AUTISM AWARENESS. MATT CARON: THE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCED ITS CLASS OF 2017 EARLIER TODAY AND AMONG THE HONOREES IS A LOCAL BASKETBALL SUPERSTAR. 22NEWS REPORTER TASHANEA WHITLOW IS LIVE AT THE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME IN SPRINGFIELD TO TELL YOU WHY THIS NATIVE IS NO STRANGER TO BEING RECOGNIZED BY THE ORGANIZATION. TASHANEA WHITLOW: IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY DURING A LIVE PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE FINAL 4 IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA, THAT SOUTHWICK’S OWN REBECCA LOBO WILL BE FOREVER ENSHRINED INTO BASKETBALL HISTORY. TASHANEA WHITLOW: THIS IS VIDEO FROM 2011, WHEN LOBOS WAS A APART OF THE “LEGENDS OF THE GAME” SERIES HERE AT THE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME. LOBO, ALONG WITH 10 NEW MEMBERS ARE THE NEW INDUCTEES TO THE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME. LOBO ATTENDED UCONN, LED THE HUSKIES TO A 35-0 RECORD AND NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. SHE WENT ON TO HAVE SUCCESSFUL CAREER PLAYING WITH THE WNBA FOR 6 SEASONS. AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT, LOBO TWITTTED, “FIFTEEN MILES AWAY, BUT IT TOOK A LIFETIME TO GET THERE.” JOHN DOLEVA, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME TOLD 22NEWS, AS A KID, THE BASKETBALL OF FAME INSPIRED LOBO. INTERVIEW NAME HERE: SHE WAS ALWAYS PRETTY INSPIRED BY THE HALL OF FAMERS AND I DON’T KNOW IF SHE EVERY THOUGHT SHE’D BE THERE. BUT, SHE WAS AN ALL-STATE PLAYER FOR MASSACHUSETTS, GOING ON TO UCONN AND THEN ALSO GOING ON AND BEING, KINDA ON THE CUSP OF COLLEGIATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WITH UCONN AND THE WNBA. SO SHE’S HAD A MARVELOUS CAREER. TASHANEA WHITLOW: LOBO WON A GOLD MEDAL AT THE 1996 OLYMPICS IN ATLANTA AND PLAYED SIX SEASONS IN THE WNBA FOR THE NEW YORK LIBERTY, HOUSTON COMETS AND CONNECTICUT SUN. TASHANEA WHITLOW: THE INDUCTION CEREMONIES WILL BE HELD RIGHT HERE AT THE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME FRIDAY SEPT. 8TH. FOR A LIST OF THE CLASS OF 2017 INDUCTEES, HEAD OVER TO OUR WEBSITE AT WWLP.COM LIVE AT THE BASKETBALL HALL OF