By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN Q&A: Who is Acie Law IV?
HOUSTON — Acie Law IV was born January 25, 1985 in Dallas, Texas to Acie and Dolores Law. He was named for his great-grandfather (Acie Law, Sr.), whom he never met.
His grandfather (Acie Law, Jr.) died in 1997 after suffering a heart attack from watching a sporting event with young Acie IV. His father, Acie III, played point guard at Navarro Junior college.
Acie Law IV played high school basketball at Dallas Kimball High School. As a junior he led his team to a 29-7 record and the state Class 5A championship game,averaging 17.8 points per game and 6.0 assists.
He earned all-state honors, as well as district Most Valuable Player. He was the only junior named to “The Dallas Morning News All-Area Team”.
He was recruited by the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UConn, Texas and Georgia Tech. In order to stay close to home, and because he wanted to have an immediate impact, Law chose to play for Texas A&M under former coach Melvin Watkins.
So, who is Acie Law IV?
Acie Law IV is arguably the best guard and the most clutch player in college basketball. Nicknamed “Captain Clutch” for his ability to take over the game late, Law has the Aggies headed to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Law has led the Aggies to victories over Penn State and Louisville scoring 20 and 26 points. The Aggies will now face Conference USA Champ Memphis in the South Regional in San Antonio, Texas.
A&M has a nice complement of supporting players, a great coach in Billy Gillispie, and it plays tough defense. However, if the Aggies are going to live up to their potential, it’s going to take some sublime performances from Law.
Law can nail three-pointers that can tie or win games. He’s known for shooting and hitting buzzer-beater shots. There’s a lot to like about Texas A&M, but the biggest reason opponents dislike the Aggies is Law.
The 6-foot-3 senior guard is arguably the nation’s best point guard and it’s most clutch performer. His commanding play is what matters most. He averages 18.2 points, 5.3 assists,and 3.1 rebounds.
This is the same player who’s team went 0-16 in the Big 12 Conference during Law’s freshman year. Law endured that rough first season, pushed aside thoughts of transferring during his sophomore year (Gillispie’s first at A&M), and patiently took the long road to achieve his goal.
“I wanted to go to a place that was not a power program,” Law said. “I wanted to go to a place where we could turn things around. We’re accomplishing things that haven’t been done before at Texas A&M.”
“This is my last go-round, and not only do I want us to go further than any Aggie team has before, I want to win the national championship.”
“I’ve been around a lot of clutch performers, but he’s the best,” coach Gillispie said. In Law’s sophomore season the Aggies improved to 21-10 and an NIT bid under Coach Gillispie.
Law started 30 games, earning a spot on the Big 12′s All-Improved Team as well as honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors. He had a team best 153 assists, ranking third in the Big 12.
As a junior, Law became one of only four players in Aggie history to reach 1,000 career points with 300 assists and 100 steals. He led the team in scoring, averaging 16.1 overall and 17.3 in the Big 12 Conference.
With Law’s help, the Aggies earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987. Law has brought more excitement to the Aggie progam in this his final season.
Shortly after the 2006-07 season, the Aggies reached No. 6 in the national rankings, the highest rank the school had ever achieved. The team had their best start since opening 16-2 in the 1959-60 season, as well as their best conference opening since the inception of the Big 12.
Law was named of of 17 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate point guard. Following the team’s win over Texas, Law was named Sports Illustrated’s Player of the Week.
While in junior high school, Law broke his right hand during practice. In order to continue to compete, the naturally right-handed Law taught himself to shoot the basketball with his left hand.
After recovering from his injury, he was able to shoot with either hand; however, he still relies primarily on his left hand to shoot from a long distance.
It doesn’t matter what hand he uses Law continues to get the job done. He was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 first team, and was named to both the ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated First-Team All-American teams.
He was also named the Big 12 Player of the Year by the Dallas Morning News. Other honors include: AP First-team All-Big 12; National Association of Basketball Coaches first-team All-American and USBWA and the Sporting News Men’s First Team All-America Team.