NBC Sports Washington Wizards color commentator Kara Lawson will enter the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame as part of the eight-member class of 2018, the Hall of Fame committee announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Lawson, a native of Springfield, Va. was a WBCA All-American in 1999 as the star of the West Springfield women's basketball team. She went on to play college basketball at the University of Tennessee for legendary coach Patt Summitt.
Lawson finished her career with 1,950 points in 143 games, before being selected with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2003 WNBA Draft by the Tulsa Shock. Lawson, as a member of the Sacramento Monarch, won the WNBA championship in 2005. She also won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as a member of Team USA women's basketball team. She joined NBC Sports Washington to serve as the Washington Wizards color commentator before the start of the 2016-17 season.
Lawson joins a star studded class of 2017 that includes former National League batting champion Michael Cuddyer (Chesapeake, Va.), former NFL running back Thomas Jones (Virginia Cavaliers), former NBA champion Rick Mahorn (Hampton University) and iconic Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer.
The induction ceremony is set for April 7 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, Va.
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2018:
— Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech Football
— Michael Cuddyer, Great Bridge HS/MLB
— Doug Doughty, Roanoke Times Journalist
— Chuck Hartman, Virginia Tech Baseball
—Thomas Jones, Virginia/NFL
— Kara Lawson, West Springfield HS/WNBA
— Rick Mahorn, Hampton/NBA
— Megan Silva Schultz, Randolph-Macon Basketball