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Staley Inducted Into Naismith Hall of Fame

Former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley is now officially a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Staley was one of 12 members inducted Sunday in Springfield, Mass. Others include Gary Payton, Louisville coach Rick Pitino and two former college coaches - Jerry Tarkanian and Guy Lewis.

Staley was a member of three Final Four teams at UVa, including a championship game appearance in 1991, where she was named Most Outstanding Player. She was named National Player of the Year twice and was a three-time All-American.

"There was no bigger contrast than going from the projects in Philly, to the properness of UVa," Staley said during her induction speech. "It took a lot of patience for Debbie [Ryan] to get me through. When I arrived at UVa, all I knew was Philly and basketball. When I left, I knew there was much more. In that moment, I was grateful for that opportunity."

Staley finished her career as the only player in ACC history to record more than 2,000 points, 700 rebounds, 700 assists and 400 steals. She is one of three players at Virginia to have her jersey retired.

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