The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 11 finalists for the class of 2022 Friday evening (video link). They are as follows:
- Leta Andrews, the all-time winningest high school coach, male or female
- Swin Cash, a three-time WNBA Champion, four-time All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (Cash is currently the vice president of basketball operations and team development for the Pelicans)
- Michael Cooper, a five-time NBA Champion and eight-time All-Defensive team member, who was Defensive Player of the Year in 1987
- Hugh Evans, a former NBA referee who officiated over 2,200 games, including 35 in the NBA Finals
- Manu Ginobili, a four-time NBA Champion, two-time All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist
- Tim Hardaway, a five-time NBA All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist
- Bob Huggins, a longtime NCAA coach with more than 900 career wins, whose teams have made 25 NCAA tournament appearances
- Marques Johnson, a five-time NBA All-Star and NCAA Champion
- George Karl, the 2013 Coach of the Year who’s sixth all time in wins for NBA head coaches
- Marianne Stanley, the 2002 WNBA Coach of the year who led Old Dominion to the NCAA National Championship in 1985
- Lindsay Whalen, a four-time WNBA Champion, five-time All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist
The selections will be announced on April 2, at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in New Orleans, per a league press release.
The Hall of Fame also announced that the ’22 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award went to Reggie Minton, who coached Air Force Academy from 1984-2020.
Finally, the three recipients for the ’22 Curt Gowdy Media Award were Dick Ebersol (Transformative), the former president of NBC Sports who created the NBA on NBC; Mechelle Voepel of ESPN (Print), a longtime women’s basketball writer; and Walt Frazier (Electronic), the longtime color commentator for the Knicks, who’s already in the Hall of Fame as a player.