HOUSTON – Former University of Houston basketball coach Guy V. Lewis has been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, according to a family member.
The official announcement will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta as part of Championship Monday of the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
"It's hard to strike the right tone over not being bitter over how long it's taken and still appreciating and being grateful that the time has finally come," said former Cougars player Reid Gettys. "It's certainly long overdue, not only for his impact on the game but for his impact to society."
The announcement will be broadcast live on NBA TV with Jim Nantz of CBS Sports announcing the Class of 2013.
The 12 finalists for this year’s class of the Basketball Hall of Fame were announced Feb. 15 in downtown Houston, as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend.
When it was announced that Lewis was a finalist, Hall of Famer and life-long Cougar, Clyde Drexler, jumped out of his seat on the Hilton Americas stage.
Former Cougar player Otis Birdsong said, “Do you know U.H. hasn’t won an NCAA tournament game since Guy V. was here?”
Lewis won 592 games, and his teams had nine final four appearances and two NCAA Championship berths. He was the first coach in the South to recruit black players. Elvin Hayes and Don Chaney broke the color barrier for the Cougars.
"I know he is cognicent of it, I know he is appreciative of it and I talked to Vern, his son, earlier today and he said they got the call this afternoon and the family is ecstatic," said Gettys.
Lewis was also the man behind the “Game of the Century” versus UCLA in the Astrodome. That was the first regular season game ever televised nationally.