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Stockton among 26 finalists to join the GTE academic all-america hall of fame

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John Stockton, who went from Gonzaga University to stardom in the NBA, is one of 26 finalists for the GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame.

Four of the group will be inducted in ceremonies May 25 in Washington, D.C.

Other finalists include swimmer Tracy Caulkins, football stars Bernie Kosar and Cris Collinsworth, and Jack Sikma and Danny Ainge from basketball.

Stockton is a 1984 graduate of Gonzaga, where he was the West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a GTE Academic All-American.

He went from leading the WCC in scoring, assists and steals to be the NBA's all-time assist leader and was a member of the United States' Olympic champion Dream Team.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1988 to honor former collegians who have attained high achievement in their professions and made strong contributions to their communities. Finalists had to graduate at least 10 years ago with a 3.0 grade-point average or better.


Utah Jazz guard John Stockton, right, looks to pass against pressure from Dallas Mavericks guard Steve Nash during an April game in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

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