Pat Dennis '78, didn't crack W&L's starting line-up until his junior season, but in his two seasons as a starter he firmly entrenched himself as one of W&L's all-time greats on the hardwood.
In 1976-77, his junior year, he earned third-team All-America honors and was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 21.7 points a game and shooting a sizzling 57 percent from the field.
The following year he shattered W&L's single season scoring mark with 700 points and also set a school record with 305 field goals while averaging 25.0 points per game. Dennis was named a first-team All-American following the season and repeated as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Dennis finished his career with 1,428 points, the ninth-highest total in school history. Dennis' individual success helped W&L to two of its greatest seasons in the sport. In his final two seasons W&L went 45-11, won back-to-back ODAC championships, qualified for the NCAA Division III championships twice and was ranked as high as fourth in the country.
In W&L's march to back-to-back conference championships Dennis averaged 25.0 points per game in four league tournament games, a figure that remains the best in the 18-year history of the ODAC tournament. W&L's overall record during his career was a sterling 79-30.
Following his graduation Dennis pursued a professional career and was the final cut from the Boston Celtic's camp in 1978. He has since been a successful coach and in 1992 he was named the head coach of the Citadel.