Rick Pitino and Gary Payton headline Basketball hall of fame elects


Rick Pitino will lead coach Louisville in the NCAA championship game on Monday night, on Monday morning he was among seven elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Pitino will be joined by former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis, former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley.

The inductions will take place in Springfield, Mass. in September.

These seven join the previously announced Edwin E.B. Henderson, Roger Brown, Oscar Schmidt, Richie Guerin, and Russ Granik.