ALL-LOUISIANA COLLEGE TEAM OF THE CENTURY

Below is the LABC’s July 24, 1999 press release announcing the All-Louisiana College Basketball Team of the Century

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FOR RELEASE: 8 P.M. CDT ON SATURDAY, JULY 24, 1999

Maravich Chosen Player of Century

LSU Has 4 Players, Louisiana Tech 3 on 15-Member Squad

BATON ROUGE – Pete Maravich, the NCAA record-holder for career scoring average, leads the way on the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches All-Louisiana College Basketball Team of the Century.

Maravich – a three-time consensus All-America guard at LSU from 1967-70 and the national player of the year his senior season – received the most votes to earn the LABC’s Player of the Century award.

Louisiana men’s college basketball head coaches and a panel of the state’s sports media selected the Team of the Century. Players received five points for a first-team vote, three points for a second-team vote and one point for a third-team vote. Players were selected based on their college playing careers, and only players who competed at Louisiana colleges were eligible for selection.

The LABC announced the team Saturday at its 25th-anniversary Hall of Fame awards banquet.

Maravich scored 3,667 points and averaged 44.2 per game during his three seasons at LSU – the only player in NCAA history to average more than 34.6 for a career. He led the nation in scoring three straight years and had 28 games of 50 or more points.

Joining Maravich on the five-member first team were LSU's Bob Pettit, Centenary's Robert Parish, USL’s Dwight "Bo" Lamar and Louisiana Tech’s Karl Malone, the NBA's reigning and two-time most valuable player.

The second team consists of LSU's Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf – formerly known as Chris Jackson and Shaquille O'Neal, McNeese State's Joe Dumars, Grambling State's Willis Reed and Northeast Louisiana's Calvin Natt.

On the third team are Louisiana Tech's Mike Green and Jackie Moreland, Grambling’s Bob Hopkins, USL’s Andrew Toney and Southern's Bob Love. Twelve earned honorable mention by receiving 10 or more points.

Maravich, Pettit and Reed are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Those three, along with Malone, O'Neal and Parish, were among the NBA's greatest 50 players announced during the 1996-97 season.

Pettit was a two-time All-American for LSU in the 1950s and, like Maravich, was a three-time SEC scoring champion. Parish was a three-time Louisiana Player of the Year at Centenary in the '70s and led Division I players in rebounding as a junior and senior. Lamar, who led the nation in scoring twice, scored 3,493 points for USL in the '70s to rank fourth on the NCAA all-division career list. Malone led Louisiana Tech in scoring and rebounding for three straight seasons and had the highest rebound average (13.3) in the '85 NCAA Tournament.

O'Neal was a two-time consensus All-American and was the AP National Player of the Year as a sophomore in 1990-91. Dumars scored 2,612 points for McNeese to rank among the top 30 in Division I history. Abdul-Rauf, a two-time consensus All-American, averaged 30.2 points in 1988-89 to set a national freshman record. Reed, a two-time consensus NAIA All-American, led Grambling to the NAIA national championship in '61 and a third-place finish in '63. Natt scored 2,581 points for NLU in the ‘70s and averaged 20 points per game for four straight seasons.

Hopkins, a three-time All-American for Grambling in the ‘50s, is Louisiana’s career scoring leader with 3,759 points and is second – 92 points ahead of Maravich and 266 ahead of Lamar – on the NCAA all-division list. Toney scored 2,526 points for USL in the ‘70s and was a two-time Southland Conference Player of the Year. Green was the NCAA Division II National Player of the Year in 1972-73 and is Tech’s career leader with 2,340 points and 1,576 rebounds. Love scored 2,458 points for Southern in the '60s and, like Reed and Hopkins, is enshrined in the NAIA Hall of Fame. Moreland was Tech's first All-American and, in 1960, was the Bulldogs' first NBA first-round draft choice.

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All-Louisiana College Basketball Team of the Century

First Team



Name
Pete Maravich
Bob Pettit
Robert Parish
Dwight "Bo" Lamar
Karl Malone
School
LSU
LSU
Centenary
USL
Louisiana Tech
Years
1967-70
1951-54
1972-76
1969-73
1982-85
Pts.
183
136
133
123
119


Second Team



Name
Shaquille O'Neal
Joe Dumars
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
   (f/k/a Chris Jackson)
Willis Reed
Calvin Natt
School
LSU
McNeese State
LSU
 
Grambling State
Northeast Louisiana
Years
1989-92
1981-85
1988-90
 
1960-64
1975-79
Pts.
118
100
90
 
82
71


Third Team



Name
Bob Hopkins
Andrew Toney
Mike Green
Bob Love
Jackie Moreland

School
Grambling State
USL
Louisiana Tech
Southern
Louisiana Tech
Years
1952-56
1976-80
1969-73
1961-65
1957-60
Pts.
58
56
43
42
37


Honorable Mention (10 or more points)

Larry Wilson, Nicholls State (1975-79), 30 points; Durand "Rudy" Macklin, LSU (1976-81), 23; Donald "Slick" Watts, Xavier (1970-73), 18; Malcolm "Sparky" Wade, LSU (1932-35), 17; Joe Dean, LSU (1949-52), 15; Aaron James, Grambling State (1970-74), 15; Bill Reigel, McNeese State (1954-56), 15; Wayne Cooper, UNO (1974-78), 14; Howard Carter, LSU (1979-83), 11; C.A. Core, Southeastern Louisiana (1964-68), 11; Ervin Johnson, UNO (1989-93), 10; Glynn Saulters, Northeast Louisiana (1964-68), 10.

FOR RELEASE: 8 P.M. CDT ON SATURDAY, JULY 24, 1999 (embargo set by Benny Hollis, LABC executive secretary)