Shortly after 11 AM central time, live on ESPN2, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame released the class of 2017 inductees, making something that many of us have known for a long time true: Bill Self is a Hall of Fame coach.
A first time ballot inductee, Self is one of 11 new members of the Hall that will be enshrined in the Hall in Springfield, MA, for a ceremony later this fall.
Of the eight head basketball coaches Kansas has had in its history (a remarkable number in and of itself), Self is the fifth to be named a Hall of Famer, joining James Naismith (duh), Phog Allen, Larry Brown, and Roy Williams.
At 54 years old, Self still has plenty of time to add to an already impressive list of accomplishments. Just in his time at Kansas, he has claimed 13 Consecutive Big 12 titles, seven Elite 8s, two Final Fours, and one national title. His winning percentage of .827 at KU is higher than his career winning percentage of .764, and his is an absurd .957 in Allen Fieldhouse. Since arriving in Lawrence, Self has averaged 29+ wins per season.
Additionally, he is a four-time National Coach of the Year (2000, 2009, 2012, 2016, various publications), an eight-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, and is already a member of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (class of 2013).
He is the ninth-fastest coach to reach 600 wins (current overall record 623-192), has coached five consensus All-America first team selections, and had 17 players drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft.