SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — She grew up playing basketball on the cement courts of West Ashley. Friday night, Charleston’s Katrina McClain was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
McClain, 46, was inducted along with NBA greats Ralph Sampson, Reggie Miller, Jamaal Wilkes and Don Nelson.
McClain starred at the old St. Andrews High School and the University of Georgia before embarking on a stellar international career. She played on 11 U.S. national teams, leading the USA to Olympic gold medals in 1988 and 1996, and to a bronze medal in 1992.
After a professional career overseas, McClain, the mother of three, returned to Charleston to form the Katrina McClain Foundation. The foundation helps youths who are at-risk due to illiteracy, teen pregnancy and drug and alcohol abuse.
Sampson, the 7-foot-4 former Virginia star, was the first of a dozen inductees to speak at the enshrinement ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall. Next up on the schedule was the late Don Barksdale, who broke the color barrier on the U.S. Olympic team.
He was represented by his son, Derek.
The All-American Redheads, who were known as the female Harlem Globetrotters, also were honored.
The class of 2012 also included two-time ABA MVP Mel Daniels; Chet Walker; Nike co-founder Phil Knight; former Soviet women’s coach Lidia Alexeeva; and longtime NCAA referee Hank Nichols.