Catching Up With Ace Custis

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Ace Custis Profile

Current home: Suffolk, Va.

Current job: Professional basketball player for the Panasonic Trians in
Osaka, Japan. Custis also invests in real estate on the Eastern Shore of
Virginia and wants to start building apartments in the Tidewater area. Custis
reports back to Japan on Aug. 10

Family: Wife Denedra (Virginia Tech class of 1997). Custis has two sons,
14-year-old Charles Mack and 4-year-old Adrian Custis II.

At Virginia Tech: The 1992-93 through the 1996-97 seasons (sat out his
first year as a medical redshirt). Scored 1,706 points and grabbed 1,177
rebounds. Started 123 straight games and made all-conference in both the Metro
and Atlantic 10.

Nicknames: Ace IS his nickname, though it has become his most commonly
used name over the years. “Most people don’t even know my real name,”
Custis said. Do you? Answer at the end!

Best Virginia Tech moment: “Winning the 1995 NIT at Madison Square
Garden and, leading up to that, Travis Jackson hitting the shot at Cassell
Coliseum to send us to New York and everyone rushing the floor.”

Least favorite Virginia Tech moment: “Knee injuries. I had one that
kept me out my entire first year and another that kept me inactive for six weeks
before my senior year.”

Favorite Blacksburg hangout/restaurant: “Ryan’s out in
Christiansburg. We used to go out there a lot and eat the buffet. To hangout, I
just liked being downtown or at Squires.”

Last time back on campus: “I was back for the spring football game
in April, the first time I’d been able to do that in six years. I saw a
basketball game in Norfolk against ODU a couple of years ago. My schedule
overseas is usually at the time Tech is playing football and basketball.”

Teammates you stay in touch with most: “Damon Watlington, Myron
Guillory, Jim and Dave Jackson, Shawn Good, Andre Ray. I know how to get in
contact with everyone, thanks to Facebook and MySpace. Myron just accepted