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Dave Bing will represent Syracuse in the 2014 ACC Legends Class at the ACC Tournament

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GREENSBORO, N.C.—One of the most successful coaches in Atlantic Coast Conference history, a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, a former ACC Athlete of the Year and a former ACC Basketball Player of the Year history headline the 2014 ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Class announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford. Leading the way is former Syracuse sharpshooting guard Dave Bing (Washington, D.C.), who was a consensus All-America for the Orange and a seven-time NBA All-Star while earning selection to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Bing (1962-66) is one of the most explosive offensive players in Syracuse and NBA history. The quintessential lead guard, he led Syracuse in scoring in each of his three varsity seasons. He averaged 22.2 points per game as a sophomore in 1964, 23.2 points as a junior in 1965 and 28.4 points as a senior in 1966. In his final season, he ranked fifth in the nation in scoring and became Syracuse’ first consensus All-America in basketball in 39 years. With freshmen not eligible for varsity competition, he played just three seasons but still ranks ninth on Syracuse’ career scoring list with 1,883 points. He averaged 24.8 points per game for his career. A former roommate and teammate of current Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, he joined with Jimmy Walker to give Syracuse one of the most, if not the most, potent backcourts in the nation. He helped lead the Orange to a 52-24 record, one appearance in the NIT and one in the NCAA Tournament. Bing was the second person selected in the 1966 NBA Draft. Chosen by the Detroit Pistons, he went on to play 12 years in the NBA, the first nine with Detroit. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star and the MVP of the 1976 All-Star Game. He finished his professional career having scored 18,327 points, averaging 20.3 points per game. Named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary Team, he twice was named to the All-NBA First Team and led the league in scoring in 1968. His jersey, No. 21, was retired by the Pistons. In 1977, he was presented by the NBA with the prestigious J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his community service. He finished his NBA career with short stints with Washington and the Boston Celtics. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990. After retirement from basketball, he started his own successful company, Bing Steel which transformed to the Bing Group, a conglomerate headquartered in Detroit. In 2009, he was presented with the National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award. Also that year, he was elected mayor of Detroit and served in that capacity until this past December. Originally a native of Washington, D.C., he resides in Detroit. The Legends will be honored at this year’s ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament in Greensboro at the annual ACC Basketball Legends Brunch, which will be held on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Guilford Ballroom of the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel. The event will include a short autograph session with the Legends at the conclusion of the Brunch. Tickets for the ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Brunch are priced at $35 each, and tables of 10 are available for $350 each. Information on purchasing tickets may be obtained at the official ACC website—http://theacc.co/MBB14legendstix

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