Men's Basketball

Lou Roe Named To Inaugural Atlantic 10 Basketball Legends Class

Lou Roe scored 1,905 points and grabbed 1,070 rebounds while at UMass.

Lou Roe scored 1,905 points and grabbed 1,070 rebounds while at UMass.

Jan. 15, 2013

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Atlantic 10 Conference announced Tuesday its Inaugural Men's Basketball Legends which include former Massachusetts All-America Lou Roe. The 2013 class includes 16 former men's basketball student-athletes and coaches who made an immeasurable impact on each A-10 institution and its basketball program.

"The considerable contributions each of these gentlemen made to their institution and its basketball program played an important role in shaping the foundation of men's basketball in the Atlantic 10," stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "Whether it was building a program that eventually became a founding member or furthering the conference as it grew into a basketball power, each of the honorees is a part of the fabric of A-10 history and we're thrilled to be able to honor them."

The Men's Basketball Legends will be honored on March 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. prior to the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship semifinals. The women's class will be announced Wednesday. Each honoree will be saluted during a celebration awards brunch in the 40/40 Club, beginning at 11 am prior to the A-10 men's semifinal games.

The group includes 11 former players, three head coaches and two individuals that were both a player and a coach for their respective institutions. The impressive list includes several nationally recognized names and four members of the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame (Tony Hinkle, Red Auerbach, Tom Gola, John Chaney).

Lou Roe
Lou Roe is the fourth-leading scorer in UMass history, scoring 1,905 points in his four-year career. A 6-7 forward, he was the first consensus All-American at UMass and the first player to earn Atlantic 10 All-Tournament honors four times. In addition to being a three-time fi rst team All-Atlantic 10 selection, Roe finished his career as UMass' career leader in rebounds, games played, free throws made and free throws attempted. He is one of only two players in school history to total over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in their career. Roe also led the Minutemen to a 111-24 record and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In 1995, he was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Atlantic 10 Championship MVP. Roe's 1995 Minutemen also made the school's fi rst appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight, while being ranked No. 1 in the nation for the fi rst time in school history, a spot which they held on to for fi ve weeks. Roe is a native of Atlantic City, N.J. and played professionally in the NBA, Europe, Asia and South America for 17 years before returning to UMass to complete his degree.



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