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Bo Ryan a finalist for Naismith Hall of Fame

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Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was named a finalist for election in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. The announcement came Saturday at NBA All-Star Weekend. Ryan is one of 12 nominees for the Class of 2015.

"I'm extremely humbled and honored just to be mentioned with the other names on the nominee list," Ryan said. "The Hall of Fame holds so many revered legends of basketball and many of the individuals who originally sparked my love for the game. I never had intentions or even thoughts of being on Hall of Fame lists, but it's quite an honor and I'm grateful to all of the players and coaches who have helped along the way."

This year's list includes six players, five coaches, and longtime referee Dick Bavetta. The Class of 2015 will be announced on Monday, April 6, at a press conference in Indianapolis prior to the NCAA Men's national championship game. Ryan needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee to be elected.

Ryan has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (2002, '03, '13) since he began coaching at the University of Wisconsin in 2001. He has led the Badgers to three Big Ten regular season championships (2002, '03, '08), two Big Ten tournament championships (2004, '08) and most recently the NCAA Final Four in 2014.

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