by ACC Media Relations
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Former Tar Heel All-America center Eric Montross headlines the 2014 ACC Men's Basketball Legends Class, announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford.
Montross led the Tar Heels to the 1993 NCAA championship and later played nearly a decade in the NBA. He now works for the UNC Rams Club and as a radio analyst with the Tar Heel Sports Network.
The 15 legends include one of the most successful coaches in Atlantic Coast Conference history, a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, a former ACC Athlete of the Year and a former ACC Basketball Player of the Year.
Included are two members of the ACC's 50th Anniversary basketball team, nine former All-Americas, seven former All-ACC selections, eight former first-round NBA Draft selections, three players who led their teams to four ACC Championships and players who led their teams to an NCAA title and one NIT Championship.
Joining Montross in the Legends class are former Virginia coach Terry Holland, Syracuse's Dave Bing, NC State's Julius Hodge, Maryland's John Lucas, Boston College's Jack Magee, Clemson's Wayne "Tree" Rollins, Florida State's Al Thornton, Miami's Steve Edwards, Georgia Tech's Travis Best, Notre Dame's Pat Garrity, Virginia Tech's Bobby Stevens, Wake Forest's Sam Ivy, PItt's Don Hennon and Duke's Gene Banks.
Montross (1990-94), a powerful seven-foot inside presence for the Tar Heels of coach Dean Smith in the 1990s, played on Tar Heel teams that won two ACC Championships and captured the 1993 National Championship. Selected a two-time first-team Wooden All-America in 1993 and 1994, he also earned second-team All-America honors by the Associated Press in both seasons. He still ranks 20th on the ACC's career list for field goal percentage, making 58.5 percent of his shots from the field for his career.
During his four years in Chapel Hill, UNC posted a record of 114-27 (.809). That included four consecutive NCAA Tournament invitations, two Final Four appearances, capped by winning the 1993 NCAA Championship, 77-71, over Michigan. A first-team All-ACC selection in 1993, he earned second team honors in his senior year of 1994. That same year, he was a finalist for the John Wooden National Player of the Year Award.
Also an excellent student, he was a consensus first-team Academic All-America as a senior. Drafted in the first round with the ninth overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 1994 NBA Draft, he played eight seasons in the NBA with Boston, Dallas, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Detroit and Toronto. He was named to the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team in 1995 and retired prior to the 2003 season due to a foot ailment.
With the Pan-American Health Organization, he co-founded an organization called Vaccine Ambassadors which distributes vaccines all over the world, especially to developing countries. He has also served as the color analyst for the North Carolina basketball radio network since 2006. He hosts an annual Father's Day Camp in Chapel Hill that raises money for the UNC Children's Hospital and is a past member of the University's General Alumni Association Board. Originally a native of Indianapolis, he now resides in Chapel Hill.
The Legends will be honored at this year's ACC's Men's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., March 12-16. They will be feted at the annual ACC Legends Brunch, which will be held Saturday, March 15, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Guilford Ballroom of the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel, and, later that day, will be introduced to the Greensboro Coliseum crowd at halftime of the first semifinal game.
Ticket information for the ACC Legends Brunch is available on the ACC website at theACC.com.