NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Richmond Hall of Famer Johnny Newman was named to the Atlantic 10 Conference's Inaugural Men's Basketball Legends, which honors a former student-athlete or coach who made an immeasurable impact on each A-10 institution and its basketball program.
Even though Newman played for Richmond prior to its days in the Atlantic 10, it is his accomplishments during his career as the school's all-time leading scorer that helped take Richmond basketball to new heights. Newman led the Spiders to their first two NCAA Tournaments, including a win over Charles Barkley-led Auburn in 1984.
"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."
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.
Newman was a three-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American scorer with 2,383 points and he did that prior to the three-point line. The Danville, Va. native shot 53.2 percent from the field for his career and finished as Richmond's all-time leader in free throw percentage (.895).
He led the team in scoring in each of his four seasons and was named to eight All-Tournament teams, including Most Valuable Player in the 1984 CAA Tournament. He was a two-time captain, twice named First Team All-State, a three-time CAA All-Conference selection and was conference Player of the Year in 1984.
Newman was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 29th overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. He scored 12,740 points in a 17-year career, including a then-franchise single-game record 41 points for the Charlotte Hornets. He also played for the Milwaukee Bucks, the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks.
In an unrelated acknowledgement, Newman will be honored at next Thursday's home game against VCU as part of the Spiders' 100th Season Celebration.