SPRINGFIELD (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame) - Dawn Staley looks to be a shoe-in for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Announced over the weekend as one of the Women's Committee Finalists for the 2013 induction class, Staley ticks a lot of boxes.
American collegiate star? Check.
WNBA star? Check.
Olympic and World champion with the United States? Check.
Staley has been a winner at every stop and is now sharing her experience and expertise in the game as the coach of the University of South Carolina.
A point guard in her playing days, Staley attended the University of Virginia and did something that no other player has.
She recorded at least 2,000 points, 700 assists and 400 steals.
Her 454 steals remain an NCAA record.
Three times she led Virginia into the Final Four and as a professional, Staley was a WNBA All-Star on five occasions.
With the United States, Staley had a habit of collecting gold medals.
She won Olympic gold medals in 1996, 2000 and 2004, and titles at the 1998 and 2002 FIBA World Championships for Women.
At the Athens Games, the US Olympic Committee bestowed upon Staley the honor of carrying her nation's flag at the Opening Ceremony, though she believed it wasn’t only because of her excellence on the hardwood.
She had set up the Dawn Staley Foundation, and the after-school project the foundation runs for kids from her old neighborhood in Philadelphia.
"I don't think [they picked me] for anything I've done on a basketball court," she said.
"I think it was for helping others achieve their goals and dreams."
Before the Opening Ceremony in Greece, Staley said: "It is bigger than me carrying the flag.
"I will carry the hopes and dreams of a lot of little boys and girls who feel their situation is bleak."
Staley is the only basketball player to have served as flag-bearer at the Olympics for the USA.
She will discover on 8 April if she has been voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.