Mas­simino, ex-Wiz­ard Web­ber are among Hall of Fame fi­nal­ists

The Washington Post Sunday - - PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL - NBA ALL-STAR WEEK­END NOTES FROM NEWS SER­VICES AND STAFF RE­PORTS

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.

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