After 8-year wait, former Michigan star Chris Webber selected to Basketball Hall of Fame

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Chris Webber’s wait for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is over.

The former Michigan and Detroit Country Day star was announced as a member of the 2021 class on Sunday. The class, which also includes former Detroit Pistons defensive stalwart Ben Wallace, will be officially inducted in September.

Just a few weeks ago, Webber, who has been eligible for the Hall of Fame since 2013, told Yahoo Sports NBA reporter Vincent Goodwill that not being elected does bother him.

Webber had a long, storied basketball career, which ended in 2008 after 15 seasons in the NBA. It didn’t take him long to start racking up prominent accolades. He won three state championships at Country Day and earned Michigan’s Mr. Basketball award and the National High School Player of the Year award in 1991.

His career continued to ascend at Michigan, where he was a key member of the famed Fab Five along with Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson.

Webber played two seasons with the Wolverines, helping them reach the national championship in both 1992 and 1993.

He had a standout freshman season, scoring 15.5 points per game and averaging 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks, but posted even more impressive numbers as a sophomore. He was named an All-American after averaging 19.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.

The power forward’s NBA career spanned from 1993-2008 and included five All-Star teams and five All-NBA teams. He was the No. 1 overall pick in 1993 and made an immediate impact with the Golden State Warriors, averaging 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds en route to winning Rookie of the Year.

However, his best years came with the Sacramento Kings from 1999-2004. He also played one season with the Pistons. Webber finished his career averaging 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds.