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Mourning, Richardson, Williams make Hall of Fame

Photo courtesy of Mark Lambie/El Paso Times

By: SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer
DALLAS (AP) Alonzo Mourning and NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams have been voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Richardson, an El Paso native who began his career at Bowie High School in 1968, was chosen 20 years after he coached Arkansas to a national championship. Williams won a title with Maryland in 2002.

Richardson played basketball at Texas Western College, now known as the University of Texas at El Paso. He played his junior and senior year under future Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Don Haskins.

Former NBA star Mitch Richmond also was part of the class that was announced Monday. They will be inducted at a ceremony Aug. 8 in Springfield, Mass., along with members who were already announced, including retired NBA Commissioner David Stern.

Richardson's Razorbacks beat Duke for the 1994 title and made two other trips to the Final Four. Williams and the Terrapins beat Indiana for the title 12 years ago.

Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis was among several candidates already selected by various committees.

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