Jan. 28, 2016
Greensboro, N.C. – B.J. Elder, the top scorer on Georgia Tech’s 2004 NCAA runner-up team, is one of fourteen former standout players and a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year that 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 will be held 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. Ticket information for the ACC Legends Luncheon is available at theACC.com and at the end of this release.
This year’s ACC Legends class includes four National Players of the Year, two Final Four MVPs, three national championship team members, two ACC Tournament MVPs and a National Coach of the Year.
One of the most prolific 3-point shooters in school history, the 6-foot-4 Elder made his mark on the 2004 Georgia Tech team that reached the NCAA Championship game. He was named a Wooden Award finalist that season, in which he placed seventh among ACC scorers at 14.9 points per game and shot 78 percent from the foul line. Elder was an honorable mention All-America selection by the Associated Press that season, and was also named All-District 4 by the USBWA, All-District 5 by the NABC and was one of the final 20 candidates for the Wooden Award All-America team. The Madison, Georgia, native was voted to All-ACC Freshman team in 2002 and placed third in ACC Freshman of the Year voting. He went on to twice earn All-ACC honors. Despite a hamstring injury that forced him to miss nine full games his senior year and hampered him throughout the remainder of the season, Elder finished his collegiate career with 1,616 points to rank 13th on the Yellow Jackets’ all-time scoring list. He finished fourth on the school’s all-time in 3-point field goals with 222, twice connecting on seven in a single game.
Elder, who attended Morgan County High School in Madison, Ga., went on to enjoy a successful 10-professional career in Europe, retiring following the 2014-15 season. He earned his bachelor’s degree in management from Tech in December of 2012.
He joins a class that includes 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; and Dave Odom, Head Coach, Wake Forest.
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