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Saturday / December 4.
  • Jay Wright, Bob Huggins aren’t in the Naismith Hall of Fame. It’s about time, isn’t it?

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    MINNEAPOLIS — Villanova coach Jay Wright and West Virginia coach Bob Huggins are not in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019, which was announced Saturday here at the Final Four.

    In fact, although both coaches were eligible this year, neither was a finalist for this year’s class.

    Next year, not only should they be finalists, they should make the Class of 2020.

    “Could they be finalists next year? Absolutely,” Paul Lambert, Vice President of the Hall of Fame, told ZAGSBLOG. “I assume they would be nominated again, I hope, and it would be a joy to have them be a part of our world. They’re great coaches.”

    You can say that again, Paul.

    With 859 career wins, Huggins ranks fourth all-time among Division 1 men’s coaches behind only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and North Carolina’s Roy Williams. He has been to two Final Fours (1992, 2010).

    Wright has 570 career wins and is one of only three active coaches with more than one NCAA championship. Coach K has five rings, and Williams has three. GQ Jay led Villanova to NCAA titles in 2016 and 2018.

    Wright has more NCAA titles than Boeheim, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, and Kansas’ Bill Self yet all four of them are in the Hall, along with Coach K and Williams

    “Everything seems to take its own rhythm, I’ve watched this enough,” Lambert said of Wright’s status. “You hope that all the right people get in over time.”

    So maybe next year?

    “I hope,” he said. “It would be a joy, wouldn’t it?”

    Yes it would.

    Huggins and Wright should have been in yesterday.

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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.