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2008 INDUCTION CLASS

  • Arnie Ferrin

    Arnie Ferrin
    Arnie FerrinPlayer

    Inducted in 2008
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    The only four-time All-American in the history of the University of Utah basketball program, Ferrin won the most outstanding player award in the 1944 NCAA championship as a freshman. He went on to lead Utah to the 1947 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship. Ferrin played for the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA and Coach John Kundla for three season, winning titles in 1949 and 1950. He went on to become General Manager of the American Basketball Association (ABA) Utah Stars and also served as Athletics Director at Utah.

    Where They Were
    University of Utah 1944-1947



  • Billy Packer

    Billy Packer
    Billy PackerContributor

    Inducted in 2008
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    An outspoken advocate for college basketball, Packer covered 34 consecutive Final Fours. He was CBS? lead college basketball analyst for 28 seasons and won a Sports Emmy Award in 1993 for Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst. He has authored several books on college basketball and was an all conference guard at Wake Forrest, helping the Demon Deacons to two ACC titles, and the 1962 Final Four.

    Where They Were




  • Charles Barkley

    Charles Barkley
    FOUNDING MEMBER
    Charles BarkleyPlayer

    Inducted in 2006
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee2006
    BIO
    "Sir Charles" will be forever remembered as colorful, opinionated, and multi-talented. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game for the Auburn University Tigers and was named 1984 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. Barkley made an instant impact in 1984 by making the NBA All-Rookie Team with Philadelphia. His best season came in 1993 by winning the NBA MVP and a trip to the NBA Finals with the Phoenix Suns. Barkley's shorter stature was never a problem in the low post with an NBA career average 22.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game.
    Where They Are Now

    NBA Analyst, TNT Sports
    Where They Were
    Auburn University 1982-1984


  • Danny Manning

    Danny Manning
    Danny ManningPlayer

    Inducted in 2008
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    Danny Manning was one of the greatest players in the history of the storied University of Kansas basketball program. He is Kansas? all-time leader in scoring with 2,951 points and rebounding with 1,187. Manning was the consensus college player of the year in 1988, two-time consensus All-American, and three-time Big Eight player of the year. He led the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA championship in Kansas City and was named as the most outstanding player. The number one pick in the 1988 NBA draft, Manning played for seven different professional teams. He was a two-time NBA all-star and won the league?s Sixth Man award in 1998.

    Where They Were
    University of Kansas 1985-1988



  • Dick Vitale

    Dick Vitale
    Dick VitaleContributor

    Inducted in 2008
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee2008
    BIO

    An enthusiastic and passionate ambassador for college basketball, Vitale joined ESPN as an analyst soon after the network launched in 1979. His energetic style complete with colorful catchphrases has propelled college basketball to the popularity it enjoys today. The former coach of the University of Detroit-Mercy and Detroit Pistons is very active on the Board of Directors of the V Foundation, which raises money for cancer research.



    Where They Were




     
  • Jim Phelan

    Jim Phelan
    Jim PhelanCoach

    Inducted in 2008
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    Known as the Iron Man of college basketball coaching, he became one of the game?s all-time winners with 830 wins over the course of 49 seasons. The man with the bow tie coached in 1,354 games all with Mt. St. Mary?s College. Phelan was twice named National Coach of the Year and led his team to the NCAA College Division Championship (Division II) in 1962. After moving to Division I, his teams earned NCAA Tournament berths in 1995 and 1999, as well as the National Invitation Tournament in 1996.

    Where They Were
    Mount St. Mary's 1954-2003


  • Nolan Richardson

    Nolan Richardson
    Nolan RichardsonCoach

    Inducted in 2008
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    Richardson is the only coach to win a national junior college title, a postseason NIT Championship, and the NCAA Championship. The former UTEP standout under Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins guided the University of Arkansas Razorbacks to three Final Fours, and the 1994 NCAA Championship. He has also coached the Panamanian and Mexican national teams in international competition.

    Where They Were
    University of Arkansas 1985-2002
    University of Tulsa 1981-1985
    West Texas Junior College 1978-1981