BY JOSH ROBBINS
NEW YORK — Former Orlando Magic superstar Tracy McGrady will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Hall officials announced on April 1 that McGrady is a member of their class of 2017, along with University of Kansas coach Bill Self, former UConn All-American Rebecca Lobo, former Chicago Bulls executive Jerry Krause, former ABA and NBA star George McGinnis and others.
McGrady grew up in Polk County and attended Auburndale High School for three years before he transferred to a prep school in North Carolina.
“This is the elite,” McGrady said on an ESPN broadcast. “This is the ultimate. You’re talking about a guy that came from high school to the pros and (is) now in the Hall of Fame from Central Florida. I never imagined in my career that this moment would be happening so quick. I’m only 37 years old.”
4 Magic seasons
McGrady played four seasons with the Magic and won the NBA scoring title as a Magic player during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.
He averaged 28.1 points per game during his Magic tenure. He holds the franchise records for points in a game (62), points in a half (37) and points in a season (2,407).
McGrady played 15 NBA seasons and averaged 19.6 points per game.
He was at home when he received a phone call informing him about his election to the Hall of Fame.
“I got the call, and I couldn’t believe it,” McGrady said on ESPN.
“When he told me, I had him repeat it over again. I wanted him to say it slowly. Tears of joy just ran over me.”