Veteran WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes will join a long list of legends as she enters into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.
Swoopes, who was the first player signed by Commissioner David Stern when he formed the WNBA, led the Houston Comets to win the first four straight WNBA championships of the league.
She also was the first female basketball player to sign a deal with Nike.
“I am so thrilled and honored to be here in Houston to be named a Hall of Famer,” said Swoopes in a statement emailed to JET. “This is the city where I accomplished so much during my professional career with the Houston Comets.”
Swoopes, who currently holds the position of head coach of Loyola University’s Women’s Basketball team, will join NBA stars Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming for this year’s induction ceremony.