BY SHANON RYAN
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.
Nat Clifton to be honored
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.