Norman Nolan is Virginia's 2016 ACC Tournament Legend
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Former Virginia forward Norman Nolan is the Cavaliers’ 2016 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Legend, announced Thursday (Jan. 28) by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
The 2016 Legends, who will be recognized during the 2016 New York Life ACC Tournament from March 8-12 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., also include Jim Hooley (Boston College), Grayson Marshall (Clemson), Jason Williams (Duke), Rowland Garrett (Florida State), BJ Elder (Georgia Tech), Darrell Griffith (Louisville), John Salmons (Miami), James Worthy (North Carolina), Anthony “Spud” Webb (NC State), Adrian Dantley (Notre Dame), Charles Smith (Pitt), Derrick Coleman (Syracuse), Howard Pardue (Virginia Tech) and Dave Odom (Wake Forest).
This year’s ACC Legends class includes four National Players of the Year, two Final Four MVPs, three national championship team members, two ACC Tournament MVPs and a National Coach of the Year.
Nolan starred at Virginia from 1995-98, amassing 1,329 career points and ranking 10th on UVA’s all-time rebounding list with 765 in 121 games. The Baltimore native enjoyed a breakout senior season at UVA in 1998, averaging 21 points and pulling down 9.2 rebounds per game. He earned All-ACC Second-Team honors in 1998 and was a three-time ACC Player of the Week selection.
Nolan’s 21.0 points per game his senior year ranked as the highest average by a Cavalier since Jeff Lamp led the ACC with a 22.9 scoring average in 1978-79. In addition to his impressive scoring and rebounding numbers, Nolan also finished fourth in the ACC in 1998 in field goal percentage (52.4) and minutes played (35.9), and fifth in offensive rebounds (2.9 rpg). He scored 20 or more points in 17 games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 17 games.
Nolan helped Virginia to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths, including an Elite Eight appearance in 1995. Nolan spent more than a decade playing professionally at the international level.
The Legends will be featured at the annual ACC Legends Luncheon, which will be held Friday, March 11, beginning at noon at the Washington Marriott Marquis hotel. They will then be introduced that evening to the Verizon Center crowd during halftime of the first semifinal game. Ticket information for the ACC Legends Luncheon is available at theACC.com.