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Gary Williams Finalist for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Longtime Maryland Terrapins coach Gary Williams is a finalist to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which honors major contributors to the game of basketball worldwide, the Hall announced on Friday.

The ten candidates eligible for the 2014 class, which will be announced in April, are Kevin Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Nolan Richardson, Eddie Sutton, Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, Harley Redin, Mitch Richmond and Williams.

“We are proud to present a distinguished group of finalists for the Class of 2014 who have made huge strides in the game of basketball,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Each finalist has made a difference to the game in their own way.  It’s not going to be easy for the Honors Committee to select the final class members.”

Williams’ head coaching career spanned 33 years (1978-2011) with American University, Boston College, Ohio State and University of Maryland, ending with a 668-380 record (.637), and included a National Championship with Maryland in 2002 — the Terps’ only national title in basketball.

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