A pair of University of Michigan basketball legends are part of the state’s Sports Hall of Fame class of 2022.
Chris Webbera standout player for the Wolverines, and John Beileinwinningest basketball coach in school history, were announced as part of the class Thursday night (June 16).
The others who will be inducted on September 10 in Detroit are Antonio Gates (an All-Pro tight end with the San Diego Chargers and a Detroit native), Meryl Davis and Charlie White (Michiganders and Olympic medalists in ice dancing), Jennie Ritter (a native of Dexter and star pitcher for the Michigan national championship team in 2005), mickey redmond (for his work on Detroit Red Wings telecasts), and Kathy Beauregard (Western Michigan Athletic Director from 1997-2001).
Chauncey Billups (2004 NBA Finals MVP with the Detroit Pistons) and Shane Battier (the Duke star and former NBA player who was Michigan’s “Mr. Basketball” at Detroit Country Day School), members of the Class of 2020, are also inducted because they were unable to be inducted during the their class ceremony last year. (There was no official class of 2021.)
The class was voted on by a task force, a statewide committee, and the public. The Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors selected Beauregard, the inductee in the “contributor” category.
“We thank the nearly 4,000 Michigan sports fans who went online to vote and be part of this year’s election process,” Hall of Fame President Jordan Field said in a statement. “This class includes all-time greats who are also fan favorites.”
Webber was the 1991 National High School Basketball Player of the Year, along with “Mr. Basketball” in the state, for his play at Detroit Country Day. He was part of Michigan’s “Fab Five” recruiting class, leading the Wolverines to two national championship games in his two college seasons. He played 15 seasons in the NBA and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year.
Beilein came to Michigan in 2007 and spent 12 seasons in Ann Arbor, posting a 278-150 record. He guided the Wolverines to national championship appearances in 2013 and 2018, two Big Ten regular season titles and two league tournament titles. Michigan has reached at least the Sweet 16 in five of its past seven seasons.
The induction ceremony will take place at the Sound Board Theater at the MotorCity Casino Hotel. Tickets, available at mshof.org, start at $25.
The Hall is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization with no physical museum. Numerous plaques honoring the inductees are displayed at Michigan sports venues.