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Leonard Hamilton named as nominee for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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Winningest coach in FSU history getting much-earned respect as a first-time nominee

Murray State v Florida State Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced the list of eligible candidates for the Class of 2021, including first-time nominee Leonard Hamilton.

Hamilton is the fifth winningest coach in ACC history, with 365 career wins at Florida State. He is one of just six coaches ever with 350+ wins in the ACC. Hamilton has led FSU to four wins against AP #1 teams, which is just four away from tying Roy Williams for the most ever. He is the winningest coach in the Seminoles’ basketball history. Since 2004, he’s produced 14 NBA selections.

He currently has a career win percentage of .567 between his stops at Oklahoma State, Miami, and FSU, with 565 career wins.

Here are all the honors Hamilton has won in his coaching career, via FSU sports info:

Winningest Coach in Florida State History (365 wins)

5th All-Time Winningest Coach in ACC History (365 wins)

2018 Clarence “Big House” Gaines National Coach of the Year

2009 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year

2000 BCA National Coach of the Year

1995 UPI National Coach of the Year

2009, 2012 and 2020 ACC Coach of the Year

1995 and 1999 Big East Coach of the Year

2016-17 Midseason National Coach of the Year