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100 Greatest Men's Basketball Players In SEC History Part II

Jim FolsomContributorJanuary 31, 2011

100 Greatest Men's Basketball Players In SEC History Part II

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    Here is part two of my three part series on the 100 Greatest Players in SEC History. Today I will list the greatest players from Mississippi, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and South Carolina.

    Again, USC will not have as many because they haven't been around as long as the others.

    There are some great players from these schools. Some of them went on to win NBA Championships. One is the brother of a Super Bowl hero. One became a great shortstop for the Chicago Cubs.

    Here they are.

Ole Miss Rebels

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    Here are Ole Miss' Greatest Players

    1. Don Kessinger: Named an All American in 1964, Kessinger holds 18 Ole Miss basketball records. He went on to become the shortstop for the Chicago Cubs for the rest of the 60's and 70's.

    2. Joe Gibbon: In 1957 he became the second player in SEC history to average over 30 points and was named to several All-America teams.

    3. Johnny Neumann: In 1971 he had two 60 point games. He went pro after his sophomore season. While at Ole Miss he was compared to Pete Maravich.

    4. John Stroud: In 1979 he led the SEC in scoring at 26.3 points per game. He earned several All-America honors.

    5. Carlos Clark: In 1981 and 1982 had a streak of 37 straight double figure games. He was an honorable mention All American.

    6. Rod Barnes: First player in Ole Miss history to record 500 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists. He was named an honorable mention All American.

    7. Gerald Glass: Finished his two year Ole Miss career with 1564 points. He was a two time honorable mention All American

    8. Ansu Sesay: One of two Rebels to ever record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 200 assists. He was named SEC Player of the Year in 1998.

    9. Terrico White: Scored 975 points in his two seasons at Ole Miss.

    10. Chris Warren: Currently in his senior season, Warren will soon break the 1800 point mark.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Here are the greatest players in Mississippi State history.

    1. Bailey Howell: Owner of the only retired jersey in school history, Howell was SEC player of the year in back to back years (1958,1959). According to Wikipedia, he holds Mississippi State records for single-game points scored, career scoring average, single-season and career free throws made, single-season and career free throws attempted, single-game free throw percentage, single-game rebounds, single-season rebounds, career rebounds and single-season and career rebounding average.

    2. Jarvis Varnado: Varnado was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year three times. He holds the NCAA record for career blocks with 564. He twice set the single season SEC mark with 170 blocked shots. He helped lead the Dogs to the SEC Tournament Championship in 2008 and if not for a miracle last second tip in would have had another in 2009.

    3. Jim Ashmore: The school's first 1000 point scorer, Ashmore finished with 1918 points and was named SEC Player of the Year in 1957

    4. Red Stroud: A member of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Stroud average over 15 points per game in his career. He was a member of the 1963 Bulldog team that went against the wishes of the state's leaders and played in the NCAA Tournament against an integrated Loyola team. Stroud was named SEC Player of the Year.

    5. Jeff Malone: In his four years in Starkville, Malone amassed over 2,100 points to go along with his 19.5 career scoring average over 110 games. The teams he played on were not very good. Had he had more help he may have been the best player at MSU.

    6. Lawrence Roberts: A transfer from Baylor following the scandal that rocked that program, Roberts was named SEC Player of the Year in 2003. He recorded MSU's first triple double against Nicholls State that season.

    7. Jamont Gordon: Scored 1658 points in his three year MSU career. He also dished 484 assists.

    8. Erick Dampier: The center and building block for State's Final Four team in 1996. Dampier was one of the first big home state recruits to stay in Mississippi in quite a while. He went on to stardom and later played in the NBA for 15 seasons, scoring over 7000 points.

    9. Dee Bost: A current player for the Dogs, Bost is in range as soon as crosses the mid court stripe. This year he is averaging over 18 points and 6 assists per game.

    10. Barry Stewart: 1602 career points, 293 assists, 532 rebounds in his four years at MSU.

Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Here are Vanderbilt's top ten greatest players.

    1. Will Perdue: The 1988 SEC Player of the Year, he holds the school record with 157 career blocked shots. Perdue went on to the NBA where he earned four Championship rings, three with the Bulls and one with the Spurs.

    2. Tom Hagan: He's the third all time leading scorer in school history at 20 points per game. He was named All American in 1969. Holds the school single game scoring record with 44 points against Miss St. in 1969.

    3. A J Ogilvy: second in school history with 129 career blocks. In three years he scored 1468 points and grabbed 642 rebounds.

    4. Shan Foster: Named SEC Player of the Year in 2008, he is the school's all time leader with 2011 points.

    5. Derrick Byars: He was the SEC Player of the Year in 2007. He scored 1385 career points, including 577 his senior year.

    6. Jan van Breda Koff: He led the school to the SEC Championship, the second in school history and was named SEC Player of the Year in 1974

    7. Dan Langhi: SEC Player of the year in 2000. He averaged 22.1 per game his senior year.

    8. Clyde Lee: SEC Player of the Year in 1965, he is the school's all time leader with a 21.4 points per game average. He is also the school's all time rebounds leader with 1223.

    9. Billy McCaffrey: SEC Player of the Year in 1993. He led the school to its third ever SEC Championship and a Sweet Sixteen appearance.

    10. Jeff Turner: He was an Olympic gold medalist in 1984. Went on to be one of the original members of the Orlando Magic  He stayed with the team for its first eight seasons and ended his NBA career with 3697 points, most of those from the left corner.

South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Here are South Carolina's greatest players since joining the SEC in 1992.

    1. Larry Davis: A third team All American in 1996, he was All SEC in 1997.

    2. B J McKie: a third team All American in 1998, he was ALL SEC in 1997, 1998 and 1999. He is the Gamecocks' all time leading scorer with 2119 points.

    3. Devan Downey: He was All-SEC in 2008, 2009, and 2010. He averaged 18 points and 4 assists per game in his career.

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