A first-round draft choice and the 6th overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets, he played six seasons with the Nets and one with Washington Bullets before retiring with the Nets in 1988.
In 407 NBA games he scored 3,355 points (8.2 avg.), had 1,391 rebounds (3.4 avg.) and 856 assists (2.1 avg.). A native Jersey City, N.J., he currently lives outside of New York City in the Township of Washington, N.J.
Whittenburg (1979-83), one of the key players on NC State’s 1983 National Championship team, is the author of the most famous missed shot in NCAA Tournament history.
A three-year starter for the Wolfpack under legendary coach Jim Valvano, it was Whittenburg’s desperation heave with time running out that the late Lorenzo Charles grabbed and dunked for the winning basket in the Wolfpack’s historic 54-52 upset of top-ranked Houston to claim the 1983 national championship.
A second-team All-ACC selection in 1982, Whittenburg was a likely first-team choice in 1983, but missed 14 games of the season with a foot fracture, only returning to play in State’s third-to-last regular season game.
His return, though, helped spark the Wolfpack to a near-miraculous 10-game winning streak that saw them capture the ACC championship and the NCAA title with a series of last-minute heroics that earned the team the nickname “Cardiac Pack.”
A four-year contributor at State, he played one season under former Wolfpack coach Norman Sloan and three for Valvano, helping lead the program to three NCAA Tournament appearances and an overall record of 82-41.
He was named to the first-team All-ACC Tournament team in 1983, to the second team in 1982, and to the NCAA’s All-Final Four Team in 1983.
An excellent outside shooter who also had excellent jumping ability, Whittenburg paired with Sidney Lowe to become one of the Wolfpack’s all-time best backcourts and he is still ranked 28th in career scoring (1,272) and 13th in career free throw percentage (.794).
A third-round draft choice of the Phoenix Suns in the 1983 NBA draft, Whittenburg began his college coaching career as an assistant at State (1985-86).
He then served as an assistant at George Mason (1987), Long Beach State (1988), again at NC State (1989-91), Colorado (1992-93), West Virginia (1994) and Georgia Tech (1995-99) before spending four years as head coach at Wagner College (2000-03) and six years at Fordham (2004-09).
He has a 10-year head coaching record of 135-162 (.454).
Whittenburg is a long-time board member for the “V” Foundation, the organization which raises funds for cancer research in memory of Valvano, and he is currently a game-day and studio analyst for ESPNU’s college basketball broadcasts.
A native of Washington, D.C., where he played at DeMatha High School for the legendary Morgan Wootten, Whittenburg currently lives in New York City.
Watson (1999-03), a three-time All-ACC power forward for Virginia under head coach Pete Gillen, is one of the most consistent performers in Cavalier history.
The 6-8 frontcourtman totaled 54 games in which he scored and rebounded in double figures, the 12th highest total in ACC history.
Watson averaged in double figures in each of his four seasons at UVa, totaling 1,546 career points, good enough for 14th in the Virginia career list.
He also grabbed 1,115 rebounds in his career, more than any over Cavalier save for the legendary Ralph Sampson.
Watson’s career rebound total places him 15th on the ACC career list.
Named second-team All-ACC in 2001, 2002 and 2003, he led the ACC in rebounding in 2002 (9.7) and 2003 (10.4), finished second in 2001 (9.1) and was fourth as a freshman in 2000 (8.3).
A four-year starter, he led UVa to a four-year record of 72-48 including four straight post-season tournament appearances, three NIT bids and one NCAA appearance.
He still ranks third on Virginia’s career blocked shots list (130) and eighth in field goal percentage (.519).
He has played nine seasons professionally in Europe and Israel, leading the Euroleague in rebounding in 2007 while playing for Armani Jeans Milano and the Greek League in rebounding in 2004 and 2005.
Born in San Antonio, Tex., and a native of Brookneal, Va., he played high school basketball at Narunas, Va. and Oak Hill Academy (Oak Hill, Va.) and currently resides in Alexandria, Va.
Custis (1993-97), the central figure for the Hokies’ 1995 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship team and one of the most popular players in Virginia Tech history, was a four-year starter at power forward for the Virginia Tech teams of coach Bill Foster.