ATLANTA (AP) – Former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis is among seven people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Lewis led Houston to five Final Fours in his 30 years with the Cougars. His teams featured future Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler, Elvin Hayes and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Also in the 2013 class announced on Monday is Rick Pitino, who will coach Louisville in the NCAA championship game Monday night, former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley.
Last Wednesday, John Doleva, the president of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, called seven people to tell them they’d in the class of 2013.
The inductions will take place in Springfield, Mass. in September.
Inductees announced previously were Edwin E.B. Henderson, a direct elect by the Early African Pioneer Committee, longtime Indiana Pacers guard Roger Brown, Oscar Schmidt of Brazil, the leading scorer in Olympic history, Richie Guerin, a star for the New York Knicks in the 1950s, and Russ Granik, the longtime assistant commissioner of the NBA.