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GREENSBORO, N.C.Former Virginia standout guard Richard Morgan is the Cavaliers’ 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Legend. ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Tuesday (Feb. 17) the 2009 ACC Basketball Legends who will be honored at the ACC Tournament next month. The tournament is scheduled for March 12-15 in Atlanta, Ga.

The 2009 ACC Tournament Legends also include Danya Abrams (Boston College), Randy Mahaffey (Clemson), Jim Spanarkel (Duke), Ron King (Florida State), Brian Oliver (Georgia Tech), Al Bunge (Maryland), Bill Foster (Miami), Charlie Scott (North Carolina), Monte Towe (NC State), John Wetzel (Virginia Tech) and Frank Johnson (Wake Forest).

Morgan lettered four times for the Cavaliers from 1986-89 and was a three-year starter. He ranks eighth on Virginia’s career steals list (160), 10th on the career field goals made list (605) and 15th on UVa’s all-time scoring list with 1,540 points.

Morgan was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and an honorable mention selection to The Sporting News’ All-America team as a senior in 1989 when he was a team captain. He led the Cavaliers in scoring (20.4 ppg.), free throw percentage (86.4 percent, 121-140) and steals (55) for the 1988-89 season, and was fourth in rebounding (4.1 rpg.). Morgan led the ACC in free throw percentage that season and was fourth in scoring. The 673 points he scored during the 1988-89 season ranks fourth on UVa’s single-season scoring list.

He scored in double figures in 32 of Virginia’s 33 games in 1988-89, scored at least 20 points in 16 games that season and scored at least 30 points in five games. He scored a career-high 39 points against North Carolina on Jan. 15, 1989, at Virginia’s University Hall.

Morgan averaged 12.3 points a game in 1986-87 and 10.1 points a game in 1987-88. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Week three times as a freshman during the 1985-86 season.

He led the Cavaliers in steals and three-point field goals for three seasons during his career and scored in double figures 76 times.

Virginia participated in the NCAA Tournament three times during Morgan’s career, reaching the Midwest Regional finals his senior season in 1989.

A native of Salem, Va., Morgan is now an assistant basketball coach at Appalachian State in Boone, N.C.

The ACC Legends will be honored at the annual ACC Basketball Legends Brunch scheduled for March 14. The brunch is hosted by television personalities Tim Brant and Mike Hogewood at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets, priced at $35 each or tables of 10 for $350 each, can be obtained by calling 404/586-8470 or by going to the ACC website at

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