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When the legendary Bobby Cremins was the head coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, he recruited some great point guards. One of those point guards, Travis Best, along with 14 other basketball legends, is being named to the 2014 ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Class announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford.
Travis Best is definitely deserving of such a distinction. Between the years of 1991-1995, there were very few point guards who could say that they were better than the 5-foot-11 playmaker from Springfield, Ma. In his four collegiate years running the point for the Jackets, Best became the number six all-time school scorer with 2,057 points. He dished out 692 assists, which ranks 15th in ACC history, and he connected on 656 three-point buckets.
Best’s average of 16.6 ppg ranks 12th in Georgia Tech history, and he averaged those points on 45.6% shooting from the field and 39.3% from beyond the arc.
Travis Best also made a few All-Conference teams in his college career, receiving third team All-ACC accolades as a Sophomore, and then following that up with second team honors in his Junior and Senior seasons. As a Senior he was named ACC Player Of The Week a conference record five times.
Best is also one of only three players to record 2,000 points and 600 assists in his ACC career with the others being North Carolina’s Phil Ford and Maryland’s Greivas Vasquez. The ultimate though for Best had to be in 1993, when he and forward James Forrest guided the Yellow Jackets to the ACC Tournament Championship.
Travis Best was always under control as a point guard. You can still hear the incomparable Dick Vitale talking about how he was a “super diaper dandy” as a Freshman. Best was fun to watch on TV, and played during a great time in collegiate basketball.
Best went on to a successful NBA career after leaving Tech, playing from 1995-2005 with the Pacers, Bulls, Heat, Mavericks, and Nets. He also played four years in Europe with several teams.
College Basketball is always going to be fun to watch, but it may never be as good as it was in the 90’s, and Travis Best played a huge part in making it possible to enjoy those years of College Hoops.
This is an honor that is well deserved, congratulations Travis Best.
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