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.