ACC Announces 2014 Men's Basketball Tournament Legends
Wednesday January 29, 2014
15 Legends to be Honored at 2014 ACC Tournament & ACC Legends Brunch
GREENSBORO, N.C.—One of the most successful coaches in Atlantic Coast Conference history, a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, a former ACC Athlete of the Year and a former ACC Basketball Player of the Year history headline the 2014 ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Class announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford.
Include are two members of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary basketball team, nine former All-Americas, seven former All-ACC selections, eight former first-round NBA Draft selections, three players who led their teams to four ACC Championships and players who led their teams to an NCAA title and one NIT Championship.
Leading the way 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; 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; and NC State’s Julius Hodge (New York, N.Y.) who earned ACC Basketball Player of the Year honors for the Wolfpack in 2004.
Joining them are 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; Duke’s Gene Banks (Philadelphia, Pa.), one of the key cogs of the Blue Devils’ 1978 Final Four team and one of the most versatile players 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 North Carolina’s Eric Montross (Indianapolis, Ind.), a powerful pivotman who was a two-time All-America and key player on the Tar Heels’ 1993 National Championship team; 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 and at the bottom of this release.
The Legends will be honored at this year’s ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament in Greensboro at the annual ACC Basketball Legends Brunch, which will be held on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Guilford Ballroom of the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel. The event will include a short autograph session with the Legends at the conclusion of the Brunch. Tickets for the ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Brunch are priced at $35 each, and tables of 10 are available for $350 each. Information on purchasing tickets may be obtained at the official ACC website—http://theacc.co/MBB14legendstix
|2014 ACC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT LEGENDS ROSTER|
|Name||School||Years||Position||Hometown (Current Hometown)|
|Jack MaGee||Boston College||1957-59||Guard||Bronx, N.Y. (Fairfax, Va.)|
|Wayne "Tree" Rollins||Clemson||1973-77||Center||Cordele, Ga. (Apopka, Fla.)|
|Gene Banks||Duke||1977-81||Forward||Philadelphia, Pa. (Washington, D.C.)|
|Al Thornton||Florida State||2003-07||Forward||Perry, Ga. (Atlanta, Ga.)|
|Travis Best||Georgia Tech||1991-95||Guard||Springfield, Mass. (Atlanta, Ga.)|
|John Lucas||Maryland||1972-76||Guard||Durham, N.C. (Bellaire, Tex.)|
|Steve Edwards||Miami||1992-96||Guard||Miami, Fla. (same)|
|Eric Montross||North Carolina||1990-94||Center||Indianapolis, Ind.(Chapel Hill, N.C.)|
|Julius Hodge||NC State||2001-05||Forward||New York, N.Y. (same)|
|Pat Garrity||Notre Dame||1994-98||Forward||Las Vegas, Nev. (New Canaan, Conn.)|
|Don Hennon||Pitt||1956-59||Guard||Wampum, Pa. (Pittsburgh, Pa.)|
|Dave Bing||Syracuse||1962-66||Guard||Washington, D.C. (Detroit, Mich.)|
|Terry Holland||Virginia||1974-90||Head Coach||Clinton, N.C. (Greenville, N.C.)|
|Bobby Stevens||Virginia Tech||1972-74||Guard||Chester, Pa. (Rock Hill, S.C.)|
|Sam Ivy||Wake Forest||1986-90||Forward||St. Louis, Mo. (Clinton, Md.)|
MaGee (1957-59) was the leading scorer on the first Boston College team to reach the NCAA Tournament, averaging 15.5 points per game in leading the Eagles to a 16-6 record in his first of two seasons in Chestnut, Hill. He and fellow BC Hall of Famer George Giersch were the heroes of the historic 1958 game against Holy Cross, when the Eagles defeated the Crusaders for the first time, 73-68. McGee then led the Eagles to a 17-9 record as a senior, again leading the team in scoring, averaging 13.1 points a game. He earned honorable mention NABC All-District honors in 1958. After two years in the Army, Magee returned to BC as an assistant coach to Bob Cousy (1964-66) before becoming head coach at Georgetown, where he posted a six-year record of 68-79 (.463), leading the Hoyas to an 18-7 record in 1969-70. He was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. Originally a native of The Bronx, N.Y., he currently lives in Fairfax, Va.
