COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M will celebrate “Acie Law Day” on Saturday in conjunction with the basketball game against Oklahoma State at Reed Arena. Tipoff is set for 2:30 p.m.
Law will be introduced at halftime and his A&M jersey will be displayed in the rafters of Reed Arena. Fans are asked to wear white.
Law became A&M’ first consensus All-American last season and won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’ top point guard. He led the Aggies to their first NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 27 years and a 27-7 record, the most wins in school history.
In addition, Law was a finalist for the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award as the nation’ top player, won the Chip Hilton National Player of the Year Award and was named Big 12 Player of the Year by The Dallas Morning News.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Acie,”A&M Coach Mark Turgeon said. “ou can argue that no four-year player has ever had a bigger impact on the basketball program and the university. Acie helped the program become respected in the state of Texas and on a national level. Most importantly, he is a great young man who always represented Texas A&M well. He left here with his degree and always did things with great class.”
Law was taken with the 11th pick in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, becoming the highest draft pick in A&M history. He has played in 36 games for the Hawks and leads all NBA rookies in assists.
Law led a remarkable resurgence in A&M’ basketball program that ranks among the greatest turnarounds in college basketball history. The Aggies were 0-16 in the Big 12 in Law’ freshman season, but then posted three straight 20-win seasons and postseason appearances. A&M went to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and 2007, the first back-to-back appearances in school history.
He was nicknamed “Mr. Clutch” for his uncanny ability to make difficult shots with the game on the line. His buzzer-beating three-pointer that beat Texas in 2006 was named one of the greatest three-pointers in college basketball history by Rivals.com.
“His ability to come up in the clutch gave our program national visibility,” Turgeon said. “We are able to recruit anywhere in the country because of the impact Acie had on this basketball program.”