Sept. 26, 2002
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary Basketball Team was announced today by Commissioner John Swofford. The 50-member team was voted on by a 120-member blue-ribbon committee that was selected by the league’s 50th Anniversary Committee.
North Carolina led all league schools with 12 members on the Golden Anniversary team while Duke was second with 11 honorees. Maryland had eight players selected, followed by Wake Forest (5), Georgia Tech and NC State (4), Virginia (3), Clemson (2) and South Carolina with one. The 50th Anniversary team includes:
17 players who earned National Player of the Year honors atotal of 22 times. 27 players who earned consensus 1st teamAll-America honors a total of 38 times. 18 players who werethree-time first-team All-ACC selections. 48 players were firstround selections in either the annual NBA or ABA draft, including 9players who were the first overall selection in that year’s draft.7 players who earned Academic All-American honors. ClemsonSelections:
Horace Grant, Clemson (1984-1987) ACC Player of the Year, Clemson’s only ACC Player of the Year ever in basketball in 1986-87 … The ACC’s first “Triple Crown” winner, he led the ACC in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding in 1986-87 (Tim Duncan is the only other ACC player in history to do that) … Shot 65.6 percent from the field, third best in ACC history for a season and third in the nation in 1986-87 when he led the Tigers to a school record 24 wins … First Clemson player to average over 20 points per game since Butch Zatezalo in 1969-70 … Second-team All-American by AP, UPI and Sporting News his senior year, just the second Clemson player in history to be a second-team All-American … Veteran of 14 years in the NBA, he has won three World Championship Rings … first-round draft choice in 1987…still playing with the Orlando Magic
Wayne “Tree” Rollins, Clemson (1974-1977) Third-team All-American for Clemson in 1976-77 according to Associated Press … Three-time second-team All-ACC selection … Clemson’s career rebounding leader with 1311, he is fourth in ACC history … Second ranked in ACC history in blocked shots with 450, first on a per game basis … Only Clemson player to average a double-double four straight seasons … Played 18 years in the NBA…now the head coach of the Greenville Groove of the NBA Development League.
The ACC’s 50th Anniversary Basketball team, in alphabetical order, is as follows:
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