Rollins (1973-77), a true dominating big man at center, is one of the great rebounders and shot blockers in league history. Nicknamed during his career “The Intimidator”, he started four seasons for Clemson, the first two in 1974-75 under Tates Locke and the last two under Bill Foster in 1976 and 1977. He helped lead the Tigers to a 71-39 record (.645) and an appearance in the NIT in 1975. Rollins twice led the ACC in rebounding (1975, 1977) and led the conference in shot blocking in 1977, the first year the league kept the statistic. He still ranks fifth in the ACC in career rebounding with 1,311 boards and an 11.9 per-game average. He finished his career as the ACC’s career leader in blocked shots. Rollins still ranks third in total blocks with 450, and is still first in blocks per game, averaging 4.1 a contest. Three times he blocked 10 shots in a game and he is one of only five players in ACC history to record more than one triple-double, twice accomplishing the feat. Three times named to the All-ACC second-team, he earned second-team All-America honors as a senior. The 14th overall selection of the 1977 NBA Draft, he played 18 seasons in the NBA, the first 11 with Atlanta. He also played for Cleveland, Detroit, Houston and Orlando. He is one of only three ACC players to have played as many as 18 seasons in the NBA along with UNC’s Jerry Stackhouse and Duke’s Grant Hill. He was named to the 1984 NBA All-Defensive first team and to the 1983 second team. He finished his pro career ranked fourth on the NBA Career list for blocked shots and is still ninth with 2,542 career blocks. Since retirement, he has served as an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic, a head coach in the National Basketball Development League, an assistant coach and head coach in the WNBA for the Washington Mystics and an assistant coach for the Chicago Sky. Originally a native of Cordele, Ga., Rollins now lives in Apopka, Fla.
Banks (1977-81), the prototypical modern power forward, combined speed, finesse and quickness with an excellent shooting touch, 6-7 height, and power moves around the basket for the Duke teams of the late 1970s and early 80s, playing three years for Bill Foster and his final season for Mike Krzyzewski. Nicknamed “Tinkerbell” for his ability to “fly” on the court, he started four straight seasons and helped lead Duke to a record of 90-37 (.709). That included ACC championships in 1978 and 1980, three NCAA Tournament appearances and an NCAA Final Four berth. Banks was named ACC Rookie of the Year in 1977 and was named second-team All-ACC in 1978 and 1980 and first-team in 1981. He led the ACC in scoring in 1981 and finished fourth in rebounding twice and fifth once. As a senior under Krzyzewski in 1981, he authored a game-winning shot against arch-rival North Carolina as the Blue Devils earned a berth in the NIT. A two-time All-America honoree, he earned second-team honors by Converse in 1981 and fifth-team honors by the NABC. Selected in the second round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs as the 28th overall pick, he played six season in the Association, four with San Antonio and two with the Chicago Bulls. After the NBA, he played professionally in Italy and Israel. He rejoined the NBA in 2009 as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards and is currently serving as a scout for the Wizards. Originally a native of Philadelphia, Pa., he now resides in Washington, D.C.
Thornton (2003-07) became one of the leaders in the resurgence of Florida State basketball under coach Leonard Hamilton. An offensive force around the basket, he led the ACC in scoring in 2007, averaging 19.7 points a game as a senior. He led the Seminoles to a four-year, 73-56 record including back-to-back 20-win seasons in his final two years. The runner-up for ACC Player-of-the-Year in 2007, he earned second team All-ACC honors in 2006 and first-team accolades in 2007. He was also named a second team All-America by Sports Illustrated and third team by the Associated Press. He was the first basketball player in FSU history to make the AP All-America first, second or third team. A finalist for the Wooden, Naismith and Rupp Awards as the top collegiate player, Thornton finished his career ranked seventh in FSU career scoring (1,521 points) and third in career field goal percentage (.438). The 14th overall selection in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, he played three seasons for the Clippers and two seasons split between Washington and Golden State. He averaged 11.9 points in 296 NBA games. He was named to the All-NBA Rookie team in 2008. He played in Puerto Rico in 2012, then signed with the Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball League in the fall of 2012, but missed last season recuperating from an injury. A native of Perry, Ga., he now resides in Atlanta, Ga.
