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Gerry Ward Named ACC Legend

Jan. 31, 2013

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Former men's basketball standout Gerry Ward has been named Boston College's representative in the 2013 ACC Men's Basketball Legends Class, announced Thursday by Commissioner John Swofford.

Ward started at forward for three seasons and averaged in double figures each year. He averaged a then-school record 20.0 points per game as a senior in 1963. His total of 1,112 career points still ranks 33rd on the Boston College all-time list and was the school's third-best career total when he finished his career. Ward shot .525 from the field, which was also a school record at the time.

Ward was equally as productive on the glass. His career rebounding average of 13.3 per contest is the second-best in school history and his 947 career rebounds rank sixth. His three single-season rebound averages rank among the top eight single seasons in BC history.

After averaging 20.0 points and 12.4 rebounds as a senior, he was named a third-team All-America and an Academic All-America first-team honoree. After graduation, he was drafted in the first round of the 1963 NBA Draft as the fifth overall selection by the St. Louis Hawks.

Ward played four seasons in the NBA as a guard for the Hawks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls, averaging 3.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He was a member of the 1965 World Champion Boston Celtics.

Ward is a member of the Boston College Varsity Hall of Fame and his jersey was retired by Boston College in 2007.

The Legends will be honored at this year's ACC's Men's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., March 14-17. They will be feted at the annual ACC Legends Brunch, which will be held Saturday, March 16, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Guilford Ballroom of the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel, and, later that day, will be introduced to the Greensboro Coliseum crowd at halftime of the first semifinal game. Ticket information for the ACC Legends Brunch is available on the ACC website at

The complete 2013 legends class includes: Gene Corrigan (ACC), Terrell McIntyre (Clemson), Tragan Langdon (Duke), Tharon Mayes (Florida State), Mark Price (Georgia Tech), Gary Williams (Maryland), Mike Wittman (Miami), Mike O'Koren (North Carolina), Dereck Whittenburg (NC State), Travis Watson (Virginia), Ace Custis (Virginia Tech) and Carl Tacy (Wake Forest).

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