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LSU Basketball Announces 16-Man All-Century Team
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Published: January 31, 2009, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:37 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BATON ROUGE -- The three LSU basketball players whose jerseys adorn the western rafters of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center highlighted the 16-player LSU All-Century team announced Saturday at halftime of the LSU-Arkansas men’s basketball game.

The announcement culminated a full weekend of activities to celebrate the Centennial weekend of the program, which played its first intercollegiate sanctioned game against outside competition on Jan. 30, 1909 against Dixon College in Covington.

The team, originally projected as a 15-man roster of the greatest LSU basketball players ever, was selected following both a vote of basketball fans on LSUsports.net and the voting by a select committee of former LSU players and Louisiana sports historians. The two groups’ votes each counted for 50 percent of the final total, and the voting for the final two positions resulted in a near three-player dead heat, which led the select committee to add a 16th position.

The teams were not divided by position or first, second or third team with all 16-players holding the same rank on the team as a member of LSU’s All-Century team. Those present were presented their awards at halftime of the LSU-Arkansas game and players or family members from eight decades were represented on the court during the ceremony.

Bob Pettit was part of the 1953 NCAA Final Four team in his junior season at LSU. The two-time All-American played from 1952-54 on the LSU varsity under Coach Harry Rabenhorst and stands fifth in career scoring at LSU, third in career total rebounds and first in career rebounding average of 14.8 boards a game.

“Pistol” Pete Maravich left a mark on the game that remains to this day as the all-time leading scorer in Division I basketball. Ironically, on the day the LSU all-century team was announced, it was 39 years ago on the same day that Maravich made the second-half jump shot that made him the all-time leading scorer in Division I basketball.

Maravich, who played three seasons from 1968-70, was a two-time national player of the year and like Pettit is enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Shaquille O’Neal, who played at LSU for three seasons (1990-92) before becoming the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft, earned National Player of the Year honors in 1991 for the Tigers in addition to his selection as a two-time first-team All-American and SEC Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992. O’Neal, the national leader in rebounds in 1991, is second all-time in total boards and fourth all-time in points.
 
Besides all having their jersey retired at LSU, the three went on to (in O’Neal’s case his career is still active) long and outstanding careers in the National Basketball Association.  Pettit, Maravich and O’Neal were all named to the NBA 50th anniversary team.

Also honored were the following players: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (Chris Jackson) (1989-90, two seasons, G); Brandon Bass (2004-05, two seasons, F); Ricky Blanton (1985-86, 88-89, four seasons, F); Howard “Hi-C” Carter (1980-83, four seasons, G); Glen Davis (2005-07, three seasons, F); Joe Dean (1950-52, three seasons, F); Durand “Rudy” Macklin (1977-81, four seasons over five years, F); Ethan Martin (1978-81, four seasons, G); Don Redden (1983-86, four seasons, G); Al “Little Apple” Sanders III (1970-72, three seasons, C); Stromile Swift (1999-00, two seasons, F); Collis Temple, Jr. (1972-74, three seasons, C); Sparky Wade (1932-35, four seasons, G).

In all, seven first-team All-Americans were honored: Wade (1935), Pettit (1953, 1954), Maravich (1968, 1969, 1970), Macklin (1981), Jackson (1989, 1990), O’Neal (1991, 1992) and Davis (2006).

Every SEC Player of the Year since 1968 by the Coaches or wire services made the team (Maravich, Macklin, Jackson, O’Neal, Swift, Bass and Davis and seven were first-round choices of the National Basketball Association (Dean, Pettit, Maravich, Carter, Jackson, O’Neal and Swift).

Those members on hand and family representatives were presented their awards by former LSU basketball coach Dale Brown, LSU Athletics Director Joe Dean and the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, Mike Slive.

