HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Associated Press reported.
Calhoun was one of 16 finalists for this year's class, which will be officially announced Monday during the national title game. The induction ceremonies are the weekend of Sept.8-10 in Springfield, Mass.
Hall of Fame spokesman Dean O'Keefe declined comment, saying only that all finalists were told of their status Thursday.
A UConn spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Calhoun, 62, just completed his 19th season at UConn, where he has won two national titles (1999, 2004).
He coached at Northeastern for 14 years before coming to UConn and has a career record of 703-210. He picked up his 700th win March2, becoming one of seven active Division I coaches with 700.
The other 15 finalists are Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Joe Dumars and Dominique Wilkins, Hubie Brown, Bernard King, Maurice Cheeks, Adrian Dantley, Dennis Johnson, Chet Walker, women's coaches Van Chancellor and Sue Gunter, Italian coach Sandro Gamba, Brazilian player Hortencia Marcari, player John Issacs, and John Kerr.
Induction requires 18 of 24 votes from the Hall of Fame's Honors Committee.
TULANE: Dave Dickerson, who spent the past nine seasons as an assistant at Maryland, was named coach. He replaces Shawn Finney, who was fired after going 60-86 in five seasons.
SIENA: UNC-Greensboro coach Fran McCaffery was hired as coach. McCaffery led the Spartans to a 90-87 record in six seasons, including 18-12 this past season.
PLAYER DEATH: Eastern Connecticut guard Antwoine Key, who died after collapsing on the court during a game in January, had a heart condition, an autopsy determined. He had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart.