When Tony Costner played for Saint Joseph’s University during the ’80s, he was one of the dominant big men in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Three decades later, Costner is about to be honored for the tremendous impact he had on the Hawks.
On March 15, Costner will be representing the Hawks as one of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Legends. The Class of 2014 will be honored at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, prior to the A-10 conference championship semifinals. Saint Joseph’s was one of eight teams that played in the Old Spice Classic, which was held over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, beating Washington State in the fifth place game.
Costner, a 6-foot-10 center, finished his career at Saint Joseph’s in 1984 as the top scorer in school history. He now ranks sixth, with 1,730 career points, and is seventh in rebounding, with 951. Costner was named honorable mention All-America in 1983, was twice selected to the A-10 all-conference first team, and made the NABC All-District and All Big 5 teams three times each.
A double-figure scorer, Costner shares the Hawk record for single-game scoring, with 47 points in 1983. During his career, the Hawks averaged 20 wins per season and reached the NCAA Tournament in 1982. He was the leading scorer and rebounder for the United States Select Team that toured Taiwan in 1982, going undefeated.
In 1984, Costner was a second-round pick of the Washington Bullets (now the Wizards). He’s also a member of the Saint Joseph’s Athletics Hall of Fame, the SJU Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame.