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Published: January 16, 2008, 10:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:31 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

As part of LSU's 100 Years of Basketball Celebration, fans are invited to vote for the All-Decade teams during the 2008 SEC basketball schedule, beginning with voting for the 1940s and 1950s All-Decade team from now until Feb. 15, 2008.

The nominees (listed below) for each decate will appear for the first time in the GameDay program on Jan. 16. Each home game different decades of player nominees will be spotlighted and voting will continue until the end of February. The All-Decade teams will be announced at the final home game of 2008, against Alabama on March 5.

The Centennial Committee, composed of former players and coaches from the various decades, media members and historians, will select an early years team representing the first 30 years of the program from 1909-1939.

Those players chosen on the All-Decade teams along with the early team selected by the committee will be eligible for the All-Century team which fans will have the chance to vote on during the summer of 2008. The All-Century team will be picked on a weighted vote of both the fans and the Centennial Committee.

  • Voting has ended for the All-Decade LSU Men’s Basketball Team for the 1940s and then five for the 1950s. Below is information on the nominees:

Nominees from The 1940s (1940-1949)

Joe Bill Adcock C 1944-47: Second Team All-SEC, 1946; SEC Tournament record for points, 31 against Tulane, 1946; SEC Leading Scorer 1946 (18.6); averaged 11.6 in 1947

Charles Bozeman C 1938-41: Leading scorer in 1941, 13.4 points per game

Frank Brian F 1942-43; 1945-47: First Team All-SEC, 1943; Second Team 1947; Leading scorer in 1947 9.8 ppg in 1943; 18.0 average in 1947 ... La. Sports Hall of Famer, La. Assoc. of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame

John Chaney F 1940-43:  Second Team All-SEC, 1943.

Alvin Dark G 1942-43: Played just two years of basketball before concentrating on baseball ... Team was 19-5 during his two years in the SEC.

Richard “Whitey” Hoskins, Jr. G 1942-44: Second Team All-SEC, 1944.      

Clyde Lindsey F 1944-46:  Three sport athlete; 15.7 ppg as a senior in 1945.

Bobby Lowther F 1942-43; 1945-48: First Team All-SEC, 1946; First Team All-American, Basketball, Track, 1946; Louisiana Sports Hall of Famer; averaged 14.7 point in 1946; averaged 12.7 in 1947.

Bill Michaelis G 1943-44; 1946-49:  Starting point guard on teams in late 1940s.

Dale Morey F 1939-42:  Only LSU player to go directly from player to coach in 1943 after Harry Rabenhorst entered the service.

Gene Murphy G 1947-51: Second Team All-SEC, 1949.

Dick Thompson G 1947-51; Averaged 10.2 points per game in 1949

Bill Walters G 1942-43; 1945-47:  Guards on team that joined with Joe Adcock and Frank Brian to go 18-4 in 1942-43 before WWII and 33-12 in two seasons after the war.

Bubba Webb G 1942-43; 1945-47:  Guards on team that joined with Joe Adcock and Frank Brian to go 18-4 in 1942-43 before WWII and 33-12 in two seasons after the war.

Nominees from The 1950s (1950-1959)

Don Belcher F 1951-55 Averaged 12.4 points in 1953

Ned Clark F 1951-55 Member 1953 NCAA Final Four Team; Fifth leading rebounder in school history with 988. 1953 9.4 ppg, 1954 7.4 ppg; 1955 9.8 ppg

Joe Combs 1956-59 Averaged 10.7 points, 7.4 rebounds a game in 1959

Jim Crisco F 1956-59   Averaged 11.6 points per game in 1958; Team leading scorer (12.2) in 1959;  Team leading rebounder in 1958 (9.0) and 1959 (7.6).

Joe Dean G 1949-52 All-SEC First Team 1952; All-SEC Second Team 1951; Member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame, NABC Silver Anniversary Team; LABC Hall of Fame; Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame; Team leading scorer in 1950 (10.8), 1951 (15.1), second behind Petit in 1952 (18.3 ppg); 32nd at LSU in career scoring (1,072 points).

Norman Magee G 1951-55 Averaged 13.2 ppg in 1953; 10.0 in 1954 part of NCAA Final Four team; 11.7 in 1955.

Benny McArdle G 1951-54 All-SEC Second Team, 1953; All-SEC Third Team, 1954.

Bob Meador F 1948-51 All-SEC Third Team, 1950; First player to start ever game over four years; first player over 1,000 career points ... Presently 30 on career scoring list (1,099) ... Averaged 11.4 in 1950, 12.4 in 1951

Dom Merle F 1955-58 13.6 scoring average, 1956; 12.7 average, 1957; Team leading scorer in 1958 (12.3 ppg), team leader in FGs 1958.

Wayne Munson F 1957-59 Averaged best of 10.2 points and 10.3 in 1958; Averaged 9.2 points, 6.4 rebounds in 1959

Lynn Moon C 1956-59 Best season of 10.0 points per game in 1959 and 6.4 rebounds.

Gene Murphy F 1947-51 Averaged 10.6 points in 1950 and 9.8 in 1951.

Bob Pettit F 1951-54 All-SEC First Team, 1952, 1953, 1954; All-American Second Team, 1952; All American First Team 1953, 1954 ... Fifth all-time in LSU point (1,916), third scoring average (27.4), 1st rebound average (14.8), fourth total rebounds (1,039) ... All-time best single season rebound average at LSU (17.3, 1954) ... 31.4 ppg average in 1954, 25.5 in 1952, 24.7 in 1953 ... 60 points vs. La. College, 1953.

Troy Rushing F 1954-57 12.3 scoring average, 1956; 15.0 ppg in 1957; Averaged 10.3 rebounds his final season (1957) ... 26th all-time in total rebounds at LSU (560), 7.9 average for 71 games.

Don Sebastian G 1952-56 Averaged 7.4 points, 1955; 11.5 points per game, 1956

Roger Sigler F 1953-57 All-SEC First Team 1956; 3rd Team 1957; Team leading scorer in 1955 (15.0), 1956 (25.1), 1957 (18.4) ... Leading rebounder in 1956 (13.8)...Led team in free throws in 1955, 1956, 1957; 22nd in career scoring (1,318 points); 18th in rebounding (713).

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