Best (1991-95), one of an amazing line of gifted point guards to play for then head coach Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech, started for the Yellow Jackets for four seasons, leading them to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, one NIT berth and one ACC Championship. A sharpshooting lefthander with excellent ball skills and also an excellent defender, Best still ranks 20th on the ACC’s career assist–to-turnover ratio, averaging 2.136 assists to turnover. He also ranks 15th on the ACC’s career list with 692 assists, an average of 5.58 per game for his 124-game career. One of the most accurate free throw shooters in Tech history, he led the ACC in free throw percentage as a junior in 1994 (.866) and as a senior in 1995 (.847). He helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a four-year 76-48 (.613) record. Best was named to the All-ACC team three times, earning third-team accolades as a sophomore in 1993 and second-team honors in 1994 and 1995. During the 1993 campaign, he helped lead the Jackets to the ACC title, as Tech defeated eventual national champion North Carolina for its third ACC Championship under Cremins. Best was the 23rd selection in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. He enjoyed an 11-year NBA career, the first eight with the Pacers, but also with Chicago, Miami, Dallas and New Jersey during which he scored 5,736 points (7.6 avg) and handed out 2,444 assists (3.5 avg.). He then played four more years professionally in Europe before retiring after the 2009 season. Originally a native of Springfield, Mass., he now resides in the metro Atlanta area.
Lucas (1972-76), a leader of some of the best Maryland basketball teams in school history under coach Lefty Driesell, is also one of the best all-around athletes in ACC history. He earned All-America honors in both basketball and tennis and was the winner of the ACC’s prestigious McKevlin Award in 1976 as the Conference’s top all-around athlete. On the basketball court, he started four seasons for Maryland at point guard, earning All-America honors three times, including being named first-team consensus All-America in both his junior and senior years (1975-76). Named to the first-team All-ACC Tournament team as a freshman, he is one of only 24 ACC basketball players to be named first-team All-ACC three straight years (1974, 75, 76). He was one of the key figures in what is regarded as the greatest ACC Basketball Game of all-time, a 103-100 Maryland overtime loss to eventual National Champion NC State in the 1974 ACC Tournament Championship. Lucas helped guide the Terps to a four-year record of 92-23 (.800) as Maryland had three top 10 national finishes and never finished below 11th in the final AP poll during his four seasons in College Park. The first overall selection of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets, Lucas enjoyed a 14-year NBA career with Houston, Golden State, Washington, Milwaukee and Seatte. He totaled 9,951 points and 6,454 assists during his playing career. He also served as a coach with the Miami Tropics of the USBL and San Antonio, Philadelphia and Cleveland of the NBA. In tennis, he was the ACC’s No. 1 singles champion in both 1974 and 1976. He also competed professionally in several Grand Prix Tournaments, played World Team Tennis and also served as coach of the Houston Wranglers. Originally a native of Durham, N.C., he now resides in Houston.
Edwards (1992-96), an athletic wing guard at 6-feet-6, is one of the players who helped re-established Miami’s Basketball program under then head coach Leonard Hamilton in the mid-1990s. Edwards led Miami in scoring in three of his four varsity seasons, only missing one year when a knee injury hampered his play during his sophomore season. One of the most prolific long-range shooters in Miami history, he still ranks second on the Hurricanes’ career three-point field goal list with 265 treys, a figure that was a Big East record when he set it in 1996. Named to the Big East All-Freshman team for his play during the 1992-93 season, he ranks 13th on Miami’s all-time scoring list with 1,393 points. A tireless defender, he also is 10th on the UM career steals list with 138 and led Miami in steals with 56 during the 192-93 season. During his four seasons at Miami, he helped the Hurricanes to upset wins over four nationally-ranked foes, including Georgetown (10th) and St. John’s (25th) in 1993, Georgetown (13th) again in 1995 and Syracuse (11th) in 1996. He also helped lead the Canes to an NIT berth after the 1995 season and back-to-back winning campaigns in 1995 and 1996. A two-time honoree as Mr. Basketball in the state of Florida, Edwards comes from a basketball family. His older brother Doug earned All-ACC honors at Florida State and is a past ACC Basketball Legend, while his younger brother Allen played for two national championship teams at Kentucky. He currently resides in his hometown of Miami.
