Adrian Dantley an ACC Legend


Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

One of the best Notre Dame men's basketball players to ever come out of the Washington, D.C., area will be honored in March when the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament commences in the nation's capital.

Washington native Adrian Dantley, who ranks third in Notre Dame school history in scoring with 2,223 points, is part of the 2016 ACC Legends class as announced Thursday by the league.

Dantley, who was a standout at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., played three years at Notre Dame before becoming a first-round NBA draft pick in 1976.

Dantley joins former Irish standouts Pat Garrity (2014) and Troy Murphy (2015) as part of the ACC Legends series. This year's group also includes Derrick Coleman (Syracuse), Charles Smith (Pittsburgh), Spud Webb (North Carolina State), Jay Williams (Duke) and James Worthy (North Carolina). They will be honored during the ACC tournament, which runs March 8-12 at Verizon Center in downtown Washington.

The group will participate in the ACC Legends Luncheon, set for Friday, March 11 at the Washington Marriott Marquis. Ticket information can be found at

The group also will be introduced at halftime of the first tournament semifinal game Friday night.

Dantley, who still lives in the Washington area, averaged 25.8 points in his collegiate career. That ranks second in school history. He still ranks first in school history for free throws made (615) and attempted (769).

The 60-year-old Dantley was enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2012, he was inducted into the Notre Dame Ring of Honor.

Former Notre Dame standout Adrian Dantley is part of this year's Atlantic Coast Conference Legends Class, who will be honored in March at the league tournament.Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN