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Gary Williams elected to College Basketball Hall of Fame

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Gary Williams elected to College Basketball Hall of Fame

Posted on 25 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Gary Williams Elected to NCBA Hall of Fame

KANSAS CITY – Former Maryland men’s basketball head coach Gary Williams has been elected for enshrinement to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction Class of 2014 as announced Tuesday.

Williams and the Class of 2014 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball.

The enshrinement events will have extra meaning for Terrapins fans, as the Maryland men’s basketball team is scheduled to participate in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City Nov. 24 and 25. Iowa State, Alabama and Arizona State will also be competing in the tournament.

Tickets to the hall of fame ceremony will go on sale beginning in September. For more information, follow @CBHOF on Twitter or visit www.collegebasketballhalloffame.com.

As head coach of the Terrapins  from 1990-2011, Williams led the team to 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1994-2004), a National Championship in 2002, an ACC Tournament championship in 2004 and was enshrined into the University of Maryland Sports Hall of Fame and University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame.

Williams was also named Coach of the Year from Basketball America, Playboy, CBSsportsline.com, District and the ACC during his career.  He compiled an overall coaching record of 668-380 (.637) and led his teams to seven 25-win seasons and 22 appearances in postseason play.

Joining Williams in the Class of 2014 are All-Americans and NCAA champions Grant Hill of Duke and Darrell Griffith of Louisville, along with two-time national player of the year and All-American Shaquille O’Neal of LSU. Former NAIA star Zelmo Beaty of Prairie View A&M, NCAA Final Four coach Dale Brown, and contributors Howard Garfinkel and Glenn Wilkes, Sr.  also join the class.

The Hall of Fame is located in the College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world-class entertainment facility adjacent to Sprint Center in Kansas City. The CBE Hall of Fame Classic will take place November 24-25 at Sprint Center. Tickets for the Classic are available now and can be purchased through www.axs.com, www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, by phone at 1-888-929-7849 or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.

Williams is also a finalist for induction to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Inductees will be announced in Dallas next weekend as part of Final Four festivities.

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