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Watch Lefty Driesell’s Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement speech

The longtime Terps coach earned the sport’s highest honor Friday night.

NCAA Basketball: Final Four-Hall of Fame Press Conference Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Lefty Driesell waited a long time for this.

In a stellar 41-year college head coaching career, including 18 years at Maryland, Driesell amassed a 786-394 record. He’s 11th all-time in Division I wins and is the only coach to win 100 games at four different schools. Driesell is in the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame. He’s in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. But the honor of all basketball honors—a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame—evaded him for decades.

Driesell, 86, finally got the long-awaited call in March. He was enshrined Friday night, and brought his distinct charisma to the stage. Here’s the full speech:

And a couple of the highlights:

Scott Van Pelt, who grew up on Driesell’s Maryland teams, devoted his “One Big Thing” segment of Friday night’s SportsCenter to the coach.

Driesell joins a Hall of Fame class that includes Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and other legends of the game. Members of the 2018 class donned their Hall of Fame jackets for the first time Thursday.