Former Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian among Hall finalists

Fresno State basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian receives a hug from Mustafa Al-Sayyad as he walks off the court for the final time Wednesday, March 13, 2002, in Fresno. Fresno State lost to Temple 81-75 in what would be Tarkanian’s final game. (GARY KAZANJIAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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.”

Selma announces 2013 Hall of Fame class

Joey Xavier, playing for Fresno State, scurries back to first base on a pickoff attempt by San Diego State in this undated Bee file photo. The former Selma High star played for the Bulldogs from 1982-85.

Lloyd Allen (baseball), Joey Xavier (baseball/football), Anthony Mosely (football/track and field), Gary Quintana (wrestling) and Selma High’s undefeated 1964 football team will be inducted into the Selma Athletic Hall of Fame on April 4.

Allen went on to play professional baseball for the California Angels, while Xavier, Mosley and Quintana all starred at Fresno State. The 1964 football team, coached by Bob Patterson, outscored opponents 278-82.

The induction banquet will be held at Selma’s Spike N Rail restaurant.

Details: (559) 891-2237.