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Terps legend Lucas honored at ACC Tournament

Posted on 16 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland men’s basketball legend John Lucas was honored at this year’s ACC’s Men’s Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. as part of the 2014 ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Class Saturday afternoon.

“I had not been back to Maryland for a while,” Lucas said. “The way that Kevin Anderson has reengaged Coach Driesell and welcomed us back to the program is special. I have lots of great memories as a Terrapin.  It is an honor to be amongst this special group. ”

The celebration of legendary ACC athletes began at the annual ACC Legends Brunch and continued into halftime of the first semifinal game, when Lucas and fellow legends were introduced to the crowd.

Under head coach Lefty Driesell, Lucas established himself as one of the greatest Maryland basketball players of all time. During his first year at Maryland, Lucas was named to the first-team All-ACC Tournament team and is one of only 24 ACC basketball players to be named first-team All-ACC three straight years. The sensational point guard was also a first-team consensus All-America in both his junior and senior year.

The Houston Rockets selected Lucas with the first overall pick in the 1976 NBA Draft. During a 14-year NBA career, Lucas played for five teams, totaling 9,951 points and 6,451 assists.

Besides his successes on the court, Lucas excelled as a tennis player for Maryland, where he won ACC number one singles championship twice in 1974 and 1976, before being named the McKelvin Award winner as the conference’s top all-around athlete.

Lucas, a North Carolina native, now lives in Houston, Texas and was most recently a World Team Tennis player and a coach of the Houston Wranglers.

More on John Lucas……Lucas was a key player in what is regarded as the greatest ACC Basketball Game of all-time, a 103-100 Maryland overtime loss to eventual National Champion N.C. State in the 1974 ACC Tournament Championship. Besides the Houston Rockets, Lucas also played for Golden State, Washington, Milwaukee, and Seattle. Lucas also competed professionally in several Grand Prix Tournaments.

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Gary Williams to join ACC Legends class

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Former Maryland head coach Gary Williams will be one of 13 members of the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Legends Class, league commissioner John Swofford announced Thursday.

 

Williams, who led the Terrapins to the 2002 National Championships and to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances in his 22 seasons at College Park, is one of two coaches in the class, joining former Wake Forest coach Carl Tracy.

 

Also included on the team is a member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary basketball team, six former All-Americas, three former All-ACC selections, six former NBA Draft selections and four players who led their teams to five ACC Championships.

 

Making up the rest of the class are: former ACC Commissioner Gene Corrigan;  Boston College’s Gerry Ward; Clemson’s Terrell McIntyre; Duke’s Trajan Langdon; Georgia Tech point guard Mark Price; Florida State’s Tharon Mayes; Miami’s Mike Wittman; North Carolina’s Mike O’Koren; NC State’s Dereck Whittenburg; Virginia’s Travis Watson; and Virginia Tech’s Ace Custis.

 

One of the most respected coaches in ACC history, Williams took over the Maryland program in 1990 and rebuilt the Terrapins into a national basketball powerhouse. In all, he won 461 games in 22 seasons at his alma mater, posting a 461-252 (.647) to become the winningest coach in Terrapin history.

 

Known for his fiery coaching style, Williams led Maryland to 14 NCAA appearances, including two Final Four appearances. He was named National Coach of the Year after leading Maryland to the 2002 NCAA National Championship, the first ever for the school. He was twice named ACC Coach of the Year (2002, 2010) and led the Terps to the 2004 ACC Tournament Championship.

 

A native of Collingswood, N.J., Williams played three seasons at Maryland (1964-67) as a point guard for Coach Bud Millikan and was named team captain in his senior season of 1967.

 

He graduated in 1968 with a degree in Marketing and spent three seasons as a high school coach before beginning his college coaching career as an assistant at Lafayette (1972-73) and Boston College (1973-78). He then served as a head coach at American University (1978-82), Boston College (1982-86) and Ohio State (1986-89) before taking over at Maryland.

 

He has an overall coaching record of 668-380 (.637) for 33 seasons and ranks 34th on the NCAA’s all-time wins list. In all, he led his teams to 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and 8 trips to the NIT. He finished his career ranked 3rd among all ACC coaches in total wins and ACC victories trailing only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Dean Smith.

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