Former North Stokes Viking and Virginia Tech men’s basketball standout Bobby Beecher has been named to the 2017 ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Class. He was recognized during the 2017 New York Life ACC Tournament, which was held March 7-11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Fourteen former standout players and an inspirational national championship coach headline this year’s class of Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Legends presented by New York Life.
Beecher joined Dell Curry and Keith Colbert to form one of the top-rated recruiting classes in Tech men’s basketball history during the fall of 1982. Beecher, who had passed up chances to attend all-star summer camps to work on his father’s farm during his high school days in Lawsonville, North Carolina, capitalized on his basketball chances in Blacksburg. Beecher finished his Tech career eighth in scoring (1,548 points) and sixth in rebounds (797). He played in 128 of 129 games as a Hokie, starting 126.
Currently, he still ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in blocked shots (170), field goals made (640) and free-throw percentage (.807), in addition to scoring and rebounding. Beecher, who now resides in Roanoke, Virginia, helped the Hokies to a then-school record 23 wins as a freshman and played on three teams that earned postseason berths. He toured Australia with the Nike-NIT All-Stars following his freshman season and played on the USA team in the World University Games the summer before his senior season.
Beecher graduated from North Stokes in 1982 and his playing career at Virginia Tech got him a spot in the university’s athletic hall of fame, and had his jersey number retired at North Stokes.
He won the Journal’s Frank Spencer Award, given annually to the top boys’ basketball player in Northwest N.C., after his senior season at North in 1981-82. The next season, at Virginia Tech, he was voted freshman of the year in the Metro Conference.
Beecher was drafted by the NBA’s Sacramento Kings in 1986 but he never played in the NBA; he did have a brief professional playing career in Europe. Beecher is still the all-time leading scorer at North Stokes with 1,577 career points.