23rd August, 2010
A total of 17 outstanding basketball personalities from 12 different countries will be inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame on 12th September during the 2010 FIBA World Championship finals in Istanbul, Turkey, FIBA announced last weekend.
National icons, Oscar Schmidt from Brazil, Arvydas Sabonis from Lithuania, Dino Meneghin from Italy, lade Divac and Dragan Kicanovic from Serbia are among the inductees for the 2010 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame. Two of the best female players of all time, Cheryl Miller from the USA and Natalia Zassoulskaya from Russia, complete the list of players.
A combined 14 Olympic medals and 15 FIBA World Championship medals underline the prominence of the seven players and three coaches inducted. The selected referees and contributors were at the top of the game for decades and belong to the most decorated in their field.Â â€œThe 2010 Class has stardom, character and countless merits for the promotion of our game, The inductees were and still are brilliant on and off the court. We are very proud to host the 2010 ceremony in the presence of all these great women and men during the FIBA World Championship and give them the public platform they deserve.â€ stated
FIBA, President Bob Elphinston. Al Ramsay was selected for the 2009 Class, but will officially be enshrined in 2010.