It’s an honor reserved for the sport’s most paramount performers, and after a somewhat puzzling postponement, University of Tennessee legend Bernard King has finally assumed his rightful place among the game’s royalty.
It was announced Monday in Atlanta that King – a basketball titan and arguably the most dominant player in the storied history of the Southeastern Conference – is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013. This is the sixth year that he has been nominated for the Hall.
The official enshrinement takes place Sunday, Sept. 8 in Springfield, Mass. Tickets to the 2013 Enshrinement and Induction Celebration are available by calling the Hall of Fame at 413-231-5540.
Joining King in the Hall's Class of 2013 as selected by the North American Screening Committee are player Gary Payton and coaches Guy Lewis, Rick Pitino and Jerry Tarkanian. From the Women's Screening Committee: player Dawn Staley and coach Sylvia Hatchell.
Finalists need 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
On Feb. 15, the Hall announced five “Direct Elects” who are the initial members of the Class of 2013. They included Roger Brown, voted in from the American Basketball Association (ABA) Committee, Edwin B. Henderson from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Oscar Schmidt from the International Committee, Richard Guerin from the Veterans Committee and Russ Granik from the Contributor Direct Election Committee.
King currently resides in Duluth, Ga.