Men's Basketball

Atlantic 10 Conference Announces 2014 Basketball Legends

Octavia Thomas scored 1,791 points and pulled down 903 rebounds during her four seasons at UMass.

Octavia Thomas scored 1,791 points and pulled down 903 rebounds during her four seasons at UMass.

Jan. 28, 2014

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Atlantic 10 Conference announced Thursday its annual Basketball Legends. The 2014 class includes 26 former men's and women's basketball student-athletes and coaches who made an immeasurable impact on each A-10 institution and their respective basketball programs.

"It is a pleasure and honor to welcome and congratulate the 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Legends," stated Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "They have distinguished themselves as leaders who have contributed greatly to their University and the A-10 in building the foundation of a great basketball tradition. It is my wish that each of them enjoy this award, as it is an honor well deserved!"

Octavia Thomas provided UMass women's basketball with 1,791 points and 903 rebounds during her four-year career as she led the Minutewmoen to the 1995 WNIT and 1996 NCAA Tournament. George "Trigger" Burke was an all-America selection in 1956 as he also took in All-East, All-New England, All-Yankee Conference and all-Boston Garden.

The Women's Basketball Legends will be recognized with a brunch on Friday, March 7 prior to the A-10 Championship quarterfinals. The event will take place at the Richmond Marriot beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Men's Basketball Legends will be honored on March 15 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. prior to the 2014 Men's Basketball Championship semifinals. The group will be saluted during a celebration awards brunch in the 40/40 Club, beginning at 10:30 a.m. prior to the A-10 men's semifinal games.

Each institution selected its two Legends. The group consists of former student-athletes and coaches who played or coached basketball at current A-10 member institutions.

The men's group includes 13 former student-athletes, nine of which went on to play in the NBA, with two winning World Championships and one Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee (Ed Macauley of Saint Louis). These Legends combined for seven All-American selections, two National Player of the Year awards and includes a pair of players who later returned to their alma maters to serve as head coaches.



The women's honorees include former student-athletes that led their teams to conference championships, NCAA Tournament selections and WNIT appearances. The group includes a National Champion head coach, four former professionals, including a pair of WNBA members along with All-Americans, A-10 Players of the Year and a Regional NCAA Woman of the Year honoree.

A limited number of brunch tickets are available to the general public. For more information please contact the Atlantic 10 Conference at 757-706-3041.

About the A-10
The Atlantic 10 Conference was formed in 1976 and consists of 13 diverse members across seven states and Washington, D.C. The membership consists of University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph's University, Saint Louis University and Virginia Commonwealth University. The mission and goal of the Atlantic 10 is to provide an enhanced student-athlete experience through 21 nationally competitive championship sports, while securing strong brand, equity, and revenue resources for its member institutions. The conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for its student-athletes, coaches, and staff.

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