Legendary former Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams has been elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Williams confirmed the development in a brief telephone conversation Tuesday, calling the honor “very gratifying.”
Williams is part of an eight-member class of 2014 that will be enshrined on Nov. 23 in Kansas City, Mo., the same weekend the Terrapins participate in the linked 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, an ideal situation for the program and its fans.
Williams, who retired from coaching in 2011 after 461 wins at Maryland and a national title in 2002, has also been nominated for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. That induction class will be announced during the Final Four in early April.
Williams will join fellow Maryland greats Lefty Driesell (class of 2007) and Tom McMillen (class of 2013) in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, which was founded in 2006.
The other seven inductees:
Zelmo Beaty, Prairie View A&M
Dale Brown (coach), LSU
Howard Garfinkel (contributor), Five-Star Basketball
Darrell Griffith, Louisville
Grant Hill, Duke
Shaquille O’Neal, LSU
Glenn Wilkes, Sr. (contributor), Stetson