Virginia great Ralph Sampson and former Tar Heel James Worthy are among the eight members of the Class of 2011 of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Also in the class announced Monday are coaches Eddie Sutton and Bobby Knight, players Cazzie Russell and Chris Mullin and contributors Joe Vancisin and Eddie Einhorn.
Induction will take place at the Hall of Fame on Nov. 20 as part of a three-day celebration that includes the CBE Classic at Sprint Center featuring Missouri, California, Georgia and Notre Dame.
|Worthy with Dean Smith|
Sampson, a four-time All-America at Virginia, is one of three men to be national player of the year three times (1981-83). He joined Cincinnati’s Oscar Robertson and UCLA’s Bill Walton as three-time winners. The 7-foot-4 Sampson led Virginia to a 112-23 record, including an appearance in the 1981 Final Four. He was the sixth player in NCAA history to score more than 2,000 points (2,228) and have more than 1,500 rebounds (1,511).
Worthy is one of seven North Carolina players to have his jersey number retired. He led the Tar Heels to the national championship game in 1981 as a sophomore and to the title the next season when he was a unanimous All-America selection. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2003.