Bobby Beecher to be inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame
By Erik Spencer Hill
BLACKSBURG, VA — North Stokes graduate and former NBA player Bobby Beecher is among six new members selected for induction into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
Bobby Beecher, a talented big-man who helped Tech men’s basketball to four postseason appearances, was part of the winningest class in Hokie hoops history.
Beecher joined Dell Curry and Keith Colbert to form one of the top-rated recruiting classes in Tech men’s basketball history during the fall of 1982. Beecher, who had passed up chances to attend all-star summer camps to work on his father’s farm during his high school days in Lawsonville, N.C., capitalized on his basketball chances in Blacksburg.
During his first Tech season, the skilled 6-foot-9 high school All-American started 33 of 34 games, earning Metro Conference Freshman of the Year honors over teammate Curry. Beecher led the team in field-goal percentage (.570) and free-throw accuracy (.913), while averaging 13.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game and earning second-team All-Metro honors. He helped the Hokies to a berth in the National Invitation Tournament and a then-school record 23 wins. Beecher played in the National Sports festival during the summer of ’83, and then toured Australia with the Nike-NIT All-Stars.
Beecher was inconsistent as a sophomore, but contributed a team-best 46 blocked shots and 9.8 points per game as the team posted 22 wins and advanced to the semifinals of the NIT. Tech won 20 games and received an NCAA Tournament bid in 1984-85 with Beecher averaging 13.1 points in Metro games and 11.8 overall, to go with 6.2 boards a game. He played on the USA team in the World University Games the summer before his senior season.
As a senior, Beecher averaged 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds to finish his Tech career eighth in scoring (1,548 points) and sixth in rebounds (797). He played in 128 of 129 games as a Hokie, starting 126. Beecher also still holds the all-time scoring record at North Stokes with 1,577 points. Currently, he still ranks third all-time at Tech in blocked shots (170) and stands in the top 10 in career rebounds, field goals made (640) and free-throw percentage (.807). He is 16th all-time in scoring.
Beecher, who was selected in the fourth round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings, earned his Tech degree in human services with an emphasis in family and child development. He currently lives in Roanoke, Va., where he works as the lead estimator for the mechanical department of Varney, Inc.
Beecher is among six new honorees who will be inducted during a Hall of Fame dinner on the Tech campus on Friday, Nov. 15, the evening before Tech’s home football game against the University of Maryland. Each of the inductees will be introduced to fans at halftime of the football game. The new inductees will bring the total number enshrined to 164. The Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1982.
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