In addition to Mutombo, players Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, Kevin Johnson, and Jo Jo White, coaches John Calipari, Bill Fitch, Robert Hughes and Bo Ryan and referee Dick Bavetta were named finalist for the Men’s Screening Committee. Coach Leta Andrews and player Lisa Leslie were named finalists for the Women’s Screening Committee.
There were also five direct elects named by the Hall of Fame as initial members of the Class of 2015. They were Louie Dampier voted in from the American Basketball Association Committee, John Isaacs from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Lindsay Gaze from the International Committee, Tom Heinsohn from the Veterans Committee and George Raveling from the Contributor Direct Election Committee.
The Class of 2015 will be announced on April 6 in Indianapolis prior to the NCAA Men’s Championship game. The enshrinement in Springfield, Mass. will be Sept. 10-11.