April 05, 2011
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that 10
individuals have been named as the Class of 2011 to be honored
August 11-13 during this year's Enshrinement Ceremonies, presented
by NIKE. The inductees include former St. John's great, NBA star
and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin; five-time NBA champion
Dennis Rodman; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore and four-time NCAA
women's coach of the year Tara VanDerveer; in addition to four-time
Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards; European standout Arvydas
Sabonis; all-time NCAA wins leader Herb Magee; eight-time NBA
champion Tom "Satch" Sanders; coaching legend Tex Winter; and
former Harlem Globetrotter Reece "Goose" Tatum, who will be honored
posthumously. The announcement was made at a news conference in
Houston, the site of the 2011 NCAA Final Four.
"We are pleased to welcome these 10 electees who will join the
greatest in the game and take their rightful place in Springfield
as a Hall of Famer," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
"The Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2011 is a true global
representation of the game of basketball," said Jerry Colangelo,
Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board.
"These distinguished players and coaches have made an impact at all
levels worldwide and they have motivated, taught and inspired
future generations to succeed both on and off the court."
Mullin starred at St. John's from 1981-85 and directed the
Redmen to some of the greatest seasons in program history. A
three-time BIG EAST Player of the Year (1983-85), Mullin averaged
19.8 points as a senior while leading St. John's to the 1985 Final
Four and its first No. 1 ranking since 1951. In 1985, he received
the John R. Wooden Award as the nation's top player and was named
the Player of the Year by both United Press International and the
U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Mullin, a two-time
All-American, also garnered consensus first-team All-America honors
as a senior.
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