Montross (1990-94), a powerful seven-foot inside presence for the Tar Heels of coach Dean Smith in the 1990s, played on Tar Heel teams that won two ACC Championships and captured the 1993 National Championship. Selected a two-time first-team Wooden All-America in 1993 and 1994, he also earned second-team All-America honors by the Associated Press in both seasons. He still ranks 20th on the ACC’s career list for field goal percentage, making 58.5 percent of his shots from the field for his career. During his four years in Chapel Hill, UNC posted a record of 114-27 (.809). That included four consecutive NCAA Tournament invitations, two Final Four appearances, capped by winning the 1993 NCAA Championship, 77-71, over Michigan. A first-team All-ACC selection in 1993, he earned second team honors in his senior year of 1994. That same year, he was a finalist for the John Wooden National Player of the Year Award. Also an excellent student, he was a consensus first-team Academic All-America as a senior. Drafted in the first round with the ninth overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 1994 NBA Draft, he played eight seasons in the NBA with Boston, Dallas, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Detroit and Toronto. He was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team in 1995 and retired prior to the 2003 season due to a foot ailment. With the Pan-American Health Organization, he co-founded an organization called Vaccine Ambassadors which distributes vaccines all over the world, especially to developing countries. He has also served as the color analyst for the North Carolina basketball radio network since 2006. He hosts an annual Father’s Day Camp in Chapel Hill that raises money for the UNC Children’s Hospital and is a past member of the University’s General Alumni Association Board. Originally a native of Indianapolis, he now resides in Chapel Hill, N.C., and works for the Rams Club, which provides scholarships for UNC student-athletes.
Hodge (2001-05), an explosive “point” forward for the NC State teams of coach Herb Sendek from 2002 through 2005, was named the ACC Basketball Player of the Year in 2004 after finishing second in the Conference in scoring with an 18.2 average. That year, he was also named a first-team All-America by ESPN and The Sporting News and second-team by the Associated Press, the NABC and Basketball Times. During his four seasons as a starter, he led the Wolfpack to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and an overall record of 83-48 (.634). He finished his career third on the NC State career scoring list with 2,040 points, three times finishing fifth or better in scoring in the ACC. A complete all-around player, Hodge is the only forward ranked in the top 10 in career assists (fifth) at NC State. As a freshman, he was named to the All-ACC Tournament first team and to the All-ACC Freshman team. He earned first-team All-ACC honors in 2003 and 2004 and second team accolades in 2005. Selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 20th pick in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft, Hodge, played two seasons in the NBA with Denver and the Milwaukee Bucks. He has since played professional basketball in Australia, China, Belarus, Italy, Paris, France, and now in Beirut, Lebanon. Originally a native of New York City and currently resides there.
Garrity (1994-98), one of the top big men in the BIG EAST under head coach John MacLeod, led Notre Dame in scoring in each of his four varsity seasons and in rebounding for three straight years. He still ranks fifth on the Irish career scoring list with 2,085 points, averaging 18.8 points a game for his 111 career contests. Named to the second team All-BIG EAST squad in 1996, he later earned first team honors in 1997 and 1998, and was a consensus second-team All-America honoree in his senior season. An excellent student as well, he was a two-time first-team Academic All-America and was the recipient of the NCAA’s post-graduate scholarship. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Science Pre Professional Studies (pre-med). He was named the Big East Player of the Year for men's basketball in 1997, the Big East Student Athlete of the Year for men's basketball in 1998, and the GTE Academic All-American of the Year for men's basketball in 1998. While at the University of Notre Dame, Garrity also performed research aimed at the discovery, characterization and synthesis of novel antibiotic drugs for the organic chemistry laboratory of Dr. Paul Helquist. In 1998, he was one of two honorees for the school's most prestigious award for student athletes, the Byron V. Kanaley award. Drafted 19th overall in the first round of the 1998 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, Garrity was traded to the Phoenix Suns on draft day, where he played his rookie season. He then played nine years with the Orlando Magic before retiring following the 2008 season. Originally a native of Las Vegas, Nev., he currently resides in New Canaan, Conn.
