Michigan’s Chris Webber Nominated For Hoops Hall of Fame
Chris Webber, one of Michigan's fabled Fab Five, is a finalist for the 2021 class of the James Naismith basketball Hall of Fame.
Webber played his high school ball in suburban Detroit at Country Day School in Birmingham, leading the Yellow Jackets to three consecutive Class B state titles from 1988-1991. He was the National High School Player of the Year in 1991, and was the most recruited player from a Michigan school since Magic Johnson.
Webber signed on with the University of Michigan and was among one of the most prized recruiting classes ever at both the school and in the nation. Webber, along with Detroit's Jalen Rose, Chicago's Juwan Howard, and two recruits from Texas, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson, became known as the "Fab Five" as much for their swagger as their abilities.
The team went to back-to-back NCAA championship games, losing to Duke in 1992 and North Carolina in 1993. The Carolina game produced the famed "phantom time out" when Webber called for a time out in the waning seconds, with Michigan holding the ball for a last shot to win, only to find out they had no time outs left.
He went on to become a five-time All-Star in his 17 NBA seasons, most of them spent with the Washington Wizards and the Sacramento Kings. He averaged over 20 points a game in the pros.
Webber is currently a YV analyst for the NBA Network.
Other finalists for this year's honors include Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Michael Cooper, and Ben Wallace.
Wallace also has a Michigan connection, having been on the 2004 NBA Champion Detroit Pistons team.
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