After being passed over several times, Don Nelson finally got the call.

The former Rock Island High School basketball player got word Wednesday that he had been selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

“It’s a great honor to cap my career,” Nelson told ESPN. “I’ve had a great time and a great life coaching basketball. I don’t actually need to be rewarded for anything, but I am very proud and my family is very proud of this award.”

Nelson, who is 71 years old, averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds a game at Iowa, was part of five world championship teams while scoring 10,898 points in the NBA and is the winningest pro basketball coach with 1,335 victories.

Nelson was one of 12 finalists for the 2012 class, along with former Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller and Louisville coach Rick Pitino. The official announcement is to be made Monday at the Final Four in New Orleans.


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