WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Jonesville native and Virginia Tech legend is being inducted into the ACC Legends Class of 2016 on Friday.
Howard Pardue grew up in the Jonesville area in the late 1960s and was a standout on the Jonesville High School basketball team. When Pardue graduated from Jonesville, he took his talents to Virginia Tech where he played all four years. Known as “the man with the radar touch” by most of his teammates and coaches, Pardue was unstoppable every time he stepped onto the court. Pardue averaged 20 points per game and is ranked fifth best in school history.
While playing at Virginia Tech during his sophomore season, Pardue had a standout game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. It was the first game to ever be played at Cassell Coliseum, and Pardue helped lead Virginia Tech to a win by scoring 20 points. As a senior, Pardue was awarded an honorable mention selection for the All-America team by the Associated Press. He was also named All-Southern Conference for three years in a row and was part of the Southern Conference All-Tournament Team for two years.
In 1992, Pardue was inducted into the Virginia Tech Hokies’ Athletics Hall of Fame for his contribution to the 1961-1964 basketball team. After his time playing basketball was over, Pardue went on to receive his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Columbus University for human resource and organizational development.
Thirteen former ACC standouts, and a three-time ACC Coach of the year also are being inducted into this year’s class along with Pardue. The ceremony will take place on Friday during halftime of the first semifinal game.
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