Jim Valvano Named ACC Legend

GREENSBORO N.C. - Former NC State men's basketball coach Jim Valvano, who led NC State to its second national championship in 1983, joins 14 former standout players in this this year’s class of Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Legends presented by New York Life.

Former NC State men's basketball coach Jim Valvano, who led NC State to its second national championship in 1983, joins 14 former standout players in this this year’s class of Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Legends presented by New York Life.
The Legends will be recognized during the 2017 New York Life ACC Tournament, which will be held March 7-11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

 

An ultimate motivator and master of in-game adjustments, Valvano and his underdog Wolfpack – led by the senior trio of Sidney Lowe, Thurl Bailey and Derek Whittenburg – captured the imaginations of basketball fans everywhere during their improbable march to the 1983 NCAA Championship. 

The national title followed an almost equally storybook-like ACC Tournament in which NC State took home the championship trophy following an overtime win over fifth-ranked and defending NCAA champion North Carolina in the semifinals, followed by a win over No. 2 Virginia and three-time National Player of the Year Ralph Sampson the following day. 

In 1987, Valvano led the sixth-seeded Wolfpack to another ACC Tournament crown, engineering a postseason turnaround that again defied the odds. 

Valvano, who compiled a 209-114 record in 10 seasons at NC State, later became a leader in the fight against cancer before the disease claimed his life in 1993. The Jimmy V Foundation, which he co-founded prior to his death, 
has awarded over $170 million in cancer research grants nationwide and has grown to become one of the premier supporters of cutting-edge cancer research funds.

The 2017 ACC Legends Class:

Troy Bell, Boston College

Edward Scott, Clemson

Shelden Williams, Duke

Tim Pickett, Florida State

Matt Harpring, Georgia Tech

Rodney McCray, Louisville

Wayne Beckner, Miami

Antawn Jamison, North Carolina

Jim Valvano, NC State

Gary Brokaw, Notre Dame

Curtis Aiken, Pitt

Pearl Washington, Syracuse

Junior Burrough, Virginia

Bobby Beecher, Virginia Tech

Josh Howard, Wake Forest


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