Hokie great Smith named '10 ACC legend
Center Chris Smith, who played at Virginia Tech from 1958 to 1961, was one of the most dominant post players of his era and considered one of the greatest players in Hokies history. And on Tuesday, he received some recognition for it.
Smith was named to the ACC's 2010 tournament legends team. Members of the team will be honored at this year’s ACC’s men's basketball tournament in Greensboro, N.C. They will be celebrated on March 13 at the annual ACC legends brunch and then will be introduced to the Greensboro Coliseum crowd at halftime of that night's first semifinal game.
Among the headliners in this year's class are former North Carolina State guard Rodney Monroe, the 1991 ACC player of the year; North Carolina center Sam Perkins, a key member of Coach Dean Smith’s first NCAA national championship in 1982; and Duke’s Jack Marin, who helped lead the Blue Devils to a pair of NCAA Final Four appearances.
Smith still holds most of Virginia Tech’s rebounding records including for a game (36), season (495 in 1959-60) and career (1,508) as well as for highest average in a season (20.4 in 1958-59) and career (17.1).
He was a three-time, first-team selection to the all-Southern Conference team. Smith, who played for Chuck Noe at Virginia Tech, helped the Hokies to a record of 62-26 in his four years in Blacksburg. A second-round selection by the Syracuse Nationals in the 1961 NBA draft, Smith passed on a professional basketball career to start his own career in business. He currently lives in his home town of Charleston, W.Va.
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