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Alonzo Mourning Leads 2014 NBA Hall Of Fame Class

Former Georgetown and Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning leads a star-studded cast as inductees into the NBA Hall of Fame. Mourning, Mitch Richmond, and coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this August at the induction ceremony in Springfield, Mass.

Mourning was a consensus first-team All-American at Georgetown in 1992 and was the second overall pick in that year’s NBA draft, going to the Charlotte Hornets. After three years in Charlotte, Mourning spent all but two of the next thirteen seasons in Miami.

He was a seven-time All-Star and twice was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. He retired from the game in 2009 after averaging 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game.

Mourning is joined by Richmond, one of the NBA’s more prolific scorers of the 1990s. He was the fifth overall pick in the 1988 draft and played most of his career on a very mediocre Sacramento Kings squad. He enjoyed his best season in 1996-97 when he averaged 25.9 points a game. He played a secondary role on the 2001-02 Lakers and finally won an NBA title in his final season in the league.

Richardson gained his fame as the head coach at Arkansas in the 1990s leading the Razorbacks to the 1994 national title. Between 1990 and 1995, Richardson’s teams made it to the Final Four three times. He is the only coach in history to win a junior college national championship (at Western Texas College in 1980), an NIT championship, and an NCAA title. He finished his career with 509 career victories.

Taking over at Maryland in 1989, Williams had to rebuild a program that was still struggling with the death of star Len Bias and the troubles associated with the tenure of coach Bob Wade. Williams led the Terrapins to consecutive Final Fours in 2001 and 2002. The ’02 squad defeated Indiana to win the national title. Williams retired in 2011 with 668 wins in his career.

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Rick Bouch is a former college and professional football player and former sports journalist for several publications. He currently is a freelance sports writer covering national sports news.