TUCSON, Ariz. - Ray Allen and Richard Hamilton, two of the best players in UConn basketball history, are poised to join the game’s greats. Both on the list of nominees for consideration as inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame, which is located in Springfield, announced its annual nominee lists Thursday. A total of 45 players, coaches and referees were among those nominated from North America.
Former UConn coach Dee Rowe was nominated for the second year in a row in the “contributor” category.
Allen scored 1,922 points at UConn, the fifth-highest total in school history.
The Huskies were 87-12 in Allen’s three seasons at UConn, a tenure that included two Big East regular season titles and three trips to the NCAA Tournaments.
Following his college career Allen was the No. 5 pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. During an 18-year career in in the NBA with four different teams Allen was a 10-time all-star, scored 24,505 points, and won two NBA championships. He has made more 3-pointers than anyone else in NBA history.
Hamilton, known as “Rip,” helped claim the 1999 national championship for UConn and the 2004 NBA title for the Detroit Pistons.
In three seasons at UConn he helped the Huskies win two Big East regular season crowns and two Big East tournament titles. He is No. 2 on UConn’s all-time scoring list with 2,036 points.
Hamilton was the No. 7 pick in the 1999 NBA Draft and scored 15,708 points in his 11 seasons.
Those who move on from being simply nominated to make the final ballot for the 2018 Hall of Fame induction class will be announced during the NBA’s All-Star weekend Feb. 16-18. The class will be revealed April 2 during the Final Four.
UConn forward Kwintin Williams spent his formative years in Anchorage, Alaska, and Oklahoma City. Still, Thursday’s game was something of a homecoming for the 6-foot-7 sophomore. Williams spent the 2015-16 season at Pima Community College, whose Tucson campus is only a few miles from the McKale Center.
Although one might think the numbers would be much further apart, UConn has only one more player on its roster from the state of Connecticut than Arizona does.
The Wildcats have Tyler Trillo, a Southbury native who went to Terryville High.
Trillo, who walked on after transferring to Arizona from Roger Williams in Rhode Island, played eight games last season and in one so far this season.
Trillo scored 1,380 career points at Terryville.
He has scored three so far for Arizona.