Hennon (1956-59) is a two-time consensus All-America for the Pitt Panthers under than head coach Robert Timmons. Though standing only 5-8 ½ inches tall, he was the most prolific scorer in Pittsburgh history. In his three-year varsity career, he averaged 24.2 points per game, and totaled 1,842 points for his career. That total still ranks fourth on the Pitt career scoring list. He is the first player in Panther history to have his jersey number (No. 10) retired. He still holds the Pitt single-game scoring record of 45 points, which he recorded in an 87-84 double-overtime victory over Duke in 1957. In his first college game, he scored 34 points against NC State. He guided the Panthers to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1957 and 1958. He ranked second in the nation in scoring in both his junior and senior seasons in 1957-58 (26.0) and 1958-59 (25.7, the two highest single-season scoring averages in Panther history. He topped the 20-point mark 52 times in his career and the 30-point mark 24 times. He was elected to the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame in 1970. Selected in the sixth round of the 1960 NBA Draft, by the Cincinnati Royals, he opted instead to go to medical school at Pittsburgh and become a surgeon. He has twice been honored by the University of Pittsburgh, earning the Charles C. Hartwig Award as a senior and Panther Letterman of Distinction Award in 1985. Hennon went on to become a successful medical doctor. Originally a native of Wampum, Pa., he now resides in Pittsburgh.
Bing (1962-66) is one of the most explosive offensive players in Syracuse and NBA history. The quintessential lead guard, he led Syracuse in scoring in each of his three varsity seasons. He averaged 22.2 points per game as a sophomore in 1964, 23.2 points as a junior in 1965 and 28.4 points as a senior in 1966. In his final season, he ranked fifth in the nation in scoring and became Syracuse’ first consensus All-America in basketball in 39 years. With freshmen not eligible for varsity competition, he played just three seasons but still ranks ninth on Syracuse’ career scoring list with 1,883 points. He averaged 24.8 points per game for his career. A former roommate and teammate of current Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, he joined with Jimmy Walker to give Syracuse one of the most, if not the most, potent backcourts in the nation. He helped lead the Orange to a 52-24 record, one appearance in the NIT and one in the NCAA Tournament. Bing was the second person selected in the 1966 NBA Draft. Chosen by the Detroit Pistons, he went on to play 12 years in the NBA, the first nine with Detroit. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star and the MVP of the 1976 All-Star Game. He finished his professional career having scored 18,327 points, averaging 20.3 points per game. Named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary Team, he twice was named to the All-NBA First Team and led the league in scoring in 1968. His jersey, No. 21, was retired by the Pistons. In 1977, he was presented by the NBA with the prestigious J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his community service. He finished his NBA career with short stints with Washington and the Boston Celtics. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990. After retirement from basketball, he started his own successful company, Bing Steel which transformed to the Bing Group, a conglomerate headquartered in Detroit. In 2009, he was presented with the National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award. Also that year, he was elected mayor of Detroit and served in that capacity until this past December. Originally a native of Washington, D.C., he resides in Detroit.
