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Hamilton a candidate for Basketball Hall of Fame

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Florida State men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton has been named to the list of eligible candidates for induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

At FSU, Hamilton took over a program that was in disarray and gradually built it into one of the ACC’s best. Under his direction the Seminoles have won 20 games in five straight seasons, won the 2012 ACC Tournament title and the 2019-20 ACC regular season title.

He has 365 career wins at FSU since arriving as coach for the 2002-03 season. Hamilton also spent 10 seasons as the coach at Miami and four seasons as the coach at Oklahoma State.

Among the names also under consideration include first-time nominees Doug Collins, Michael Cooper, Howard Garfinkel, Lou Henson, Paul Pierce, Val Ackerman, Yolanda Griffith and Lauren Jackson. Returning to the ballot are fan-favorite nominees Chauncey Billups, Chris Bosh, Richard Hamilton, Bob Huggins, Ben Wallace, Chris Webber, Jay Wright, Swin Cash and Becky Hammon among others. The full list of those under consideration can be found here.

The Class of 2021 Enshrinement ceremony is scheduled to take place in Springfield, Mass., in Sept. 2021. As previously announced, the Class of 2020 Enshrinement ceremony has been rescheduled and relocated due to COVID-19 and is scheduled for May 13-15 at Mohegan Sun.

Tickets for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 and 2021 Enshrinement ceremonies and various events surrounding the ceremonies will be on sale at a later date.