Julius Hodge Honored As ACC Legend
Feb. 3, 2014
Julius Hodge, who played for NC State from 2001-05 and was the 2004 ACC Player of the Year, has been named an ACC Legend and will be honored at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro in March.
"It is humbling and brings me overwhelming happiness to be named NC State's ACC Legend for 2014," Hodge said. "Some of my best memories from playing in the ACC are making it to two ACC tournament championship games, winning ACC Player of the Year my junior season and beating up on UNC of course," he added with his signature humor.
Hodge was voted the league's player of the year after finishing second in the ACC with 18.2 points per game in 2003-04. He was also named first team All-American by ESPN and The Sporting News and was a second-team pick by the Associated Press, the NABC and Basketball Times that same season.
During his four seasons as a starter, he led the Wolfpack to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 83 wins. He finished his career third on the NC State career scoring list with 2,040 points and ranked fifth or better in scoring in the ACC in scoring three times.
As a freshman, he was picked first team All-ACC Tournament and was an ACC All-Freshmen honoree. He earned first team All-ACC honors in 2003 and 2004 and second-team accolades in 2005.
Hodge was selected 20th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He played two seasons in the NBA with Denver and the Milwaukee Bucks. He has since played professional basketball in Australia, China, Belarus, Italy, Paris, France, and now in Beirut, Lebanon.
Hodge said his days at NC State prepared him for a lucrative career in professional basketball.
"Playing at NC State and the ACC helped better prepare me as a pro because every game we were playing against NBA talent," Hodge said. "With the likes of Jay Williams, Ray Felton, Chris Paul, Roger Mason Jr., Jarrett Jack, Chris Duhon, Juan Dixon, Steve Blake and Sean Singletary to name a few. The list of great ACC players during my years at State was tremendous. It really prepares you for the next level."
The 2014 ACC Legends will be honored at this year's ACC Men's Basketball Championship in Greensboro at the annual ACC Basketball Legends Brunch, which will be held Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. in the Guilford Ballroom of the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel. The event will include a short autograph session with the legends at the conclusion of the brunch. Tickets for the ACC Men's Basketball Legends Brunch are $35 each and tables of 10 are available for $350 each.