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Bob Huggins Finalist for Class of 2022 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame



Fifth year transfer, Pauly Paulicap, 1, talks with Coach Bob Huggins Oct. 29 at the WVU Coliseum. (WVSN photo by Kelsie LeRose)

West Virginia’s own Bob Huggins is still in the running to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The committee just announced the list of finalists for the class of 2022 and Huggins cracks the list.

Huggins has won 914 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 324 wins.

Huggins, along with all-time players, coaches and officials from the NBA, NCAA and international play, will be voted on throughout the next few months 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.

WV Sports Now talked with ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, back in November, about the possibility of Huggins getting into the Hall of Fame.

“He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever watched. It’s a no brainer,” Bilas said. “He will ultimately get into the Hall of Fame. I’m certain of that.”

Bilas mentioned that he thinks it comes down to numbers, as in how many people enter each class. The ESPN analyst doesn’t know what the exact reason is but he knows Huggins will get in one day. Could 2022 be the year for Huggins?

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