Basketball Hall of Fame finalists named

Feb. 16, 2007 at 5:41 PM

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale was among 15 finalists named for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2007 was unveiled Friday in Las Vegas, Nev., site of this weekend's NBA All-Star Game.

Also named were former Chicago Bulls and current Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, former St. John's and NBA star Chris Mullin, former players Adrian Dantley and Richie Guerin; coaches Roy Williams, Eddie Sutton and Bob Hurley Sr.; owner Bill Davidson and the 1966 Texas Western NCAA championship team, which was college basketball's first national champion with five black starters.

Referee Mendy Rudolph, Yugoslavian coach Mirko Novosel, Spanish coach Pedro Ferrandiz, and former U.S. women's basketball coaches Van Chancellor and Harley Redin also received nominations.

Eighteen votes are required to enter the hall.

The inductees will be announced April 2 at the Final Four in Atlanta for the ceremonies in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 7.

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