Jan. 17, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Carl Landry and Stephanie White are two former Purdue standouts who were known for their hard work, fundamentals, and dedication. They have both been selected among the 24 Legends of Mackey Arena.
The Purdue University basketball facility is celebrating a $99.5 million expansion/renovation this season by recognizing the 12 most-popular Boilermaker men's and 12 most popular women's players, who have competed in the arena since its dedication in 1967. The 24 Legends of Mackey were chosen through a two-month on-line voting process by fans that garnered some 10,000 ballots.
Landry truly had an exceptional career as a Boilermaker. He ranks second all-time in Purdue history in career field goal percentage (.602) and sixth in scoring average (18.4 points per game). During his senior year, he led the Boilermakers in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots. His achievements led to him being selected by Seattle with the 31st overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. He also has played for the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Hornets where he averages about 15 points and six rebounds per game.
White is not only a legend for Purdue, but for women's basketball as a whole. Her skill, grit, poise and knowledge of the game led one of the greatest teams in the history of Purdue. In 1995, prior to becoming a Boilermaker, she was named Indiana Miss Basketball as well as Gatorade National Player of the Year and the USA Today National Player of the Year. Averaging more than 20 points a game her last two years at Purdue, White led the Boilermakers to the NCAA Championship in 1999, when she also was named the winner of the Wade Trophy, recognizing the top female basketball player in the nation. On the school career lists, she ranks third in points (2,182) and second in assists (578).
The remaining Legends of Mackey Arena will be announced two per week through the end of March. After the entire list becomes public, a line of products will be developed, including shirts, posters and calendars. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the 6th Boiler Scholarship Fund, which is raising money through the John Purdue Club to ultimately endow Boilermaker basketball scholarships.
Legends of Mackey Arena
Jan. 9: Rick Mount, Sharon Versyp
Jan. 16: Carl Landry, Stephanie White