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Laettner, Winter head 2010 inductees to College Basketball Hall of Fame

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2010 was announced today at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City. The induction ceremony will be Nov. 21 at the Midland theater.

The eight inductees are:

Christian Laettner, player

Perhaps the greater player in modern NCAA Tournament history. Laettner’s Duke teams won the 1991 and 1992 NCAA championships, becoming the first to win successive titles since the UCLA dynasty.

He also is perhaps the most clutch player in postseason history with buzzer-beating shots to beat Connecticut in 1990 and Kentucky in 1992 in regional finals.

He was named national player of the year in 1992, was a member of the Olympic Dream team and played 12 seasons in the NBA.

Sidney Wicks, player

UCLA maintained its national championship dominance between the Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton eras is large part because of Wicks, whose Bruins teams won three titles.

Wicks was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four as a junior in 1970 when he averaged 18.6 points and 11.9 rebounds.

Wicks, a consensus All-America and Sporting News national player of the year, spent 10 seasons in the NBA and later served as a UCLA assistant coach.

Tex Winter, coach

One of the greatest coaching minds in the game’s history, Winter served as head coach at Marquette, Kansas State, Northwestern, Washington and Long Beach State.

At Kansas State, he twice took the Wildcats to the Final Four. Winter wrote the book, literally, on the triangle offense, and brought that concept to the NBA as an assistant to Phil Jackson in Chicago and Los Angeles, where the teams combined to win 10 NBA titles.

Davey Whitney, coach

He won 711 games in 35 years, mostly at Alcorn State, but the legend began as an athlete in the early 1950s when he won letters in basketball, football, track and baseball.

On the day he graduated in 1952, Whitney hopped on a plane and joined the Kansas City Monarchs. His Alcorn teams won 12 SWAC regular-season titles and seven conference tournaments and became the first historically black school to win games in the NIT and NCAA Tournament.

Jerry West, founding class member

West is the silhouette in the NBA logo. His college game at West Virginia also was worthy of freeze framing. West was a three-time All-America who led the Mountaineers to the 1959 NCAA title game. West Virginia lost to California, but West was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

He co-captained the 1960 Olympic team along with Oscar Robertson and went on to a legendary NBA career with the Lakers. He spent a long career in basketball administration and retired two years ago.

David Thompson, founding class member

He could take a quarter off the top of the backboard in leave change. That was the legend of the 6-4 Thompson’s leaping ability when he arrived at North Carolina State in 1971.

No word on whether that happened, but Thompson became one of the greatest players in college basketball history. He led the Wolfpack to the 1974 NCAA championship, upsetting mighty UCLA in a double-overtime classic in the semifinals. He was a role model for a youngster named Michael Jordan.

Thompson spent nine star-crossed years in the NBA and helps run a Christian Sports Ministry in North Carolina.

Wayne Duke, contributor

Duke helped the NCAA Tournament grow up. He was hired by Walter Byers as the NCAA’s first employee and helped organize the basketball tournament and College World Series before becoming commissioner of the Big Eight in 1963.

He later served as Big Ten commissioner.

Tom Jernstedt, contributor

Jernstedt’s 38-year career with the NCAA has included roles of chief operating officer, senior vice-president and executive vice-president. He is one of the driving forces behind the NCAA Tournament, shepherding the event through its bracket expansion, transition from arenas to domes and stadiums and television contract negotiations.

PREVIOUS CLASSES

2006: James Naismith*, Dean Smith*, Oscar Robertson*, Bill Russell*, John Wooden*

2007: Phog Allen*, Dick Barnett, Vic Bubas, Austin Carr, Lefty Driesell, Henry Iba*, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*, Guy Lewis, John McLendon*, Adolph Rupp*, Norm Stewart

2008: Charles Barkley*, Arnie Ferrin, Danny Manning, Billy Packer, Jim Phelan, Nolan Richardson, Dick Vitale

2009: Gene Bartow, Larry Bird*, Walter Byers, Travis Grant, Jud Heathcote, Magic Johnson*, Wayman Tisdale, Bill Wall

*Founding class members who also are enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

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