Hugh Evans, NC A&T Legend Goes to Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Courtesy of North Carolina A&T Athletics

EAST GREENSBORO – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will accept another A&T Aggie from North Carolina at its sacred doors.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recently announced the 13 inductees of the Class of 2022 to be celebrated September 9-10 during this year’s dedication festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Hugh Evans, a longtime NBA referee, will enter the Hall along with two-time NBA All-Star and four-time NBA champion. Manu Ginóbili, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardawaytwo-time NCAA National Coach of the Year Bob Hugginsand the sixth most winning coach of all time in the NBA Jorge Karl.

On the women’s side, the Hall will host a five-time WNBA All-Star, three-time WNBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Lindsay Whalenfour-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Swin Cash and NCAA National Champion and WNBA Coach of the Year Marianne Stanley.

Evans, who was inducted into the North Carolina A&T Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, played men’s basketball for the Aggies from 1969 to 1972 under legendary head coach Cal Irvin. He scored 585 points in 72 games. The Aggies went 63-22 (.741) during Evans’ time at AggieLand.

After graduating from A&T, Hugh Evans served as an NBA official for 28 consecutive years (1973-2001), recording over 1,900 regular season games, 170 playoff games, 35 NBA Finals games, and four NBA All-Star games. Games.

After his career as an on-court referee, Evans worked as an Assistant Supervisor for NBA Officials (2001-03). He received the Each One Teach Community Service award. Evans is also a member of the New York Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hugh Evans will join colleague Aggie Al Attles at Naismith Hall. Attles played for A&T from 1956-60.

Attles played with the Philadelphia/Golden State Warriors (1960-71) before becoming one of the first African-American head coaches in NBA history. In 1975, he became the second African-American coach in NBA history to win an NBA title.

Attles and Al Holland (baseball) are the only two student-athletes in A&T history to have their jersey numbers retired.

THE NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2022

HUGH EVANS [Referee] – Evans served as an NBA official for 28 consecutive years (1973-2001), recording over 1,900 regular season games, 170 playoff games, 35 NBA Finals games, and four NBA All-Star games. After his career as an on-court referee, Evans worked as an Assistant Supervisor for NBA Officials (2001-03). He received the Each One Teach One Community Service Award and is enshrined in the New York Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the North Carolina Hall of Fame.

MANU GINOBILI [Player] – Ginobili is a two-time NBA All-Star (2005, 2011) and a four-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014). Over his 16-year NBA career, all with the Spurs, the Argentinian point guard had 14,043 points, 4,001 assists, 3,697 rebounds and 1,392 steals and was honored with the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2008, in addition to of being twice named to the All-NBA Third Team (2008, 2011). On the international stage, Ginobili helped deliver the country’s first and only basketball history gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, as well as bronze at the 2008 Games. He joins Bill Bradley as the only two players to win a league title. Euroleague (2001), an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal.

TIM HARDAWAY [Player] – A 2000 Olympic gold medalist, Hardaway played 13 NBA seasons, scoring a total of 15,373 points, averaging over 20 points per game for four consecutive seasons. He received the 1990 Jack McMahon Award for Most Inspirational Player and an All-NBA First Team Selection in 1997. He currently ranks 18th in NBA history with 7,095 career assists. The Chicago native was a member of the University of Texas at El Paso men’s basketball team (1985-1989) and is known for making his signature move – the “Two-step UTEP” – famous in 1989, the same year he was named WAC Player of the Year.

BOB HUGGINS [Coach] – Huggins has been coaching in the college ranks for 45 years, including the last 15 as head coach at West Virginia University. Over the course of his career, Huggins has led his teams to 25 NCAA Tournament spots, including nine appearances in the Sweet Sixteen (1992, 1993, 1996, 200, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2017, 2018), four trips to the Elite Eight ( 1992, 1993, 1996, 2010) and two NCAA Final Four appearances (1992, 2010). In 16 years as head coach at the University of Cincinnati (1989-2005), Huggins led the Bearcats to eight Conference USA regular season championships (1996-2002, 2004), four Conference USA Tournament championships (1996, 1998, 2002, 2004). ), was a three-time US Conference Coach of the Year (1998-2000) and was honored as the US Conference Coach of the Decade in 2005. At the national level, he was considered the best sports news National Coach of the Year in 2000 and the ESPN. with National Coach of the Year in 2002.

GEORGE KARL [Coach] – Karl spent 27 seasons as head coach in the NBA, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers (1984-1986), Golden State Warriors (1986-88), Seattle Supersonics (1992-1998), Milwaukee Bucks (1998-2003), Denver Nuggets (2005) -2013) and Sacramento Kings (2015-2016). During his career, he guided five different franchises to a total of 22 playoff appearances, led the Supersonics to the NBA Finals (1996), was named NBA Coach of the Year (2013), and was named an All-Star Coach. game four times (1994, 1996, 1998, 2010). Karl holds a lifetime coaching record of 1.175-824 (.588), ranking sixth all-time in NBA career wins and has posted 12 50+ win seasons and three 60+ seasons.

Hugh Evans, NC A&T Legend Goes to Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame







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