Basketball Hall of Fame 2015: Full List of Direct Inductees

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2015

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced five individuals who will be directly inducted as part of its 2015 class.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle passed along the complete list:

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

Hall of Fame direct elects: John Isaacs of NY Rens, Tommy Heisohn (as coach), Louis Dampier, Lindsay Gaze, George Raveling (contributor).

Tommy Heinsohn was already inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986 as a player. Nearly three decades later he will receive the honor again, this time for his coaching work. He led the Boston Celtics to a pair of NBA championships in the 1970s.

Jim Brighters of The Sports Network notes he becomes the fourth person to enter the Hall twice:

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Tom Heinsohn elected from Veteran's committee as a coach. 4th double honoree.

John Isaacs was one of the most well-known members of the New York Renaissance. The team, which gave African American players a chance to compete professionally starting in the 1920s, was elected into the Hall of Fame as a group in 1963.

Louie Dampier starred at Kentucky in college before playing for the Kentucky Colonels for the entire duration of the ABA before joining the San Antonio Spurs. He was named an ABA All-Star seven times in nine years.

Lindsay Gaze is an Australian basketball legend. He played for the country's Olympic basketball team three times before taking the reigns of it as head coach. He was also a prominent coach in the National Basketball League.

George Raveling is being inducted as a contributor. He was a college head coach with Washington State, Iowa and USC. The Hall of Fame previously honored him with the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

They will join the elected group of inductees on Sept. 11 for the enshrinement ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts.


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