Legends Class of 2015 Includes Hall of Famers, All-Americans, Professional Players

By Atlantic 10 Conference
Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— Eleven All-Americans and 10 professional players are among the Atlantic 10 Conference’s 28-member Legends Class of 2015, the league announced today. “The Atlantic 10 is pleased to honor the 2015 Legends class and congratulate them on their accomplishments,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “Their contributions to the basketball legacy at their institutions helped lay the groundwork for establishing the Atlantic 10 as a premier basketball league. I congratulate each of them on their distinguished careers that have led to this great accolade.”

The Women’s Basketball Legends will be saluted with a breakfast on Friday, March 6 prior to the 2015 A-10 Women’s Basketball Championship quarterfinals. The event will take place at the Richmond Marriott beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The Men’s Basketball Legends will be honored on March 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., prior to the 2015 Men’s Basketball Championship semifinals. The celebration awards brunch will be in the 40/40 Club, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The Legends program was established in 2013 to recognize men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes and coaches who have made a lasting impact on their respective basketball programs and institutions. This year marks the third class the Atlantic 10 has inducted. Each year, A-10 member institutions selected their two Legends. Previous honorees have included Basketball Hall of Fame members, national champions, Olympians, and professional players.

The 2015 Men’s Legends class boasts 12 former student-athletes and two coaches. Eight of the players went on to play professionally in either the NBA or ABA. The group also includes eight All-Americans, one National Newcomer of the Year and one Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member (Frank Keaney, Rhode Island). In addition, eight of the men’s legends are also in their respective institutional athletics Hall of Fame.

The 2015 Women’s Legends, all former student-athletes, led their teams to conference championships, NCAA Tournament selections and WNIT appearances. The group includes two players that went on to play in the WNBA, three All-Americans, two Academic All-Americans and six players that are now in their institutional Hall of Fame. 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.

2015 Atlantic 10 Legends Class

Men’s Basketball Legends  
School Legend Years Attended/Coached
Davidson Fred Hetzel 1962-65
Dayton Don May 1964-68
Duquesne Willie Somerset 1962-65
Fordham Charlie Yelverton 1968-71
George Mason Rob Rose 1982-86
George Washington Mike Brown 1981-85
La Salle Larry Cannon 1965-69
Massachusetts Lari Ketner* 1996-99
Rhode Island Frank Keaney* 1920-48
Richmond Dick Tarrant 1981-93
St. Bonaventure Larry Weise 1961-73
Saint Joseph's Rodney Blake 1984-88
Saint Louis Erwin Claggett 1991-95
VCU Calvin Duncan 1981-85
Women’s Basketball Legends  
School Legend Years Attended/Coached
Davidson Jennifer O'Brien 1996-2000
Dayton Donna Burks 1981-85
Duquesne Korie Hlede 1994-98
Fordham Mary Hayes-Haas 1975-79
George Mason Jen Derevjanik 2000-04
George Washington Kimberly Beck 2004-08
La Salle Linda Hester 1982-86
Massachusetts Jennifer Butler-Roome 1999-03
Rhode Island Naomi Graves 1978-82
Richmond Laurie Governor Curtis 1984-88
St. Bonaventure Megan Van Tatenhove 2008-12
Saint Joseph's Katie Curry Gardler 1989-93
Saint Louis Arlene Lampe Torre 1982-86
VCU Jacinda Alston 1993-95
*Posthumously awarded

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