(Toronto, ON) -- Canada Basketball and the Dr. James Naismith Foundation jointly announced today that Gerald Kazanowski (Sidney, BC) and Bill Wennington (Montreal, QC), have been elected for enshrinement into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame. Both members will be officially inducted during the 2005 Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Dinner scheduled for Thursday, May 26 at the York Event Theatre in Toronto, Ontario.

Canadian Menís National Team teammates from 1981-84 and again in 1992, Kazanowski and Wennington will both be inducted in the players category after receiving at least 10 of 15 votes from the Hall of Fameís selection committee.

2005 CANADIAN BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Bill Wennington is on his way to the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame. (NBAE/Getty Images)


Gerald Kazanowski - Player: A 10-year Canadian National Team veteran, Gerald Kazanowski was one of the most dominant front court players in the history of the menís program.

During his illustrious international career, Kazanowski represented Canada at two Olympic Games (1984, 1988); three FIBA World Championships (1982, 1986, 1990); three World University Games (1981, 1983, 1985); one FIBA Americas Olympic Qualification Tournament (1992) and one FIBA Junior Menís World Championship (1979).

As a member of the Canadian Menís National Team, Kazanowski was instrumental in some of Canadaís most memorable performances including a fourth place finish at the 1984 Summer Games and a sixth place result four years later in Seoul, Korea. Kazanowski was also a player on the famous 1983 World University Games squad which shocked a United States team featuring Charles Barkley and Karl Malone en route to winning the gold medal.

Prior to achieving success on the international stage, Kazanowski established himself as one of the top CIAU players in the nation by helping lead the University of Victoria to four consecutive National Championships (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983) during his five years with the institution. As a member of the Vikings, Kazanowski was selected as an All-Canadian three-times and was twice named the recipient of the Premierís Athletic Award.

After graduating from Victoria in 1983 with a degree in Economics, Kazanowski was drafted in the 7th round of the 1983 NBA Entry Draft by the Utah Jazz.

As a professional from 1984-92, Kazanowski enjoyed a distinguished career abroad as the 6í9Ē forward/centre played for clubs in Spain, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Argentina and Mexico.

Bill Wennington - Player: One of the most recognizable names in Canadian basketball history, Bill Wennington patrolled the paint as a seven-foot centre in the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons. During his impressive professional career, Wennington became the second Canadian to capture an NBA championship ring as the Montreal native accomplished the feat three times as a member of the Chicago Bulls (1996, 1997, 1998).

A five-year veteran of the Canadian Menís National Team, Wennington represented Canada at one Olympic Games (1984); one FIBA World Championship (1982); two World University Games (1981, 1983) and one FIBA Americas Olympic Qualification Tournament (1992).

During his five years as a member of Team Canada, Wennington was behind some of the nationís greatest successes on the international stage. In 1984, Wennington helped lead Canada to a fourth place finish at the Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. One year earlier, he was a member of the famous 1983 World University Games squad which shocked a United States team featuring Charles Barkley and Karl Malone en route to winning the tournamentís gold medal.

Prior to his professional career, Wennington patrolled the paint for St. Johnís University from 1981-82 to 1984-85. As a senior with the Redmen, Wennington capped off his collegiate career in style by leading the school to berth in the 1985 NCAA Final Four. After graduating with a degree in Communications, Wennington was selected 16th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1985 NBA Entry Draft.

As a member of the Mavericks, Wennington would go on to play six years with Dallas before being traded to Sacramento at the end of the 1989-90 season. After spending one year with Sacramento, Wennington traveled overseas to Italy where signed with Knorr Bologna of the Italian Pro A league. As a member of Knorr Bologna, Wennington would help lead his team to 1992-93 league championship. In 1993-94, Wennington returned to the NBA after a signing a free agent contract with Chicago. As a member of the Michael Jordan-led Bulls, Wennington played six years in Chicago before returning to Sacramento for the 1999-00 campaign.

Canada Basketball is a private, not-for-profit corporation that is committed to the growth of the sport in Canada. Just as important, Canada Basketball is focused on the development and preparation of Canadaís national teams for the Olympic, Pan American and FISU Games as well as the World Championships. The aspiration of Canada Basketball is to instill the pride, commitment, passion and respect that Canadians personify into the development of basketball across the country and internationally.

The Dr. James Naismith Basketball Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation which was established in 1989 to honor the founder of the game of basketball at his birthplace, Almonte, Ontario. The Foundation operates the Naismith Museum and the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame.