The ACC continued with its annual tradition of selecting a former basketball player from each member school and declaring him an 'ACC Legend'. On Thursday, the conference tabbed former Pitt star Charles Smith as this year's selection.
I know, I get it - he never played in the ACC. That joke's been made over and over, though, so it's just not as fun.
Obviously, in looking back through Pitt's history, Smith was one of the best players in the program. He was a Big East Player of the Year, two-time All-American, and an NBA Lottery pick. His No. 32 was eventually retired by the Panthers. Yeah, so there was this unfortunate incident, but we're asking you to look beyond that, people. Overall, he was one of the best players to suit up for the program and helped get them on the map.
The legends will be recognized at this year's ACC Tournament, which is in New York. Smith, a member of the New York Knicks, should certainly get a good response.
Here's the full list of legends:
The 2016 ACC Legends Class
Jim Hooley, Forward, Boston College
Grayson Marshall, Guard, Clemson
Jason Willams, Guard, Duke
Rowland Garrett, Forward, Florida State
BJ Elder, Guard, Georgia Tech
Darrell Griffith, Guard, Louisville
John Salmons, Forward, Miami
James Worthy, Forward, North Carolina
Anthony “Spud” Webb, Guard, NC State
Adrian Dantley, Forward, Notre Dame
Charles Smith, Forward, Pitt
Derrick Coleman, Forward, Syracuse
Norman Nolan, Forward, Virginia
Howard Pardue, Forward, Virginia Tech
Dave Odom, Head Coach, Wake Forest