Wilkes, Miller head Hall of Fame class
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Five-time All-Star Reggie Miller and longtime coach Don Nelson are among a dozen players, coaches and teams that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The class of 2012 was announced Monday in New Orleans, the site of the Final Four.
Also elected were two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain, three-time college player of the year Ralph Sampson, four-time NBA champion Jamaal Wilkes, longtime referee Hank Nichols, and the All-American Red Heads, the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters.
Five members of the class had already been announced: Nike co-founder Phil Knight, ABA star Mel Daniels, seven-time NBA All-Star Chet Walker, Olympian Don Barksdale and Lydija Alexeeva, who led the Soviet Union to two Olympic gold medals.
The class will be inducted Sept. 7 at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Miller, Wilkes and Barksdale are all former Bruins bringing the total to 12 Naismith Hall of Fame members combined between UCLA women's and men's basketball programs and this marks the first time ever that three Bruins have been inducted individually into the same class.
"Heartfelt congratulations to Reggie, Jamaal and Don on achieving the pinnacle of individual achievement as basketball players. Being selected for the Hall of Fame only comes after an illustrious career, and, today, each of them joins the distinguished company of the finest men and women who have ever played the game of basketball," said UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. "They have once again made the entire Bruin family very proud, and we have already begun plans to retire each of their numbers in New Pauley Pavilion during the 2012-13 UCLA men's basketball season."
Each player will have his number proudly retired at a UCLA home men's basketball game during the upcoming season. More details will be announced by the UCLA Athletic Department as they become available.
The nine UCLA women and men who have already been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame are: John Wooden (the first person inducted as a player (1960) and coach (1973), Ann Meyers Drysdale (1993), Bill Walton (1993), Denny Crum (1994), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1995), Gail Goodrich (1996), Denise Curry (1997), Billie Moore (1999) and Larry Brown (2002).