Miller, Pitino highlight Hall of Fame finalists

Reggie Miller and Rick Pitino were among 12 finalists announced Friday for the 2012 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Miller, a five-time NBA All-Star, and Pitino, a five-time NCAA Final Four coach, join two-time NBA Coach of the Year Bill Fitch and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain as first-time finalists.

The four will join Maurice Cheeks, Ralph Sampson, Bernard King and Jamaal Wilkes as finalists among players. Coaches selected as finalists were Dick Motta and Don Nelson, while contributors chosen as finalists were referee Hank Nichols and the All American Red Heads.

The 2012 Hall of Fame class will be announced Monday, April 2 at a news conference prior to the NCAA Tournament men's national championship game in New Orleans.

A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies will take place Friday, September 7 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

More to follow.