Sihugo Green, Candace Futrell now "A10 Legends"


A-10 LogoThe Atlantic 10 recently announced their 2014 class of “Basketball Legends,” a group comprised of one male and one female player from each school. The players were selected by each institution.

Sihugo Green, a huge star for Duquesne basketball, was the first overall pick in the 1956 NBA draft. He was also a first-team All American selection twice. Most importantly, he was an instrumental part of the Dukes national championship win in the NIT – at a time when the NIT was a far more important tournament than the NCAA.

If you’d like to relive some of that history, look no further than this wonderful 2005 article from former beat writer Phil Axelrod from 2005 – the 50th anniversary of that historic win for the program.

Candace Futrell was a star guard for the Dukes in the early 2000s. A dominant player, Candace was the 2nd leading scorer in the history of the program with an impressive 1668 points. She was drafted into the WNBA but played just one season for the Connecticut Sun.

For more information, check out the GoDuquesne.com article linked here.

On a separate note, the methodology for the “Legends” team is interesting to me. Certainly schools will nominate their own legends, and we can trust that they will stick to storied players who were meaningful to their respective programs.

And I’m all for inclusiveness – each school has their own legends.

Except the conference realignment has created some interesting situations. Because if we’re going to be realistic about it, GMU’s Lamar Butler – while instrumental in GMU’s Final Four run – is in no way an Atlantic 10 Legend. I’m not saying that he’s a bad player, because he wasn’t. I’m saying that this A10 Legends team includes players who played for their school before they were involved in the Atlantic 10, or it’s predecessor.

I don’t know what the solution is, but it seems odd. It would be like the Washington Capitals retiring Jaromir Jagr’s number because of his successful tenure in Pittsburgh. I just can’t take the list seriously.

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