Shaq, Grant Hill get the call for the college basketball hall of fame

03/25/2014 11:02 PM

03/25/2014 11:02 PM

Shaquille O’Neal, Grant Hill and Darrell Griffith are among the inductees for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Eight former players, coaches and contributors will be honored on Nov. 23 in Kansas City.

O’Neal was college basketball’s player of the year in 1992 at LSU and went on to a 19-year NBA career that included four NBA championships.

Hill and Griffith helped their teams win national championships — Hill at Duke in 1991 and 1992 and Griffith at Louisville in 1980, when he was chosen national player of the year.

Also honored will be the late Zelmo Beaty, who averaged 25 points and 20 rebounds in his career for Prairie View A&M and led the Panthers to the 1962 NAIA championship.

Three coaches will be enshrined. Gary Williams led Maryland to its first Final Four in 2001 and won the program’s first national championship in 2002. His 33-year career included stops at American, Boston College and Ohio State before his 22-year stint at Maryland, where he recorded 461 of his 668 career victories.

Dale Brown, O’Neal’s coach at LSU, won 448 games in 25 years and took the Tigers to Final Fours in 1981 and 1986. He was considered one of the game’s greatest motivators.

Glenn Wilkes won 551 games in 36 years at Stetson in Deland, Fla., and guided the program while it was classified NAIA, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division I. He sponsored the first coaching clinic in the South and wrote several books on basketball.

Selected as a contributor is Howard Garfinkel, who founded the Five-Star Basketball Camp in 1966 and ran it through 2008. The camp was the original springboard for many high school prospects into the college ranks, and it attracted some of the game’s best coaches as clinicians through the years.

The induction ceremony will take place at the Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland.

The CBE Classic tournament will begin the next day with Iowa State, Maryland, Arizona State and Alabama in the field.

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