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Former Davidson basketball players named to A-10 Legends Class

Two former Davidson basketball players are among the 28 people selected for the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Legends Class of 2015, league officials announced last week.

Fred Hetzel, who played for the Wildcats between 1962-1965, was named to the men’s basketball Legends class, while Jennifer O’Brien, who played at Davidson from 1996-2000, was named in the women’s basketball Legends class.

The A-10 Legends program, established in 2013, recognizes men’s and women’s basketball players and coaches who “have made a lasting impact on their respective basketball programs and institutions,” according to a conference press release.

Each year, each of the 14 conference schools selects two former players or coaches for induction into the Legends class.

Hetzel, a member of the halls of fame at Davidson and the Southern Conference, was the first Wildcats player to earn All-American honors. He was also the first player to score 2,000 points and pull down 1,000 rebounds in a career, and still holds school records for most points (53) and rebounds (27) in a game.

Hetzel, a three-time All-American, also is No. 1 among Davidson’s all-time leaders in scoring average (25.7) and rebounding average (13.8), and is still among the top four in points (third, 2,032), field goals made (third, 791), field goal percentage (fourth, 55.4 percent), and total rebounds (second, 1,094).

Hetzel was also the first Davidson player taken in the first round of the NBA Draft, going No. 1 overall to the San Francisco Warriors in 1965. He would win NBA All-Rookie team honors in 1966, and played professionally for seven seasons.

O’Brien was a three-time All-Southern Conference selection between 1998-2000, earning first-team honors in 1998 and 2000 and second-team honors in 1999, as well as being named to the SoCon all-tournament team all three years.

O’Brien still holds school records for single-game steals and assists, and ranks at the top of Davidson’s all-time lists in assists (588) and steals (368). She is also third in career scoring with 1,510 points, and is among the top 10 in career scoring average, field goals made, 3-pointers made, 3-point percentage, free throws and rebounds.

During O’Brien’s time with the team, the Wildcats posted a record of 61-47, and advanced to the Southern Conference tournament finals for the first time in 1999.

The A-10 Legends women will be honored with a breakfast program on March 6, prior to the conference tournament quarterfinals in Richmond, Va. The men’s Legends will be honored on March 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. N.Y., prior to the A-10 tournament semifinals.

Burton A-10 swimmer of week

Davidson junior Luke Burton rode a record-breaking performance to his first Atlantic 10 swimmer of the week award, conference officials announced Jan. 20.

Burton earned the award after setting three pool records during the Wildcats’ A-10 meet against George Washington and Georgetown on Jan. 17 in Washington, D.C.

Burton, a native of Kennesaw, Ga., swam the leadoff leg on Davidson’s winning 200-yard medley relay team that set a pool record of 1 minute, 34.15 seconds. He then swam a leg on the winning 400-meter freestyle relay team that also set a pool record of 3:08.98.

Burton also won two individual events – the 100-yard backstroke in 50.66 seconds, and the 200-yard backstroke, setting a pool record of 1:51.32.