George Mason basketball standouts Keri Chaconas and Lamar Butler have been chosen to represent the Patriots in the Atlantic 10 Conference Basketball Legends class of 2014. The Atlantic 10 Conference announced Thursday its annual Basketball Legends. The 2014 class includes 26 former men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes and coaches who made an immeasurable impact on each A-10 institution and their respective basketball programs.
Lamar Butler (2001-06) was the face of Mason basketball during the Patriots run to the 2006 NCAA Final Four. The Patriots, an 11th seed, tied the record for lowest seed to reach the Final Four. The 6-2 guard, won the Washington, DC Regional’s Most Outstanding Player award, scoring 14 points against Wichita State and 19 points against top-seeded UConn.
The Fort Washington, Md, native is the program’s all-time 3-point FG leader with a career 295 treys. He is 13th all-time in scoring with 1,488 points, finishing with an average of 12.1 points in 123 career games. He was an All-CAA Rookie Team selection in 2001-02 and earned second-team All-CAA honors in 2004-05.
Keri Chaconas, a 1996 graduate of George Mason, is the all-time leading scorer with 1,747 points. Playing in the Colonial Athletic Association, she earned first-team All-CAA honors twice, named second-team All-CAA as a sophomore and was named to the All-Rookie Team. She led the Patriots to 21 wins during the 1993-94 season, the most in Mason history, finishing as runner-ups to powerhouse Old Dominion in the CAA Championship.
In addition, the 5-9 guard ranks first in 3-point field goals made with 218 and free throw percentage (.815), and is ranked fourth in all-time assist (439). She owns the individual single game scoring record having scored 51 points against East Carolina in 1995. A native of Annandale, VA, Chaconas played for the WNBA Washington Mystics before finishing her professional career overseas.
“It is a pleasure and honor to welcome and congratulate the 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Legends,” stated Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “They have distinguished themselves as leaders who have contributed greatly to their University and the A-10 in building the foundation of a great basketball tradition. It is my wish that each of them enjoy this award, as it is an honor well deserved!”
The Men’s Basketball Legends will be honored on March 15 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. prior to the 2014 Men’s Basketball Championship semifinals. The group will be saluted during a celebration awards brunch in the 40/40 Club, beginning at 10:30 a.m. prior to the A-10 men’s semifinal games.
The Women’s Basketball Legends will be recognized with a brunch on Friday, March 7 prior to the A-10 Championship quarterfinals. The event will take place at the Richmond Marriot beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Each institution selected its two Legends. The group consists of former student-athletes and coaches who played or coached basketball at current A-10 member institutions.
The men’s group includes 13 former student-athletes, nine of which went on to play in the NBA, with two winning World Championships and one Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee (Ed Macauley of Saint Louis). These Legends combined for seven All-American selections, two National Player of the Year awards and includes a pair of players who later returned to their alma maters to serve as head coaches.
The women’s honorees include former student-athletes that led their teams to conference championships, NCAA Tournament selections and WNIT appearances. The group includes a National Champion head coach, four former professionals, including a pair of WNBA members along with All-Americans, A-10 Players of the Year and a Regional NCAA Woman of the Year honoree.
A limited number of brunch tickets are available to the general public. For more information please contact the Atlantic 10 Conference at 757-706-3041.