MIES (Switzerland) – The FIBA Hall of Fame Class of 2023 has been confirmed, with ten players and two coaches being recognized for their incredible contributions to basketball. The prestigious ceremony to honor the inductees will take place in Manila, Philippines, ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. The event is scheduled on August 23 after the conclusion of the FIBA Congress.

Among the inductees are some of the most celebrated names in the sport, including Yao Ming, Wlamir Marques, and Penny Taylor. These legendary players have made a lasting impact on basketball through their phenomenal skills and impressive achievements.

Yao Ming, the former Chinese basketball star, stands out for his remarkable performance during the 2006 FIBA Basketball World Cup, where he finished as the top scorer. He became the first international player to be selected number one overall in the NBA draft and went on to become an eight-time NBA All-Star. On the other hand, Wlamir Marques considered one of Brazil’s best ballers ever, inspired his country to FIBA Basketball World Cup titles in 1959 and 1963, as well as two silver medals in 1954 and 1970.

Meanwhile, Penny Taylor takes center stage for the female entrants. Her offensive talent and clutch ability led Australia to its first-ever global gold in 2006, and she was crowned MVP. She boasts of an impressive career that includes two silver Olympic medals and two bronze World Cup medals.

In addition to these outstanding players, other inductees include Carlos Loyzaga from the Philippines, who is considered the best player the country has ever produced and had led the Philippines to the bronze medal in the 1954 World Cup and four gold medals at the Asian Games. Indonesian scoring machine Liem Tjien Siong/Sonny Hendrawan, and Yuko Oga from Japan, an extremely talented female guard who led Japan to seven international medals between 2001 and 2013, will also be honored.

The other inductees include Angelo Monteiro dos Santos Victoriano from Angola, Zurab Sakandelidze from Georgia, Katrina McClain from the USA, and Amaya Valdemoro from Spain. The two coaches being enshrined are Valerie Garnier of France and Alessandro Gamba of Italy.

With the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 set to take place just two days after the induction ceremony, these legends should be celebrated in the Philippines, where basketball is more than just a sport; it is a way of life. The event is a celebration of sportsmanship and a recognition of the outstanding performance of these athletes and coaches. It is a reminder that hard work, dedication, and perseverance can lead to greatness, both on and off the court. The induction of these remarkable individuals into the FIBA Hall of Fame also serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes worldwide to pursue their dreams and aim for the stars.

These icons have contributed immensely to basketball and have made their mark in the sport’s history. The inductees are from different parts of the world, with varied playing styles and backgrounds, but they all share one thing in common – their love for the game. Their achievements on the court have inspired generations of young athletes to strive for excellence and achieve the impossible.