 

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson)

#35, Guard, 1988-90 | Biography
Consensus Player of the Year in the SEC, 1989, 1990 ... First-Team All-American 1989, 1990 ... Scored 48 and 53 points in the first month of his college career ... Set NCAA freshman scoring record, averaging 30.2 points per game ... Just the second freshman at the time to make AP first-team All-American ... In just two seasons, is the seventh all-time in scoring with 1,854 points (64 games, 29.0 ppg) ... Made 172 treys in just two seasons.
Brandon Bass

#30, Forward, 2003-05 | Biography
SEC Freshman of the Year, 2004 ... SEC Player of the Year, 2005 ... SEC All-Tournament team, 2005 ... Averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds as a freshman in 2004 ... Averaged 17.3 points and 9.1 rebounds in 2005 ... Career average of 8.2 rebounds ... Shot 54 percent from the field for his two years at LSU.
Ricky Blanton

#33, Forward, 1984-86; 88-89 | Biography
Coaches All-SEC, Second team AP All-SEC, Third Team UPI All-SEC (1988) ... Coaches, AP First Team, UPI Second Team All-SEC (1989) ... Bulked up and played center on 1986 NCAA Final Four team ... Led team in scoring in 1988 at 17.0 points per game ... Led team in rebounding in 1988 (8.8) and 1989 (8.2) ... Missed 1986-87 season with knee injury ... 15th at LSU in scoring at 1,501 points for 129 games (11.6 average) ... Averaging 20.3 points his senior year (1989) ... 14th at LSU in career rebounds (766).
Howard "Hi-C" Carter

#32, Guard, 1979-83 | Biography
Member 1981 NCAA Final Four ... AP, UPI 2nd team All-SEC (1981) ... Consensus First Team All-SEC (1982) ... Coaches First Team, AP, UPI 2nd team All-SEC (1983) ... Averaged 10.5 points in 1980, 16.0 in 1981, 16.7 in 1982 and 17.6 in 1983 ... Played 128 games and a school record 4,276 minutes ... Third leading scorer with 1,942 points (15.2 points per game average) ... Second Team All-American 1982, 1983.

Glen "Big Baby" Davis

#0, Forward, 2005-07 | Biography
SEC Freshman of the Year, 2005 ... SEC Player of the Year 2006 ... AP and Coaches 2nd team 2005 ... Consensus 1st team All-SEC ... Wooden Award All-American, 2006 ... Coaches, AP 1st team All-SEC, 2007 ... 10th all-time in scoring with 1,587 points (95 games, 16.7 average) ... Member of the 2006 NCAA Final Four team ... Averaged 18.6 points in 2006, 17.7 in 2007 ... Seventh all-time in rebounds with 613 (9.3 average) ... Averaged 10.4 in 2007.

Joe Dean

#34, Guard, 1949-52 | Biography
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 Pettit in 1952 (18.3 ppg); 32nd at LSU in career scoring (1,072 points).
Durand "Rudy" Macklin

#40, Forward, 1976-78; 1979-81 | Biography
Member of 1981 NCAA Final Four ... Second behind only Pete Maravich at LSU in scorer with 2,080 points (123 games, 16.9 ppg) ... All-time LSU rebounder with 1,276 rebounds (10.4 average) ... First Team All-America by Converse, 2nd team by Sporting News in 1980 ... First Team All-America by USBWA, Converse, John Wooden, 2nd team UPI, 3rd team Basketball Times in 1981 ... SEC Player of the Year, 1981 ... Averaged 14.8 points in 1977, 19.0 in 1978, 17.6 in 1980 and 15.9 in 1981 ... Missed all but two games of the 1979 season because of a knee injury.
"Pistol" Pete Maravich

#23 (Retired), Guard, 1967-70 | Biography
National Player of the Year 1969, 1970. Member of Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. One of three LSU basketball players to have number retired ... All-time NCAA Career Scoring leaders with 3,667 points, an average of 44.2 points for 83 games ... Averaged 44.5 in 1970, 44.2 in 1969 and 43.8 points in 1968. Scored 69 points vs. Alabama, Feb. 7, 1970 ... Member NBA 50 at 50 team ... Led Tigers to 1970 NIT Final Four
Ethan Martin

