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2014 ACC Basketball Legends Class announced

Posted January 29, 2014

Eric Montross welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd at the Celebration of the Century at UNC's Dean E. Smith Center, Friday, February 12, 2010. Photo by Todd Melet.

Duke forward Gene Banks, North Carolina center Eric Montross and NC State's Julius Hodge were named to the 2014 ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Class announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford.

Hodge (New York, N.Y.) earned ACC Basketball Player of the Year honors for the Wolfpack in 2004, Banks (Philadelphia, Pa.) was one of the key players on the Blue Devils’ 1978 Final Four team and one of the most versatile players in league history and Montross (Indianapolis, Ind.) was a powerful pivotman who was a two-time All-America and key player on the Tar Heels’ 1993 National Championship team.

Joining the area three is former Virginia head coach Terry Holland (Clinton, N.C.), who guided the Cavaliers to a pair of NCAA Final Four Appearances in a 16-year career in Charlottesville that included an NIT Championship, 13 post-season berths and nine NCAA Tournament invitations; former Syracuse sharpshooting guard Dave Bing (Washington, D.C.), who was a consensus All-America for the Orange and a seven-time NBA All-Star while earning selection to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Maryland’s John Lucas (Durham, N.C.), one of the great overall athletes in ACC history who captured the ACC’s McKevlin Award in 1976 as the league’s top overall athlete after earning first-team All-America honors in both basketball and tennis. 

Boston College’s Jack Magee (Bronx, N.Y.), who led BC to its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1958 and also its historic first win over Holy Cross; Clemson’s Wayne “Tree” Rollins (Cordele, Ga.), who at 7-1 was one of the great defensive intimidators and rebounders in league history; Florida State’s Al Thornton (Perry, Ga.), an All-America forward who was a powerful offensive force for the Seminoles and runner-up for ACC Player of the Year in 2007; Georgia Tech’s Travis Best (Springfield, Mass.), a sweet-shooting point guard who led the Rambling Wreck to two NCAA Tournament and one NIT berth; and Miami’s Steve Edwards (Miami, Fla.), a multi-talented big guard for the Hurricanes who helped rebuild Miami’s program in the mid 1990s.

Completing this year’s ACC Legends class are Notre Dame’s Pat Garrity (New Canaan, Conn.) a second-team All-America and a two-time first-team Academic All-America for the Irish during the late 1990s; Pitt’s Don Hennon (Wampum, Pa.), a two-time first-team All-America who is the Panthers all-time leading scorer and a member of the Helms Foundation Basketball Hall of Fame; Virginia’s Tech’s Bobby Stevens (Chester, Pa.), the author of the Hokies famed game-winning shot in the championship of the 1973 National Invitation Tournament against Notre Dame and Wake Forest all-purpose forward Sam Ivy (St. Louis, Mo.), a lynchpin of the Demon Deacon teams of the late 1980s.

The Legends will be honored at this year’s ACC’s Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., March 12-16. They will be feted at the annual ACC Legends Brunch, which will be held Saturday, March 15, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Guilford Ballroom of the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel, and, later that day, will be introduced to the Greensboro Coliseum crowd at halftime of the first semifinal game. Ticket information for the ACC Legends Brunch is available on the ACC website at theACC.com.

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  • Ken D. Jan 31, 2014

    By my count, they added at least 15 people to the list this year. At this rate, they are soon either going to have to stop adding people or reconsider the term "legends". If we get to where we include anybody who was a letter winner for more than two years, membership in this club isn't going to mean very much.

  • heelsforever Jan 31, 2014

    Why not go ahead and add Purvis Ellison, and other UofL players and get it over with. Ridiculouos to add guys who never palyed in the league.

  • StunGunn Jan 31, 2014

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    Ken, if there's a player who SHOULD be in the ACC Basketball Legends, it's definitely John Roche. I'm giving my age away here, but back in the day, I used to watch the (ABA) Nets, featuring Rick Barry, play in the Nassau Coliseum.

  • StunGunn Jan 31, 2014

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    Ken, I went to the official ACC site, and their links looked similar to the ones I found on WRAL. You'd think a Google search would give the list you want, but unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case.

  • Ken D. Jan 30, 2014

    One of my reasons for wanting to see the complete list is that I'm curious if it includes South Carolina's John Roche, who actually did play in the ACC, since they are including a lot of guys who didn't.

  • StunGunn Jan 30, 2014

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    Ken, I put "ACC Legends" in the Search box in the upper right corner of this page, and while the results weren't in chronological order, they did go back several years. I didn't see one comprehensive list, but at least it did give the names for previous years. I wonder if the official ACC site would have more information.

  • Ken D. Jan 30, 2014

    Is there a comprehensive list of players selected before this year? I can't find one on Google.

  • Ken D. Jan 30, 2014

    Agree with all those comments. My initial reaction was that it was ironic that we are adding players whose schools are just now joining the league in the same class as some whose school is about to depart the league.

  • StunGunn Jan 29, 2014

    It doesn't make sense to induct players into the "ACC Legends" who didn't play for the ACC. At least they got some of this right with Terry Holland, John Lucas, AL Thornton, and of course, Julius Hodge, and others who DID play in the ACC.

  • RDI Jan 29, 2014

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    I agree.

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