On Thursday, the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame released the names that will be under consideration to make the final ballot for enshrinement in 2018 and there were multiple UConn connections on the list in Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton and Dee Rowe.
Allen spent three seasons in Storrs (1993-96) and led the Huskies to three Big East regular season titles followed by three NCAA Tournament appearances, making it to the second weekend all three times.
He scored 19.0 points per game in a UConn uniform and is fifth in program history in points (1,922).
However, Allen is known for his 3-point stroke. He leads the program in 3-point percentage (44.8 percent) and leads the NBA in 3-pointers made in both the regular season and playoffs.
He is a career 40-percent shooter from behind the arc and was part of both the 2008 and 2013 NBA Champion Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, respectively. He spent 18 years in the NBA.
Hamilton was a member of the Huskies from 1996-99 and was the 1999 Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, leading UConn to their first national championship.
Hamilton played 14 seasons in the NBA and was part of the Detroit Pistons teams of the mid-2000s that dominated the Eastern Conference, making six straight conference finals from 2003-08 that included the 2004 NBA Chmpionship run in which Hamitlon was the team’s leading scorer.
He averaged 17.1 points per game in the NBA after being made the No. 7 overall pick in 1999 by the Washington Wizards and also played for the Chicago Bulls.
Rowe was listed in the Contributor category. He was given the John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award, which is the highest non-enshrinement honor that the Hall of Fame gives.
The Hall of Fame will announce the final ballot during NBA All-Star weekend (Feb. 16-18) and the full class will be revealed at the Final Four (April 2), with enshrinement coming in September.