Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is a first-time nominee for the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday.
Izzo, who has led the Spartans to seven Final Four appearances and a national title in 2000 in his 20 seasons, has Michigan State off to a 12-0 start and a No. 1 national ranking this season.
He’s one of a number of candidates with ties to the state, including Chris Webber, the former Detroit Country Day star who led Michigan to back-to-back national runner-up finishes as part of the Fab Five in 1992 and 1993. He also played part of one season with the Detroit Pistons during his 15 in the NBA.
Also among the nominees are former Pistons players Mark Aguirre and Allen Iverson, and former Michigan player Rudy Tomjanovich, who led the Houston Rockets to a pair of NBA titles as a coach.
The finalists will be announced Feb. 12 in Toronto. The class will be will unveiled April 4 during the Final Four in Houston.