NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Two of the greatest players to ever don VCU basketball uniforms were honored this week with the Atlantic 10 Conference announcing its Inaugural Men's and Women's Basketball Legends.
Longtime NBA Pro Gerald Henderson will be VCU's honoree on the men's side, while one of the players that helped usher in a new era of VCU women's hoops, Cyndy Wilks, will be the Rams' honoree on the women's side.
Henderson is the 11th-leading scorer in VCU history, scoring 1,542 points during his four-year career. A 6-2 guard, he helped the Rams post a 70-35 record including a 24-5 mark in his fi nal season, the highest win percentage in school history. During his career at VCU, he scored 30 points on two occasions and he still ranks eighth in career scoring average at VCU. His 245 fi eld goals made in a career is still the fifth-highest by a Rams player. Henderson went on to play 13 years in the NBA winning four NBA titles.
The Men's Basketball Legends will be honored on March 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. prior to the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship semifinals. The women's class will be announced Wednesday. Each honoree will be saluted during a celebration awards brunch in the 40/40 Club, beginning at 11 am prior to the A-10 men's semifinal games.
The group includes 11 former players, three head coaches and two individuals that were both a player and a coach for their respective institutions. The impressive list includes several nationally recognized names and four members of the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame (Tony Hinkle, Red Auerbach, Tom Gola, John Chaney).
"The considerable contributions each of these gentlemen made to their institution and its basketball program played an important role in shaping the foundation of men's basketball in the Atlantic 10," stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "Whether it was building a program that eventually became a founding member or furthering the conference as it grew into a basketball power, each of the honorees is a part of the fabric of A-10 history and we're thrilled to be able to honor them."
Cyndy Wilks is the seventh-leading scorer in VCU history, scoring 1,451 points in a four-year career. During her career at VCU, she scored 30 points on three occasions. Wilks led the team in scoring her senior year averaging 22.1 points per game, which at the time was the highest average in school history. She ranks second at VCU in 3-pointers made with 181. Wilks was rewarded for her play during her senior season earning conference player of the year.
The Women's Basketball Legends will be honored on March 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the morning of the 2013 A-10 Women's Basketball Championship finals. Each honoree will be recognized during an awards brunch in the 40/40 Club, beginning at 11 am.
Each institution selected its Legend. The group is made up entirely of former players, all of which began their careers in 1976 or later. They represent 10 states and one foreign country and there are six All-Americans and three Academic All-Americans among the honorees.
"I congratulate our inaugural class of Atlantic 10 Legends. These women have been instrumental in establishing the outstanding history of the A-10 women's basketball programs," McGlade said. "Individually each legend has become a role model for others as they competed and benefited from Title IX to elevate women's basketball within the A-10 and nationally. They are a credit to their institutions, the league and are deserving of this honor on behalf of the Atlantic 10 Conference. "