HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Former Houston Cougars coach Guy Lewis has been chosen as a finalist for for election into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Lewis was named one of 12 finalists for enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday morning as the announcement of the finalists came upon the heels of All-Star Weekend in Houston.

With Friday’s news, Lewis’ name, along with the other finalists, will now be submitted to the Honors Committee; there, he must receive 18 of 24 votes to be inducted.

The names of the latest inductees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be announced April 8 during the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta.

Lewis was nominated by the North American committee in early January. As a finalist, the former coach and co-captain of Houston’s first two teams, received a minimum of seven of nine votes from that group to advance in the enshrinement process.

With an impressive athletic career, Lewis remains the only person in Houston Athletics history to be inducted into the Hall of Honor as both a student-athlete as well as a coach.

He went on to serve as an assistant for his coach Alden Pasche beginning in 1953 before assuming the head coach position in 1956.

Known for his pivotal integration of college basketball in the South, he also recruited and welcomed legends Elvin Hayes and Don Chaney to Houston Basketball as the first African-American student-athletes in program history.


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