New York Liberty director of player and franchise development Teresa Weatherspoon will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced by the organization on Saturday.
Weatherspoon will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the group’s enshrinement weekend on September 5-7, 2019 in Springfield, Mass.
She is joined in the class by Bill Fitch, Bobby Jones, Sidney Moncrief, Jack Sikma and Paul Westphal.
A Liberty legend and Ring of Honor member, Weatherspoon joined the New York Liberty in the WNBA’s inaugural season in 1997 after being selected 10th overall in the WNBA Elite Draft. A four-time All-Star, she helped lead New York to four WNBA Finals appearances (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002).
Named one of the Top-20 best and most influential players in WNBA history in 2016, she was also the first player in the league to post 1,000 points and 1,000 assists for her career. Weatherspoon is a five-time WNBA All-Star (1999-2003) and two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (1997, 1998).
Internationally, Weatherspoon is a six-time Italian League All-Star (1989-1994), two-time Russian League champion (1995,1996) and an Olympic gold medalist (1988).
Weatherspoon played collegiately for Louisiana Tech University (1984-1988) where she was named to the Kodak All-America Team twice (1987, 1988). In 1988, she led the team to an NCAA Championship and was named the recipient of the Wade Trophy. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
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