SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Illinois State University basketball legend Doug Collins and the late University of Illinois men's basketball coach Lou Henson are among first time nominees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Collins was an All-American at ISU and played for the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team. He was the No. 1 pick in the 1973 NBA Draft, selected by the Philadelphia 76ers. He's a broadcaster and former Chicago Bulls head coach.
Henson guided the Illini to the 1989 NCAA Final Four, having previously led New Mexico State University to the Final Four in 1970. Henson died in July. He was 88.
Also making their debut on the list of candidates are Paul Pierce, Michael Cooper, Howard Garfinkel, Val Ackerman, Yolanda Griffith, and Lauren Jackson. Finalists are scheduled to be announced at NBA All-Star Weekend and those elected would be unveiled at the NCAA Final Four.
The Class of 2021 Enshrinement ceremony is scheduled to take place in Springfield next September. The Class of 2020 ceremony, headlined by Lakers star Kobe Bryant, was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been rescheduled for May.