Prior to the men's college basketball national championship game in Indianapolis on Monday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame revealed its 2015 inductees.
Adam Wexler of KPRC-TV in Houston provided a list of the six individuals the hall will enshrine:
The direct-elects Wexler noted, previously announced in February, are Louie Dampier, Lindsay Gaze, Tom Heinsohn, John Isaacs and George Raveling.
Conversely, NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper revealed those who missed out on the Hall of Fame this time around:
There is no doubt that the 2015 class is big on star power with longtime NBA center Dikembe Mutombo leading the way. The Georgetown product made a huge impact as a pro, especially on the defensive end, according to NBA History on Twitter:
He is joined by a host of other deserving inductees, including NBA referee Dick Bavetta, University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, Boston Celtics great Jo Jo White and Spencer Haywood, who played for five NBA teams in his career.
Calipari's election comes at an interesting time, as his Wildcats just suffered their first loss of the season to Wisconsin in the Final Four on Saturday. Despite that disappointment, the induction means a lot to Calipari, per KSR's Tyler Thompson:
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame tends to have strong classes since it can pick and choose from so many different areas, and the 2015 class is no exception. The induction ceremony is set for Sept. 11 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
There will inevitably be debates about who should or should not have made it in, but it is tough to argue against the notion that the six inductees are more than deserving.
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