MINNEAPOLIS — NBA stars Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief and Jack Sikma are the headliners of the Basketball Hall of Fame 2019 class.
The honorees were announced Saturday in Minneapolis before the Final Four.
Also selected were NBA coach Bill Fitch, WNBA great Teresa Weatherspoon, NBA players Al Attles, Carl Braun, Chuck Cooper, Bobby Jones and Paul Westphal, the Tennessee A&I men’s teams from 1957-59 — the first collegiate team to win back-to-back-to-back championships — and the Wayland Baptist University women’s team — which won 131 consecutive games from 1953-58 and 10 Amateur Athletic Union national championships overall.
Fitch, from Davenport, Iowa, was a Creighton men’s basketball assistant and served as CU’s baseball coach from 1956-58. Fitch coached Omaha native Bob Gibson in both sports.
A baseball hall of famer, Gibson played for the Harlem Globetrotters and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 after a standout career with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The class will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Sept. 6.