Tom Izzo inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame
HOUSTON — Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Izzo was inducted along with Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal, Sheryl Swoopes, Yao Ming and Jerry Reinsdorf. The announcement was made ahead of Monday night’s NCAA Tournament championship game between Villanova and North Carolina.
The MSU coach won a national title in 2000 and has taken his team to the Final Four seven times.
Iverson was an 11-time NBA All-Star who was named rookie of the year in 1996-97. The top overall pick in the 1992 draft, O’Neal was a 15-time All-Star who was the NBA MVP in 2000 and a three-time NBA Finals MVP.
Swoopes helped Texas Tech to a national title, won four titles with the Houston Comets, was a three-time WNBA MVP and won three Olympic gold medals.
Yao was the top overall pick in 2002 and was an eight-time NBA All-Star playing his entire career for the Houston Rockets. Reinsdorf has been the owner of the Chicago Bulls and White Sox for more than two decades.
The Associated Press contributed to this report