All Century Team Announced
While Ole Miss basketball has historically not been a strong basketball program there have been some decent players come through over the years. This year marks the 100th year of the program and the university announced an all century team today. Below are those selected. Many who read this blog have no clue who have these players are, but they all had a major part of Ole Miss basketball history. My votes were as follows
4. Johnny Neumann
5. Joe Gibbon
6. Justin Reed
(UMAA)OXFORD, Miss. -- The Ole Miss athletics department proudly announced the members of its CellularSouth All-Century men’s basketball team here Thursday at Tad Smith Coliseum.
The All-Century honorees, as well as all other former Rebels, will be honored at the Feb. 21 Georgia game in the culmination of this year’s celebration of the “First 100 Years of Ole Miss Basketball.”
The All-Century Team was selected following a vote of fans on OleMissSports.com and a committee of officials from the athletics department and the M-Club Alumni Chapter. With over 2,000 online ballots cast, the fans’ top 10 vote getters were automatic qualifiers, and the remaining spots were chosen by the committee.
The ballot included any Rebel that earned All-SEC honors or scored 1,000 or more points in his career, excluding current players, for a total of 41 nominees. Fans also had the opportunity to email write-in votes.
The All-Century Team was not divided by position or first, second or third team, as all 19 players hold the same rank on the squad.
The team includes all 12 Rebels that earned All-America honors in their career and the top nine scorers in school history. The list also contains three Associated Press SEC Players of the Years (Denver Brackeen, 1955; Johnny Neumann, 1971; Ansu Sesay, 1998).
While honored for their performances as players, the All-Century Team coincidentally includes the three winningest coaches in school history (B.L. “Country” Graham, 145 wins; Rod Barnes, 141; Cob Jarvis, 87).
Headlining the All-Century selections is two-time All-America honoree John Stroud. The forward from New Albany, Miss., is Ole Miss’ all-time leading scorer and ranks third in SEC history with 2,328 career points. Stroud topped the conference in scoring in 1979 and 1980 and was named 1980 SEC Player of the Year by the Tuscaloosa Tip-Off Club.
The remaining members of the All-Century Team include:
B.L. “Country” Graham (F, 1936-38),
Cob Jarvis (F/G, 1952-54),
Denver Brackeen (C, 1954-55),
Joe Gibbon (F, 1954-57),
Jack Waters (F/G, 1959-61),
Don Kessinger (G, 1962-64),
Johnny Neumann (F, 1971),
Coolidge Ball (F, 1972-74),
Elston Turner (F/G, 1978-81),
Sean Tuohy (G, 1979-82),
Carlos Clark (G/F, 1980-83),
Rod Barnes (G, 1985-88),
Gerald Glass (F, 1989-90),
Joe Harvell (F, 1990-93),
Ansu Sesay (F, 1995-98),
Keith Carter (G, 1996-99),
Rahim Lockhart (F, 1998-2001)
Justin Reed (F, 2001-04)
Fans may bid on the opportunity to meet the greats of Rebels Hoops at the exclusive "100 Years of Ole Miss Basketball" celebration reception on the evening of Feb. 20 by visiting OleMissSports.com Auctions. Also available for bid is a basketball that will be autographed by the All-Century Team during the celebration weekend.