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John Calipari to present Eddie Sutton as 2020 Hall of Fame Inductee at Enshrinement Ceremony

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that John Calipari will present Eddie Sutton as a Class of 2020 inductee.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that , along with fellow Hall of Famers Bill Self and Sidney Moncrief, will present as a Class of 2020 inductee at the Enshrinement Ceremony to be held Saturday, May 15 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 were asked to select previous inductees to accompany and present them to their peers. The choice is solely the decision of the incoming Hall of Famers, or their family members if recognized posthumously.

The Class of 2020 inductees are longtime FIBA executive Patrick Baumann, 18-time NBA All-Star and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings,15-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan, 15-time NBA All-Star and nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection Kevin Garnett, three-time NCAA National Championship Coach of Baylor Kim Mulkey, five-time Division II National Coach of the Year Barbara Stevens, four-time collegiate National Coach of the Year Eddie Sutton, and two-time NBA Champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich.

The 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees and Presenters:

Patrick Baumann, presented by Russ Granik ('13), Vlade Divac ('19)

Kobe Bryant, presented by Michael Jordan ('09)

Tamika Catchings, presented by Alonzo Mourning ('14), Dawn Staley ('13)

Tim Duncan, presented by David Robinson ('09)

Kevin Garnett, presented by Isiah Thomas ('00)

Kim Mulkey, presented by Michael Jordan ('09)

Barbara Stevens, presented by Geno Auriemma ('06), Muffet McGraw ('17)

Eddie Sutton, presented by John Calipari ('15), Bill Self ('17), Sidney Moncrief ('19)

Rudy Tomjanovich, presented by Calvin Murphy ('93), Hakeem Olajuwon ('08)

For more information on Enshrinement Tickets, please call the Basketball Hall of Fame's Ticket Office at (413) 231-5513 or visit www.hoophall.com. Tickets are available for multiple events throughout the weekend at varying price points. Each ticket price includes a tax-deductible donation to benefit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

As the health and safety of Hall of Famers, fans and staff is of the utmost importance, the Basketball Hall of Fame is working with the Mohegan Tribal Health Department to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and provide appropriate health and safety measures. For a listing of mandatory event health and safety protocols, visit www.hoophall.com/Enshrinement/Tickets.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game's elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall #20HoopClass or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.

On This Day In UK Basketball History

On March 2, 1970, Dan Issel scored 42 points against Auburn.

 

On March 2, 1991, before a crowd of 24,310, the then-largest crowd in Rupp arena history, the Wildcats closed out the 1990-91 season with a 22-6 overall record. Although UK was ineligible for the SEC title because of probation, the Wildcats secured the best record in the league (14-4) with a 114-93 win over Auburn to end its two-year probation. A ceremony and parade followed.

 

On March 2, 1996, with a 101-63 victory over Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena on Senior Day, UK became the first team in 40 years to finish with a perfect record in the SEC, a 16-0 sweep. It was the Wildcats’ 25th win in a row, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Two games later, they set the new record at 27 games.

 

On March 2, 2012, Darius Miller, in his final performance at Rupp Arena, led Kentucky in scoring with 17 points on Senior Night in a 30-point win over Georgia.

 

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