Former K-State star Mitch Richmond is one of 12 finalists for induction this year into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
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The Hall released its list of finalists on Friday.
Richmond played at K-State during 1986-88 and led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight in the 1988 NCAA Tournament. His 1,327 points are the most by a K-State player in a two-year career.
Richmond, who played in the NBA during 1998-2002 for the Warriors, Kings, Wizards and Lakers, is one of six first-time finalists.
The other first-time finalists are Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway, Tom Heinsohn (as a coach), Dawn Staley and Sylvia Hatchell.
The six other finalists are Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Spencer Haywood, former college coaches Jerry Tarkanian and Guy Lewis and current Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
Richmond scored 20,497 points in the NBA (currently 40th on the all-time list) with a career average of 21.0 points per game.
This year’s class will be announced on April 8 and inducted Sept. 8.