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BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Wesleyan graduate Jack Sikma, a seven-time National Basketball Association all-star, is among 13 people chosen as a finalist for potential 2019 induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The finalists were announced Friday in Charlotte, N.C. as part of the NBA All-Star weekend. The Class of 2019 will be announced at the NCAA Final Four on April 6, with the induction ceremony on Sept. 5-7 in Springfield, Mass.

A 1977 IWU graduate, Sikma is the school's all-time leading scorer (2,272 points) and rebounder (1,405) and, in each of his last three seasons, the Titans won College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships and advanced to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament in Kansas City.

Sikma was a three-time NAIA All-American and the top vote-getter as an Associated Press College Division All-American as a senior, when he averaged 27.0 points and 15.4 rebounds. He was the CCIW most outstanding player for three straight years. He was inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017, the NAIA Hall of Fame and was a member of the NAIA 50th & 75th All-Anniversary Teams.

He also was a two-time Academic All-American and was selected in 1999 to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame.

Sikma was the No. 8 pick in the 1977 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. He scored 17,287 points and had 10,816 rebounds in the NBA and was a key player on Seattle's 1979 NBA championship team. He holds Seattle's team records for rebounds (7,729) and free throws made (3,044).

Other finalists selected were Leta Andrews (coach), Hugh Evans (referee), Bill Fitch (coach), Marques Johnson (player), Bobby Jones (player), Sidney Moncrief (player), Barbara Stevens (coach), Eddie Sutton (coach), Ben Wallace (player), Teresa Weatherspoon (player), Chris Webber (player) and Paul Westphal (player).

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