Former Dunbar point guard Muggsy Bogues, the shortest player in NBA history at 5 feet 3, and former Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan are among the first-time candidates announced Tuesday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The first-year slate also includes shooting guard Tracy McGrady, center Ben Wallace, referee Jake O'Donnell, coach Bob Saulsbury, coach Bill Self and coach Harry Statham. Among non-first-year players on the ballot are forwards Chris Webber and Mark Aguirre and guards Tim Hardaway, Maurice Cheeks, Kevin Johnson and Sidney Moncrief.
Bogues, 51, who still owns a house in Ellicott City, played at Wake Forest and spent the majority of his 13-season NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets. He also played for the Washington Bullets, Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors, and coached the WNBA's Charlotte Sting.
Phelan, 87, coached the Mount men from 1953 to 2003, compiling a record of 830-524 and winning the 1962 NCAA championship.
A news conference announcing the finalists from the North American and women’s committee for the class of 2017 will be held at NBA All-Star Weekend, which is scheduled for Feb. 18 in New Orleans. The entire class of 2017, including those selected by the direct-elect committees, will be unveiled April 3 at the NCAA men's Final Four in Phoenix.
Enshrinement festivities will take place Sept. 7-9 in Springfield, Mass.