During the Final Four weekend in New Orleans, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins was formally invited to the 2022 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
“This is something that you cherish. It’s kind of like the kid on Christmas. It’s something that I can’t put my head around,” Huggins told Rece Davis and Jay Bilas on ESPN2. “It’s a lot of work. It’s doing things the right way. It’s being a father figure. It’s way bigger than basketball.”
— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) April 2, 2022
Huggins will join Swin Cash, Larry Costello, Hugh Evans, Manu Ginobili, Tim Hardaway, Del Harris, Lou Hudson, George Karl, Radivoje Korac, Theresa Shank-Grentz, Marianne Stanley and Lindsay Whalen in Springfield, Ma. on Sept. 9-10.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the news on Thursday night.
Huggins has won 916 career games spanning five coaching tenures at Walsh College, Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State, and West Virginia. Huggins returned to his alma mater in 2007, taking the Mountaineers to their second Final Four in school history in 2010. He is the second in all-time coaching wins at WVU, with 326 wins.
Huggins, along with all-time players, coaches and officials from the NBA, NCAA and international play, have been voted on to determine the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2022; the 68-year-old made it to the final stages for the class of 2021 before being left off the list. In February, Huggins was named a finalist once again.
Now, it’s time to call Huggins a Hall of Famer.