May 27 - The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) have announced the 12 icons of the sport that will be inducted into their Hall of Fame, including legendary Australian player and Sydney 2000 flagbearer Andrew Gaze (pictured), and the late former Canada coach John "Jack" Donohue.
Six former players, three coaches, two technical officials and a contributor are due to be inducted to the Hall of Fame and will be honoured at FIBA's House of Basketball headquarters just outside Geneva on June 19.
The six players to be inducted are Jean-Jacques Conceiçao, who led Angola to seven FIBA Africa Championship titles; Olympic silver medallist Paula Gonçalves of Brazil; Serbian Olympic, world and European champion Zoran Slavnic; American pair David Robinson and Teresa Edwards; along with seven-time Australasia NBL Most Valuable Player Gaze.
Decorated American coach Pat Summitt will also be inducted, along with the late Cesare Rubini, who led Italy to Olympic silver in 1980, and American-born former Canada coach Donohue.
The other inductees are technical officials Costas Rigas of Greece and Valentin Lazarov of Macedonia, who officiated in 20 major finals, and contributor Aldo Vitale.
"The 2013 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame is truly a special one," said FIBA secretary general and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann.
"These are great personalities who have experienced great success on and off the court, but who also stand out for the character they have shown and for the countless efforts they have made to help promote our sport.
"We look forward to welcoming them to the House of Basketball where they will be honoured."
The enshrinement ceremony for the 2013 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame will be held in the Naismith Arena, an exhibition and event area on the ground floor of the House of Basketball.
All 12 inductees will be profiled on the FIBA website over the coming weeks.
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