Tournament championships, the first in 1939 with the Rens and the second in 1953 with the Washington Bears.

Nick Galis | Player

Nick Galis is widely considered the greatest basketball player in Greek history. He led ARIS of Thessaloniki to seven straight Greek League championships and eight overall (1983, 1985-91). Galis won a European Championship gold medal and European Championships MVP in 1987, while also taking home silver in 1989. Galis was named one of FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1991. He played collegiately at Seton Hall and was inducted into the Seton Hall Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.

George McGinnis | Player

George McGinnis was a six-time All-Star during his professional career in both the ABA (1971-1975) and the NBA (1975-1982). He averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game in the ABA, winning two ABA championships with the Indiana Pacers (1972, 1973) and co-MVP honors with Hall of Famer Julius Erving (1975). He has since been named to the 30-man ABA All-Time Team. In the NBA, McGinnis averaged 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and earned All-NBA First Team in 1976.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be honored September 7-9, 2017 during this year’s Enshrinement festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts.

 

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