Rollie Massimino named finalist for Basketball Hall of Fame

Chris Webber, Tracy McGrady among 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame finalists

A former No. 1 overall pick out of the University of Michigan, Webber finished his career with averages of 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game.

This year's list includes nine first-time finalists: 28-year NBA referee Hugh Evans, AP Female Athlete of the Year and ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo, NCAA national championship coach Rollie Massimino of Villanova, two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Sidney Moncrief. The Class of 2017 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, September 7-9, 2017. "To be named a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame is an incredible accomplishment". The school self-imposed harsh sanctions, including vacating wins and removing Final Four banners from the Fab Five era and a period of disassociation from involved players.

The 82-year-old Massimino is still coaching at NAIA school Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Two others with Philly-area ties were also finalists: Notre Dame women's coach Muffet McGraw, a St. Joseph's grad, and former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, a Chester native. "With the energy and everything he comes in with, it's inspiring".


One notable snub who failed to make even the group of finalists was Ben Wallace.

The inductees will be announced on April 3 and each candidate needs 18 of the 24 votes from the Honors Committee. McGrady and Webber made the cut with Warriors and Heat great Tim Hardaway and former Rockets player and coach Rudy Tomjanovich, who guided Houston to two championships.

"He bridged the gap between ownership and coaches", said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, who spoke about Goldberg on Saturday while wearing a bow tie - one of the signature wardrobe accessories that Goldberg donned for years.

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