When former University of Houston coach Guy V. Lewis is inducted next month into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. his presenter will be fellow Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes.
Inductees can chose their presenter from any member of the Hall of Fame and Hayes told FOX 26 Sports the Lewis family chose him, and he could not be more thrilled.
Hayes, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990, was twice an Associated Press First-Team All-American under Lewis at the University of Houston, where he played from 1964-1968.
Lewis was the AP's NCAA Player of the year in 1968.
"To be able to be a presenter for Guy Lewis at the Basketball Hall of Fame, it probably means just as much as when I was inducted into the Hall of Fame," Hayes said.
"Here's a man who took a little kid out of Rayville, La., put his career and everything on the line, to bring (former UH star) Don Chaney and I in there to give us an opportunity to showcase our talent and our ability, to mold us and grow us and give us a true start in life.
"Now to have the opportunity to stand before all of the great players and coaches that played this game, to present my coach Guy V. Lewis, words can never express what this means to me. I'm appreciative to have this opportunity to introduce him into the Basketball Hall of Fame."
Lewis, 91, won 592 games during his 30-year career at the University of Houston.
He led the Cougars to the NCAA Final Four five times, had 27 consecutive winning seasons and was named national coach of the year twice (1968 and 1983).
Lewis' most famous University of Houston teams went to the Final Four three consecutive years in the early 1980's and were known as Phi Slama Jama.
Sherry Lewis, Guy's daughter, told FOX 26 Sports Hayes means a great deal to her family.
"He has had the longest campaign to get dad in the Hall of Fame," Sherry Lewis said. "Elvin is just so supportive of my dad.
The University of Houston announced on Wednesday that Sherry will join her father, along with her brothers Vern and Terry, at the ceremony in September.