The Atlantic 10 Conference announced its Inaugural Men's Basketball Legends. The 2013 class includes 16 former men's basketball student-athletes and coaches who made an immeasurable impact on each A-10 institution and its basketball program. Former Charlotte 49ers and Boston Celtics great Cedric "Conrnbread" Maxwell is the 49ers representative on the A-10 Men's Basketball Legends.
"The considerable contributions each of these gentlemen made to their institution and its basketball program played an important role in shaping the foundation of men's basketball in the Atlantic 10," stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "Whether it was building a program that eventually became a founding member or furthering the conference as it grew into a basketball power, each of the honorees is a part of the fabric of A-10 history and we're thrilled to be able to honor them."
Maxwell, is Charlotte's lone first team All-American, led the 49ers to the 1977 NCAA Final Four in the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. He completed his career with 1,821 career points and a still-standing school record of 1,117 career rebounds.
He averaged a double-double of 22.2 points and 12.1 rebounds while shooting 64 percent from the field during that Final Four season and the 690 points he scored remain a single-season school record.
Maxwell was named the 1977 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and the 1977 Sun Belt Conference Tournament MVP as the 49ers claimed the league's first title. Chosen to the Sun Belt's All-Decade team for the league's first 10 years from 1977 to 1986, Maxwell was also named the Sun Belt's All-Time Player during the league's 30th Anniversary Celebration in 2006.
In postseason play, Maxwell was named MVP of the 1976 NIT and Mideast Regional MVP in the 1977 NCAA Tournament. With a 16.3 career scoring average and a 10.0 rebounding average, he is the only player in 49ers history that averaged a double-double in his career.
In addition, Maxwell has the distinction of winning every home game during his four year career, going 58-0 as the 49ers won 61 straight at home.
He went on to enjoy an 11-year NBA career, notably with the Boston Celtics. In 1981, Maxwell was named the MVP of the NBA Finals after leading the Celtics to the NBA World Championship. His number was retired by the 49ers in 1977 and his Celtics jersey was added to the rafters of the Boston Garden in 2003.
The Men's Basketball Legends will be honored on March 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. prior to the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship semifinals. The women's class will be announced Wednesday. Each honoree will be saluted during a celebration awards brunch in the 40/40 Club, beginning at 11 am prior to the A-10 men's semifinal games.
The group includes 11 former players, three head coaches and two individuals that were both a player and a coach for their respective institutions. The impressive list includes several nationally recognized names and four members of the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame (Tony Hinkle, Red Auerbach, Tom Gola, John Chaney).