Ralph Sampson is a Hall of Famer.
The 7-foot-4 former Virginia star was the first of a dozen inductees to speak at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall. Next up on the schedule was the late Don Barksdale, who broke the color barrier on the U.S. Olympic team. He was represented by his son, Derek.
The All-American Redheads, who were known as the female Harlem Globetrotters, also were honored.
Then came Jamaal Wilkes.
Later Friday, Reggie Miller, Don Nelson and Nike co-founder Phil Knight were due for induction.
The class of 2012 also included two-time ABA MVP Mel Daniels; Chet Walker; two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain; former Soviet women's coach Lidia Alexeeva; and longtime NCAA referee Hank Nichols.
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