April 1, 2017
STORRS, Conn. -- Former University of Connecticut women’s basketball star Rebecca Lobo will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as announced by the organization on Saturday.
Lobo will be indcuted into the Hall of Fame at the group's enshirnement weekend on September 7-9, 2017. She becomes the third member of the UConn family to earn membership in the Hall of Fame joning current head women's coach Geno Auriemma and former men's coach Jim Calhoun.
Lobo is joined in the class by seven-time NBA all-star Tracy McGrady, Kansas men's head coach Bill Self, Notre Dame women's head caoch Muffet McGraw, Texas high school coach Robert Hughes, former Chicago Bulls executive Jerry Krause, two-time ABA champion George McGinnis, five-time Greek league MVP Nikos Galis, Harlem Globetrotter members Zack Clayton and Mannie Jackson and former NCAA Vice President Tom Jernstedt.
Lobo, a native of Southwick, Mass., was a member of UConn’s first national championship during the undefeated 1994-95 season. That same year, she earned NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, AP Female Athlete of the Year, the Wade Trophy, the Naismith Award, WBCA National Player of the Year and USBWA National Player of the Year.
In 1994 and 1995, she was named Kodak First Team All-America, BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year, and GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year en route to earning the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship following her senior season.
Lobo earned an Olympic gold medal in Atlanta in 1996 and was an iconic player assigned to the New York Liberty when the WNBA formed in 1997.
After six years in the WNBA, Lobo became an ESPN analyst for women’s college basketball and the WNBA.
This year's Hall of Fame weekend with have a distinct UConn flair as Husky legend and former head men's basketball coach Dee Rowe was chosen by the Hall of Fame to receive the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award back in January. The award is the highest and most prestigious award presented by the Hall of Fame outside of Enshrinement. Named in honor of Hall of Famer John W. Bunn, the first chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame Committee who served from 1949-64, the award honors coaches, players and contributors whose outstanding accomplishments have impacted the high school, college, professional or international game.