The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the 12 finalists from the North American and Women’s committees to be considered for election in 2013.
Rebecca Lobo, who was on the intitial list on candidates, is not included among those still in consideration.
The list includes six first-time finalists: five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell, two-time NBA Championship coach Tom Heinsohn, nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton, five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley and six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond.
Previous finalists included again for consideration: NBA All-Star Maurice Cheeks, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, four-time NBA All-Star Bernard King, five-time NCAA Final Four coach Guy Lewis, six-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino and four-time NCAA Final Four coach Jerry Tarkanian.
The Class of 2013 will be unveiled at the NCAA Final Four in April.