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Adrian "Ace" Custis (born May 24, 1974) is an American basketball coach and former professional basketball player. He last played in Japan with the Wakayama Trians and is now a NCAA division I coach.[1] After a severe knee injury while trying out for the Dallas Mavericks, Ace became known as one of the best power forwards throughout Asia playing in such countries as Lebanon, Japan, Qatar, Indonesia, Syria and the Philippines. Ace made a further name for himself in prestigious clubs such as Al Riyadi where he won a championship. Ace graduated from Virginia Tech and won the 1995 NIT championship. In 1997, Ace was a NCAA All-American.[2] In 2007, Ace was inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame; his #20 jersey was retired and hangs alongside the NBA shooting great Dell Curry. Techhoops, a basketball publication, named Ace Custis one of the 10 greatest players ever in Virginia Tech history.[3]

Ace Custis
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Adrian custis, 2009
Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueMid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Personal information
Born (1974-05-24) May 24, 1974 (age 44)
Eastville, Virginia
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolNorthampton (Eastville, Virginia)
CollegeVirginia Tech (1993–1997)
NBA draft1997 / Undrafted
Playing career1997–2012
Coaching career2013–present
Career history
As player:
1999–2000Grand Rapids Hoops
As coach:
2013–2014Virginia State (assistant)
2014–presentMaryland Eastern Shore (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Custis is an assistant coach with the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks men's basketball team. He is a native of Eastville, Virginia and resides in Fruitland, Maryland.[4]