Former Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian is one of 12 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The 2013 Hall of Fame class will be announced April 8 prior to the NCAA Tournament men’s national championship game in Atlanta.
A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies will take place Sept. 8 in Springfield, Mass.
The other finalists are: Gary Payton, Rick Pitino, Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Tom Heinsohn, Sylvia Hatchell, Dawn Staley, Maurice Cheeks, Spencer Haywood, Bernard King and Guy Lewis.
Here is what the Hall said about Tarkanian, whose Fresno State teams went 104-79 from 1995-2002:
“Known as one of the most passionate coaches in the game of basketball, Tarkanian recorded 990 wins during his career with an 81% winning percentage that included leading the University of Nevada-Las Vegas to four NCAA Final Four appearances (1977, 1987, 1990 and 1991) and the 1990 NCAA Championship. During his career, he led three different schools to NCAA Tournament appearances (UNLV, Fresno State and Long Beach State), including 21 post season appearances, 14 NCAA tournaments, 13 Sweet Sixteen appearances, seven Elite Eights, 17 conference championships and four 30-plus win seasons. Tarkanian is a four-time National Coach of the Year (1977 Kodak; 1983 UPI; 1984, 1990 Basketball Times). At the junior college level, he still owns the highest winning percentage of all-time at .891. He has coached 44 future NBA prospects including 12 First Round draft picks. Off the court, he was the recipient of the Roy Campanella Humanitarian Award and the Dream a Dream Foundation Inspiration Award – the only basketball coach to receive the award.”