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Richard Hamilton Headlines 2022 CBB HOF Class; Roy Williams, Jim Calhoun Honored

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJune 29, 2022

Ezra Shaw

Former UConn star Richard Hamilton headlines the 2022 class for the College Basketball Hall of Fame that was announced Wednesday:

National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame @CBHOF

Nine icons that shaped our game's history.<br><br>Announcing the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2022! <a href="https://t.co/cOSXA349A5">pic.twitter.com/cOSXA349A5</a>

Former head coaches Jim Calhoun and Roy Williams were both part of the founding class at the Hall of Fame's creation in 2006, but they will be formally honored at the 2022 ceremony. Almost 200 people were named in the first class, although they have spread the honors across the years a few at a time.

In addition to Hamilton, former players Larry Miller, Frank Selvy and Jimmy Walker were added to the 2022 class.

Coaches John Beilein, Jerry Krause and Lon Kruger are also part of the seven-member new class.

Williams and Calhoun were easy calls for the inaugural class, each winning three NCAA titles during their careers. Williams went to nine Final Fours while coaching blue bloods Kansas and North Carolina, while Calhoun built UConn into a powerhouse over his more than two decades with the school.

Hamilton was one of Calhoun's best players at UConn, leading the Huskies to their first championship in 1999.

The guard, known as Rip during his NBA career, also had one of the most memorable buzzer-beaters in March Madness history:

The remaining players in the 2022 class competed at the college level over 50 years ago.

Walker was a two-time All-American at Providence before becoming the No. 1 pick in the 1967 NBA draft with the Detroit Pistons. Miller led North Carolina to the Final Four in 1967 and 1968 under Dean Smith, averaging 21.8 points per game in his three-year career.

Selvy starred at Furman and averaged 41.7 points per game in 1953-54, scoring 100 points in a single game that season. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1954 NBA draft.

There are also some impressive resumes among the coaches inducted.

Kruger reached two Final Fours and led five different teams to the NCAA tournament, a feat otherwise only accomplished by Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith. He most recently coached Oklahoma before retiring in 2021.

Beilein went to the NCAA tournament with four different teams, but is best known for his time with West Virginia and Michigan. He reached two Final Fours with the Wolverines while winning two Big Ten tournament titles.

Krause spent 17 years as the head coach at Eastern Washington, leading the program from NAIA to Division II and eventually Division I. He also spent time on the staff at Gonzaga after leaving Eastern Washington.

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