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Zelmo Beaty Elected to College Hoops HOF

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP/KMOX) — Shaquille O’Neal, Grant Hill and Darrell Griffith headline the 2014 College Basketball Hall of Fame class.

But, a late center from Prairie View A&M is the one with name recognition in St. Louis.

Zelmo Beaty, who died of cancer at age 73 in 2013, played for the NBA’s St. Louis Hawks in the 1960′s.

The Hawks selected the 6’9 NAIA national champion with the 3rd overall pick in the 1962 NBA draft.

Beaty made the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1963 & the league’s All-Star team in 1966 and 1968.

About the others:

Shaquille O’Neal averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds during his three-year college career at LSU, and was a first-team All-American his final two seasons. Grant Hill led Duke to two national championships, and Darrell Griffith helped Louisville win the title his senior season.

They will be joined at the induction ceremony in November by Final Four coaches Dale Brown of LSU and Gary Williams of Maryland; longtime coach and author Glenn Wilkes Sr.; and Howard Garfinkle, the founder of the Five-Star Basketball Camp.

Hall of Fame selection committee chair Reggie Minton said this year’s class “has a unique identity … and we look forward to celebrating them in November.”

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