#21, Guard, 1977-81 | Biography
Point guard on the NCAA Final Four Team in 1981 ... Third team All-American, Basketball Times, 1981 ... Second at LSU in career total assists with 638 ... Sixth in free throws made (390) ... Had 190 assists in the Final Four season, fourth best single season at LSU ... Averaged 11.9 points per game in 1980, topped by a 29 point effort against Kentucky ... Averaged 11.5 points in 1981 ... Coaches All-SEC, AP and UPI 2nd team All-SEC, 1980 ... Consensus First Team All-SEC, 1981.
Shaquille O'Neal

#33 (Retired), Center, 1990-92 | Biography
One of three LSU basketball players to have their college numbers retired ... Consensus First-Team All-American in 1991 and 1992 ... 1991 and 1992 SEC Player of the Year ... MVP of SEC Coaches Defensive Team, 1991, 1992 ... National Player of the Year in 1991 by AP (Rupp Award), UPI and Sports Illustrated ... Runner-up for 1992 Naismith and Wooden Award ... School record for blocks 412, blocking five or more shots 45 times in 90 games ... National leader in rebounding (14.7) in 1991 ... Second nationally in 1992 (14.0 rebounds per game) ... Finished with 1,217 rebounds, second all-time at LSU ... Finished with 1,941 points, fourth all-time at LSU (21.6 career average) ... Six career triple-doubles.
Bob Pettit

#50 (Retired), Forward, 1951-54 | Biography
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.
Don Redden

#44, Guard, 1982-86 | Biography
Member of the NCAA Final Four Team in 1986 ... 28th on LSU scoring list with 1,119 points for 103 games (10.9 points) ... Averaged 10.3 points in 1984 and 13.0 in 1986 ... Career scoring average of 10.9 points ... Sixth in single season free throw percentage in 1985 at 87.3 percent ...Career third all-time at LSU in free throw percentage at 84.0 percent.
Al "Little Apple" Sanders III

#31, Center, 1969-72 | Biography
One of the premier rebounders of his time ... Averaged 12.0 points and 14.8 rebounds in 1970 ... Led the team in scoring and rebounding 1971, averaging 20.9 points and 14.7 rebounds, including a then school record of 26 against Miss. State ... in 1972 averaged 18.3 points and 12.5 boards ... All-SEC AP third team in 1970 ... Consensus All-SEC First Team in 1971 ... Coaches All-SEC in 1972 and AP and UPI second team that year ... 18th in career scoring with 1,383 points (16.7 average for 83 games) ... Third behind only Macklin and O’Neal in rebounds at LSU with 1,168 (14.1 average).
Stromile Swift

#4, Forward, 1998-2000 | Biography
AP SEC Player of the Year, 2000 ... Consensus All-SEC, 2000 ... Averaged 16.2 points in only full season in 2000 and led the team in rebounds at 8.2 boards a game ... Blocked 35 shots in 16 games in 1999 and averaged 2.8 blocks, blocked 95 shots in 2000, fourth best LSU total for a single season ... 2000 field goal percentage of 60.8 tied for seventh best for a single season.
Collis Temple, Jr.

#41, Center, 1972-74 | Biography
Averaged 6.2 points and 6.7 rebounds in 1972, 9.0 points and 6.9 rebounds in 1973 and career bests of 15.0 points (16.0 in SEC play) and 10.5 rebounds (11.1 in SEC) in 1974 ... In last two years combined shot over 57 percent from the floor ... 22nd all-time on rebound list with 607 (8.1 a game) ... UPI third team All-SEC in 1974.
Sparky Wade

#23, 1932-35 | Biography
LSU’s first All-American, 1935; Led SEC in scoring three years. “Little Giant from Jena” was the dribbling leader of the LSU team that won the mythical national championship in 1935.

 

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