Former Duke University basketball star Trajan Langdon of Anchorage, the first Alaskan to play in the NBA, today was among the people named to the 2013 ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Class.
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard was a cog in the Blue Devils 1999 team that advanced to the NCAA national championship game.
Langdon, who led Anchorage's East High School to multiple state titles, was one of the most accurate long-range shooters in ACC history. He started four seasons for the Blue Devils, missing only the 1995-96 campaign due to injury. He led Duke to four NCAA Tournament berths, helping the Blue Devils to the 1999 ACC Championship and to the championship game of the NCAA’s Final Four later that year.
He was named a First Team NABC All-America in 1999 and Second Team honors by the Sporting News and Associated Press. He was also named a Second Team All-America by The Sporting News in 1998. Langdon earned three First Team All-ACC selections in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
An excellent student as well, he was three times named to the All-ACC Academic Basketball Team.
Langdon still ranks fifth on the ACC’s career list for free-throw percentage [.862] and is fourth in the ACC’s career 3-point field goals and seventh in ACC history in career 3-point field goal percentage [.426].
Van Williams, a 20-year local sports writer and the former sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News, writes about the athletic exploits of Alaskans for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.