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John Stockton named to college basketball Hall of Fame

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The Gonzaga great headlines the class with Tim Duncan and Jay Williams.

NCAA Basketball: Washington at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 12th induction class headlined by NCAA and NBA greats John Stockton and Tim Duncan. The two are joined by 2002 National Player of the Year winner and 2000-01 national champion Jay Williams from Duke University.

The eight-member class is rounded out by longtime Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, Creighton’s Paul Silas, Indiana’s Scott May, Purdue’s Rick Mount, and Winston-Salem State’s Cleo Hill. The induction ceremony will take place later this year.

Stockton was the West Coast Athletic Conference (WCAC) Player of the Year during his senior season in 1984. In the 1983-84 campaign, Stockton averaged an impressive 20.9ppg, 7.2apg, 3.9spg, 2.4rpg, and shot 57% from the field. Stockton had to be content with conference honors because some guy named Michael Jordan won the National Player of the Year award that season.

Stockton finished his career with 1,340 total points scored, and at the time he graduated he was Gonzaga’s all-time career assists leader with 554. He is still the program’s reigning all-time career steals leader with 262.

If all that wasn’t enough, Stockton even provided additional players to the Gonzaga basketball programs in the form of son David, who played from 2010-2014; and daughter Laura who is currently a starter on the women’s basketball team.

While I’m not quite sure what has taken so long for Stockton to be inducted into the college hoops hall of fame, it’s better late than never. Congrats, #12!