North Arlington, Tx (WUSA9)--Former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The official announcement will be made Monday, however, the inductees were honored during Saturday's Final Four games.
Williams walked the sidelines for 33 seasons at four different schools:American University, Boston College, Ohio State, and Maryland. Williams came to College Park in the wake of the death of Len Bias and NCAA imposed sanctions on the basketball program.
Williams' blue collar, gritty style appealed to fans, as did the success of the product on the court. While at Maryland, Williams' teams went to the NCAA tournament 11 straight times, including the 2002 season in which they won the national title.
Overall Williams won 668 games.
Former Georgetown Hoyas star Alonzo Mourning was also elected. Mourning was a prep phenom out of Chesapeake, Virginia before arriving in Washington, D.C. Mourning flourished under John Thompson, Jr. earning Big East Conference Player of the Year, and consensus All-American honors in 1992.
Mourning went on to a distinguished NBA career, playing for four teams and being named to the All-Star team seven times. He was also NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice.