Fourteen former standout players and a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year headline this year’s class of ACC Basketball Legends presented by New York Life.
The Legends will be recognized during the 2016 New York Life ACC Tournament, which will be held March 8-12 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. They will be featured at the annual ACC Legends Luncheon, which is set for Friday, March 11, beginning at noon at the Washington Marriott Marquis Hotel. They will then be introduced that evening to the Verizon Center crowd during halftime of the first semifinal game.
The 2016 ACC Legends Class:
Jim Hooley, Forward, Boston College
Grayson Marshall, Guard, Clemson
Jason Willams, Guard, Duke
Rowland Garrett, Forward, Florida State
BJ Elder, Guard, Georgia Tech
Darrell Griffith, Guard, Louisville
John Salmons, Forward, Miami
James Worthy, Forward, North Carolina
Anthony “Spud” Webb, Guard, NC State
Adrian Dantley, Forward, Notre Dame
Charles Smith, Forward, Pitt
Derrick Coleman, Forward, Syracuse
Norman Nolan, Forward, Virginia
Howard Pardue, Forward, Virginia Tech
Dave Odom, Head Coach, Wake Forest
Darrell Griffith, Louisville (1976-80) – Griffith capped his sensational collegiate career by leading the Cardinals to a 33-3 record and the 1980 NCAA title. He received the prestigious John Wooden Award as College Basketball’s Player of the Year, was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, and completed his senior season as the first Louisville player to score more than 2,000 career points. He scored in double figures in his final 41 college games and in 111 of the 126 contests he played with the Cardinals, including 23 points in a win over UCLA in the 1980 NCAA championship game. The Louisville teams on which he played posted a combined record of 101-25 and made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. His road uniform from the 1980 season is on permanent display at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Following his collegiate career, he played 11 seasons in the NBA with the Utah Jazz, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1981 and averaging 16.2 points for his career. He is now back at his alma mater, where he works as a special assistant to the president at the University of Louisville.
The Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Legends presented by New York Life will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, March 11. The luncheon begins at noon at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, D.C., and the event will conclude with a short autograph session. Tickets for the ACC Basketball Legends Luncheon are $100 each, and tables of 10 are available for $700 each. Information on purchasing tickets may be obtained at the official ACC website—http://theacc.co/