Jan. 30, 2012
Brian Cardinal and MaChelle Joseph were able to accomplish amazing things on the basketball court in their own separate ways that will always be a part of Purdue history. They are among the 24 Legends of Mackey selected recently as part of the rededication of the 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.
Cardinal, who averaged in double figures all four years (1997-2000) and finished with 1,584 points, was one player who truly fulfilled the definition of putting his heart on the court day in and day out. Donning kneepads and elbow pads, Cardinal earned the nickname, "The Custodian," diving for loose balls, taking charges and creating turnovers. He is the only Boilermaker in Purdue history to receive the "Mr. Hustle" Award and the "Courage" Award four years in a row. After his career at Purdue, Brian moved on to the NBA where he currently plays for the defending world champion Dallas Mavericks.
Joseph, a first-team All-American in 1992, earned her way into the Purdue record books one basket at a time as the most prolific scorer ever. She is first in career points (among all male and female players scoring 2,405) and first among the women's players in career points per game (20.2 in 119 games). She reached 1,000 career points in only 52 games and 2,000 career points in just 101 games, and also ranks No. 1 in women's history with 628 assists. Joseph was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010 and currently is the head coach at Georgia Tech.
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: Mount / Versyp
Jan. 16: Landry / White
Jan. 23: Carroll / Holmes
Jan. 30: Cardinal / Joseph