By C. Coward
FIBA announced that womenâ€™s basketball legends Cheryl Miller and Natalia Zassoulskaya will be inducted into the International Basketball Federation’s Hall of Fame next month in Turkey during the menâ€™s world championships.
â€œThe 2010 Class has stardom, character and countless merits for the promotion of our game,â€ said FIBA President Bob Elphinston.
â€œThe inductees were and still are brilliant on and off the court. We are very proud to host the 2010 ceremony in the presence of all these great women and men during the FIBA World Championship and give them the public platform they deserve.â€
Miller won 1984 Olympic gold with the U.S. team. She also won two NCAA championships at the University of Southern California .
Zassoulskaya, a three-time Olympian, won 1992 Olympic gold with the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The complete list of inductees:
Divac, Vlade (Serbia)
Kicanovic, Dragan (Serbia)
Meneghin, Dino (Italy)
Miller, Cheryl (USA)
Sabonis, Arvydas (Lithuania)
Schmidt, Oscar (Brazil)
Zassoulskaya, Natalia (Russia)
Gaze, Lindsay (Australia)
Gomelsky, Evgeny (Russia)
Novosel, Mirko (Croatia)
Bain, Jim (USA)
Dimou, Konstantinos (Greece)
Killian, George (USA)
Otto, Hans-Joachim (Germany)
Segura de Luna, Ernesto (Spain) (posthumously)
Seye Moreau, Abdoulaye (Senegal)
Ramsay, Al (Australia)*