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Brummel, Graves Selected as Legends of Ivy Basketball

Lisa Brummel '81 and Butch Graves '84.
Lisa Brummel '81 and Butch Graves '84.

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League announced the second-annual 16-member class of Legends of Ivy League Basketball on Thursday. These Legends contributed significantly to — and left a lasting impact on — their respective basketball programs, universities and chosen professions. Each member of the Ancient Eight is represented by one male and one female honoree, as selected by their university athletic department. Yale's honorees are Lisa Brummel '81 and Butch Graves '84.
"This Legends of Ivy League Basketball class exemplifies the impact of the Ivy League model and the path to lifelong success the experience enables," said Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris. "We look forward to recognizing and celebrating this group's extraordinary achievements, both on and off the court, at the Ivy League Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments in March."
Four legends will be formally honored during each semifinal game at the 2018 Ivy League Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments on Saturday, March 10, at The Palestra in Philadelphia. A variety of ticket offerings—including multi-session passes ranging from $30-$295 and single-session tickets ranging from $20-$160 — are on sale online at or by calling the Ivy League Box Office at (215) 703-3231.

Biographical information on Yale's honorees is below. Authentic Ivy pieces, featuring the Legends of Ivy League Basketball in their own words, will be published on throughout the 2018 conference season and included in the Ivy League Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments program.


Lisa Brummel '81

A four-sport athlete at Yale, Lisa Brummel was the women's basketball team's Most Valuable Player in each of her four seasons in New Haven. She earned a pair of First Team All-Ivy honors on the hardwood, amassing 1,361 career points—seventh on the Bulldog all-time scoring list. She was also a three-time team Most Valuable Player and a First-Team All-Ivy selection in softball and competed on Yale's volleyball and track & field squads.
Brummel graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology from Yale University in 1981 and joined Microsoft in 1989 after earning a master's in business administration at UCLA. She spent 25 years at Microsoft, holding a variety of roles in management and marketing before leading human resources from 2005 through her retirement in 2014.
She is a co-owner of the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), alongside Microsoft colleague Dawn Trudeau and former Yale rower and 1984 Olympic silver medalist Virginia "Ginny" Gilder. The trio of Seattle businesswomen and civic leaders, all season ticket holders, purchased the Storm in 2008 to keep the team in their hometown. The Storm won their second WNBA title in 2010 and are 1-of-2 clubs that remain undefeated in WNBA Finals.


Butch Graves '84

Butch Graves is Yale's all-time leading scorer and ranks third on the Ivy League's all-time scoring list with 2,090 career points. A three-time Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and two-time First Team All-Ivy honoree, Graves led the Ivy League in scoring in 1981-82 (19.9), 1982-83 (22.1) and 1983-84 (23.6).
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale University in 1984, Graves was selected in the third round of the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He enjoyed a brief professional basketball career with the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers, before pursuing his master's in business administration at Harvard Business School, from which he graduated in 1988.
Graves joined Black Enterprise in 1988 and, after holding several positions within advertising and marketing, was appointed president and chief operating officer in 1998 and named chief executive officer in 2006. He holds positions on the corporate boards of several other companies including AutoZone, the Pepsi African American Advisory Board and the Magazine Publishers of America. In 2002, Graves was inducted into the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Hall of Achievement and in 2009 he was honored with the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award—presented to former student-athletes who have gone on to excel in their chosen professions.