The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame is synonymous with greatness on the hardwood as top players, coaches and teams from Caribou to Kittery are honored for their efforts.

This year, the 2018 class, two Midcoast standouts — one of whom is still active today — will be inducted.

On the list of 16 inductees, six legends and one team on the docket, Jeff Hart and Dean Erickson made the grade and will be honored at the induction ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Other inductees include: Brenda Beckwith, Paul Belanger, Jim Bessey, Cindy Blodgett, Sandi Carver, Peter Hamlin, Barbara Krause, Bill McAvoy, Delmont “Del” Merrill, Bill Obermeyer, Keith Ogden, Leroy Patterson, Joe Russo and Rick Woods.

“Legends” include Jim Beaudry, Bill Fletcher, Dwight Hunter, Elwood “Bimbo” Pinkham, Thaxter Trafton and Arthur “Artie” Warren, while the 1959-60 Lewiston High School boys basketball team will also be inducted.

Hart,  in his 36th year coaching the Camden Hills (formerly Camden-Rockport) boys basketball team, has nearly 500 career coaching victories, won five state Class B championships and nine Northern (formerly Eastern) Class B championships.

"I can't describe it," Hart said said of his thoughts on induction. "What an honor. Hard for me to believe actually. To be mentioned with some of the greats who have been inducted [is just] unbelievable."

Also a New England Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Hart’s 2010 team went undefeated en route to the state crown, and he has been named Class B coach of the year twice and has coached in numerous all-star games in Maine and on a national scale.

Hart is a Farmington native and also played for Bessey, who coached the Mount Blue boys basketball team 34 seasons.

Erickson was a standout point guard at Medomak Valley High School under coach Art Dyer and led the Panthers to the 1977 state Class B championship and the 1975 regional championship. He scored 594 points and had 375 assists for the Panthers, who went 65-7 in that span.

"I'm pleasantly surprised and humbled by the selection," said Erickson. "I certainly couldn't have accomplished this without my amazing teammates, coaches and especially the guidance of the best coach I've ever had, hall-of-fame coach Art Dyer."

Erickson went on to play collegiately at Brown University for three years, has published several books and had a recurring role on the TV show "Frazier" in the 1990s. He now resides in Los Angeles, Calif. and owns an investment advisory firm.

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