Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson Among 2016 Hall of Fame Finalists

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal was chosen Friday (Feb. 12) as a finalist for the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Call, joining Allen Iverson, among others.

In addition to Shaq and A.I., the list of finalists to be voted on also include Yao Ming, former guard Kevin Johnson,┬ácollege coaches Tom Izzo, Bo Ryan, Lefty Driesell, Eddie Sutton and Muffet McGraw; women’s superstar Sheryl Swoopes, longtime referee Darrel Garretson, high school coaches Leta Andrews and Robert Hughes, 10-time AAU national champion Wayland Baptist University, and John McClendon, the first African-American coach in a professional league, also were chosen as finalists by the North American or Women’s Committees.

Shaq and Iverson are considered locks for induction this year, following dominating careers at their respective positions.

The 2016 class will be unveiled on April 4 in Houston, before the NCAA championship game … with the enshrinement ceremonies set for Sept. 9.

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