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Shelden Williams Among 2017 ACC Legends Class

Shelden Williams | Photo Courtesy: Duke Athletics

Former Duke All-American and two-time National Defensive Player of the Year Shelden Williams will be part of the 2017 class of ACC Basketball Legends presented by New York Life, the league office announced Wednesday.

Affectionately known as “The Landlord,” Williams starred at Duke from 2003-06. He graduated as the program’s career leader in rebounds (1,262) and blocked shots (422), and ended his collegiate career as the first player in NCAA history to register 1,750 points, 1,250 rebounds, 400 blocks and 150 steals in a career.

The Forest Park, Okla., native set a Duke single-season record with 122 blocks as a junior in 2004-05 en route to capturing the first of his two National Defensive Player of the Year awards. Williams’ junior season also saw him become the first player under head coach Mike Krzyzewski to average a double-double (15.5 points, 11.2 rebounds), a feat he would accomplish again as a senior (18.8 points, 10.7 rebounds.

Duke retired the three-time All-American’s No. 23 jersey on Jan. 8, 2007.

The fifth pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, Williams spent six seasons in the NBA and currently works as a scout for the Brooklyn Nets.

The newest crop of ACC Legends will be recognized during the 2017 New York Life ACC Tournament, which is set for March 7-11 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

ACC Basketball Legends Class of 2017

  • Boston College: Troy Bell
  • Clemson: Edward Scott
  • Duke: Shelden Williams
  • Florida State: Tim Pickett
  • Georgia Tech: Matt Harpring
  • Louisville: Rodney McCray
  • Miami: Wayne Beckner
  • North Carolina: Antawn Jamison
  • NC State: Jim Valvano
  • Notre Dame: Gary Brokaw
  • Pittsburgh: Curtis Aiken
  • Syracuse: Pearl Washington
  • Virginia: Junior Burrough
  • Virginia Tech: Bobby Beecher
  • Wake Forest: Josh Howard