Holland (1974-1990) led Virginia to its greatest heights in basketball, compiling an overall 326-173 record for 16 years as head coach in Charlottesville. He coached UVa to the ACC Championship in 1976 and then to NCAA Final Four appearances in 1981 and 1984. Three of his teams, built around former three-time National Player-of-the-Year Ralph Sampson, won 29 or more games for three straight seasons. Overall, he guided the Cavaliers to 13 postseason tournament bids including the 1980 NIT championship. In 22 years as a head coach at Davidson and Virginia, he compiled 418 career victories and currently still ranks sixth on the all-time ACC coaching list in total wins and ACC victories. After retiring from coaching in 1990, he served as a color analyst for college basketball. Regarded as one of the top administrators in college athletics, Holland then served as director of athletics at Virginia from 1995 through 2001, overseeing a massive upgrading of the Cavaliers athletics facilities including an $86 million dollar expansion of Scott Stadium, the creation of the Carl Smith Center, the construction of the Aquatics and Fitness Center as well as the expansion of the Sheridan Snyder Tennis Center, the University Hall Turf field and the Park, home to the Cavalier softball team. During the 1998-99 school year, UVa achieved a then school-best eighth-place finish in the then Sear’s Director’s Cup (UVa’s finished 3rd in 2009). After spending the next three years as Special Assistant to the President at UVa, Holland then became director of athletic at East Carolina where he successfully implemented a series of major initiatives for the Pirates in his 10-year tenure in Greenville. Originally a native of Clinton, N.C., he now resides in Greenville, N.C.
Stevens (1972-74) was a sharpshooting, ball-hawking guard who helped provide the leadership for head coach Don Devoe’s 1973 Virginia Tech basketball team which ended up winning the school’s first national championship in basketball, claiming the 1973 National Invitation Tournament title in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Playing alongside two of the top players in Tech history in Allen Bristow and Craig Lieder, Stevens, at 5-10, would not be hard to overlook. But the scrappy native of Chester, Pa., happened to make all of the right plays in that star-crossed year for the Hokies. A transfer from Ferrum College, Stevens was playing his first season in Division I Basketball and he proved to be the final piece the Hokies needed. He averaged just 9.7 points a game that year, and though he was a good passer and ball handler, assists in those days were not kept. Tech finished the 1973 regular season with an 18-5 and earned a berth in the NIT at a time when the NCAA Tournament took only 24 teams. Still, that year Virginia Tech had won games at Ohio State, West Virginia and Wake Forest and made their way through the NIT defeating New Mexico, Fairfield and Alabama by a total of just four points in a series of nail biters in which Stevens played a major role. Now facing Notre Dame in the Championship it appeared as if time had run out as with six minutes remaining, Tech trailed by 12 points. Stevens, benched earlier, came back late to help force the game into overtime. With the clock running down and Tech trailing by a point, Stevens, who had seven points in the overtime session, threw up a shot which missed, but he was able to get the long rebound and quickly put up a shot at the buzzer that gave the Hokies a one-point overtime upset win over the Irish and the NIT Championship. Stevens would go on to play one more year for Tech and then had an abortive tryout with the Virginia Squires before beginning a long coaching career which included time at Virginia Tech. He recently retired as head coach at Rock Hill High in Rock Hill, S.C. Originally a native of Chester, Pa., he currently lives in Rock Hill.
Ivy (1986-90) was a versatile, multi-talented power forward for the Bob Staak and Dave Odom-coached Wake Forest teams from 1987 through 1990. He finished his career among the top 10 in school history in points, rebounds, field goal percentage, steals and blocked shots. Ivy finished ninth in career points with 1,551 and ninth in career rebounding with 695. An extremely accurate shooter, he never shot less than 52 percent from the field for a season and finished his career ranked fourth in field goal percentage at 54.5 percent. A complete, all-round performer, he also was ninth with 112 steals and eighth with 51 blocked shots. As a senior in 1989-90, Ivy overcame a slow start to the season by finishing strong, scoring in double figures in 11 of the last 12 games. Among his top efforts in ACC play were a 20-point, 11-rebound game in a win at NC State and 23 points, 8 rebounds vs. North Carolina. A second team All-ACC selection in 1988, he ranked among the top 10 in the league in five different categories. He scored in double figures in 27 of 28 games, topped by a 34-point effort against Canisius. An all-tournament selection at the Josten’s Classic and the Palm Beach Classic, Ivy posted a double-double with 27 points and 16 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech. As a sophomore, he produced career-bests with 18.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Originally a native of St. Louis, Mo., he now lives in Clinton, Md.