Former Clemson star Terrell McIntyre of Raeford, N.C. was among those honored Saturday as members of the ACC's 2013 men's basketball Legends class.
The Tigers' high-scoring point guard was a three-time All-ACC selection.
Topping the list of recipients was former ACC Commissioner Gene Corrigan (Keswick, Va.), who served on the NCAA's Men's Basketball Committee and oversaw the ACC for a 10-year period when the conference captured three NCAA men's basketball championships and saw 11 teams earn berths to the NCAA's Final Four. Corrigan's selection coincides with the ACC tournament's 60th anniversary celebration.
Also honored were Georgia Tech All-America point guard Mark Price (Enid, Okla.), who was the focal point of the resurgence of the Bobby Cremins-coached Georgia Tech teams of the mid-1980's; former Maryland head coach Gary Williams (Collingswood, N.J.), who led the Terrapins to the 2002 National Championships and to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances in his 22 seasons at College Park; "Gentleman" Carl Tacy (Huttonsville, W. Va.), who coached Wake Forest to six post-season appearances and 222 victories in his 13 seasons at the helm in Winston-Salem and led Wake to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1977 and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 1984;
Boston College's Gerry Ward (Bronx, N.Y.) who completed his career as the Eagles' 3rd-leading career scorer while playing for coaches Don Martin and Frank Power; Duke's Trajan Langdon (Anchorage, Alaska), one of the key cogs of the Blue Devils 1999 team which advanced to the NCAA national championship game and who was one of the most effective long-range shooters and free throw shooters in league history; Florida State's Tharon Mayes (New Haven, Conn.), who helped lead Florida State to its first back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for then coach Pat Kennedy; Miami's Mike Wittman (St. Joseph's, Michigan), who was a high-scoring forward for the record-setting Miami teams of the mid 1960's;
North Carolina's Mike O'Koren (Jersey City, N.J.), one of the most versatile players in Tar Heel history who helped lead the Dean-Smith coached teams to four NCAA appearances and ACC Championships in 1977 and 1979; NC State's Dereck Whittenburg (Washington, D.C), the author of the most famous pass/shot in NCAA Tournament history and a key member of the Jim Valvano-coached 1983 National Championship squad; Virginia's Travis Watson (Brookneal, Va.), a versatile forward who helped lead the Cavaliers to four consecutive post-season tournament appearances; and Virginia Tech's Ace Custis (Eastville, Va.), a versatile forward who led the Hokies to the Championship of the 1995 NIT and an appearance in the 1996 NCAA Tournament.
From the Fayetteville Observer's story on McIntyre:
Sporting a purple-and-white plaid shirt and orange tie with his dark suit, 5-foot-9 Terrell McIntyre stood tall as an ACC legend.
McIntyre, one of 13 people honored Saturday, attended Hoke County High School in Raeford and played at Clemson from 1995-99. The ACC's leading scorer as a senior, he ranks second in school history in career points and assists.
To be recognized for, one, the best conference in America and, two, with a bunch of great guys, the great players that were here, it was great," said the 35-year-old McIntyre, a retired pro who lives in Charlotte and aspires to become a coach.
McIntyre said he was excited to share the court with another undersized guard, Georgia Tech's Mark Price, who starred in the ACC from 1982-86. McIntyre stood directly in front of Langdon, who competed against McIntyre for three seasons in the late 1990s, and the only legend younger than them was 31-year-old Virginia alum Travis Watson.
"We're in awe of how they recognized us at such an early age," said McIntyre, who had about 20 family members and friends there to support him. "It's an honor and a blessing. For my family to be able to come from Raeford to see me, it's huge."