Massimino, ex-Wizard Webber are among Hall of Fame finalists
Chris Webber and Rollie Massimino are one step from the Hall of Fame.
The career 20-point-per-game NBA scorer and the coach who led Villanova to an upset of Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA championship game were among the 14 finalists unveiled Saturday in New Orleans for this year’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction class.
Webber played 15 seasons with five franchises — including the Washington Bullets/Wizards from 1994 to 1998 — plus was part of Michigan’s famed “Fab Five” group that headlined college basketball in the early 1990s.
Webber averaged 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds in his career and was a five-time NBA all-star, including in 1997 with the Bullets.
Other first-time Hall of Fame finalists include longtime NBA referee Hugh Evans, Connecticut women’s star Rebecca Lobo, twotime NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, five-time all-star Sidney Moncrief, Baylor women’s Coach Kim Mulkey, Kansas Coach Bill Self and two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich.
Previous finalists returning to the ballot include point guard Tim Hardaway, winningest all-time boys’ high school coach Robert Hughes, Notre Dame women’s Coach Muffet McGraw, ex-Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and 10-time AAU women’s national champion team Wayland Baptist University.
Inductees will be announced April 3 at the Final Four.