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Wednesday / February 19.
  • Jay Wright, Bob Huggins eligible for Naismith Hall of Fame

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    Villanova coach Jay Wright and West Virginia coach Bob Huggins are among those on the ballot for the   Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

    With 779 career wins, Huggins ranks 10th all-time among Division 1 men’s basketball coaches, and fourth among active coaches, according to Sports-Reference.com. He has been to two Final Fours (1992, 2010).

    Wright has 552 career wins and is one of only three active coaches with more than one NCAA championship. He led Villanova to NCAA titles in 2016 and 2018.

    “They told me that, I didn’t know they announced it,” Wright said after Villanova beat UConn on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. “This is the first time I’m hearing that, so I really don’t know what to say. I’ll be honest with  you. I don’t know what to say about that.”

    Six active coaches are in the Hall of Fame: Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Kansas’ Bill Self and North Carolina’s Roy Williams.

    A press conference announcing the Finalists from the North American and Women’s committee for the Class of 2019 will be held during NBA All-Star Weekend, which is scheduled for Friday, February 15th in Charlotte, North Carolina. The entire Class of 2019, including those selected by the direct elect committees, will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Enshrinement festivities will take place in Springfield, Mass., September 5-7, 2019.

    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Ballot

    * Indicates First-Time Nominee

     

    North American Committee Nominations

    Rick Adelman (COA)*

    Mark Aguirre (PLA)

    Chauncey Billups (PLA)

    Rick Byrd (COA)*

    Muggsy Bogues (PLA)

    Irv Brown (REF)

    Jim Burch (REF)

    Marcus Camby (PLA)*

    Mark Eaton (PLA)*

    Dale Ellis (PLA)*

    Hugh Evans (REF)

    Steve Fisher (COA)

    Bill Fitch (COA)

    Cotton Fitzsimmons (COA)

    Richard Hamilton (PLA)

    Tim Hardaway (PLA)

    Ed Hightower (REF)

    Bob Huggins (COA)

    Kevin Johnson (PLA)

    Marques Johnson (PLA)

    Bobby Jones (PLA)

    Jerry “Tiger” Jones (COA)

    George Karl (COA)*

    Gene Keady (COA)

    Ken Kern (COA)

    Rollie Massimino (COA)

    Danny Miles (COA)

    Sidney Moncrief (PLA)

    Dick Motta (COA)

    Jake O’Donnell (REF)

    Jim Phelan (COA)

    Lamont Robinson (PLA)

    Lee Rose (COA)

    Bo Ryan (COA)

    Bob Saulsbury (COA)

    Jack Sikma (PLA)

    Harry Statham (COA)

    Eddie Sutton (COA)

    Rudy Tomjanovich (COA)

    Ben Wallace (PLA)

    Chris Webber (PLA)

    Willie West (COA)

    Paul Westphal (PLA)

    Jay Wright (COA)

     

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.