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Gary Williams elected to National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

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The Hall of Fame was formed in 2006, and focuses specifically on college basketball.

Maryland legend Gary Williams will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, Comcast SportsNet's Daniel Martin is first reporting. The former Terrapin head coach (and player) is a part of an impressive eight-member class of enshrinees:

  • Zelmo Beaty, Texas A&M
  • Dale Brown, LSU
  • Howard Garfinkel, Five-star basketball camp
  • Darrell Griffith, Louisville
  • Grant Hill, Duke
  • Shaquille O'Neal, LSU
  • Glenn Wilkes, Sr., Stetson

Brown is the only other coach receiving enshrinement this season. The induction ceremony will take place November 23 in Kansas City, but Martin reports Williams will be on Comcast SportsNet Tuesday at 6 p.m. to discuss the honor.

As Alex Prewitt points out, the Kansas City induction works out pretty well for Maryland fans.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is a different organization than the more well-known Naismith Hall of Fame -- it was founded in 2006 and inducted Lefty Driesell in 2007.

Williams rebuilt Maryland's program after a disastrous turn under Bob Wade, leaving a pretty comfortable job at Ohio State to return to his alma mater. He finished his Terrapin career with 461 wins at the school, winning two ACC Coach of the Year awards, three regular season conference championships and one NCAA Tournament title.