EKU unveils All-Century basketball team

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University Department of Athletics unveiled its All-Century Men’s Basketball Team in a special ceremony prior to the EKU-Morehead State game Saturday night. Eight of the 15 players selected to the prestigious team were able to attend the event.

The All-Century Men’s Basketball Team is made up of the following positions: guards (six) and forwards/centers (nine). To earn consideration for the All-Century Team, players must have met at least one of the following criteria: first or second team All-OVC honors, enshrinement in the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame, or All-American honors. Colonel fans helped determine the All-Century Team by casting their votes on-line in December and early January at www.EKUSports.com.

This winter, Eastern Kentucky University is celebrating ‘100 Years of Men’s Basketball.’ The program, which first fielded a team in 1909-10, has won six Ohio Valley Conference regular season titles (1952-53, 1958-59, 1960-61, 1964-65, 1971-72 and 1978-79), five OVC tournament titles (1950, 1955, 1979, 2005 and 2007) and advanced to seven NCAA tournaments (1953, 1959, 1965, 1972, 1979, 2005 and 2007).

For more information on EKU’s 100 Years of Men’s Basketball, please visit http://www.ekusports.com/100yearsmbb.

Below is the list of the All-Century Men’s Basketball Team.

***Jack Adams (1953-56) – Forward – #40

Only athlete to have his number retired at EKU, any sport … two-Time All-OVC first-team choice … still holds five school records at Eastern, including most points in a single game (49, vs. Union College, 1955) … 10th all-time leading scorer (1,460 pts.) and fourth all-time leading rebounder (870) … scored 40 points and pulled down 27 rebounds in win over Loyola of New Orleans as a senior … played for New York in the American Basketball League, averaging 18 points per game … scored 56 points and collected 28 rebounds in a single game with the Cleveland Pipers in the AAU National Basketball League … 1959 AAU All-American … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

***John Allen (1990-94) – Forward – #30

Fourth all-time leading scorer at Eastern (1,635 points) … All-OVC First Team Choice in 1993-94 … OVC Freshman of the Year in 1990-91 … 12th all-time leading rebounder with 684 … led Colonels in scoring for three years … had 78 dunks in his four-year Eastern career, including 32 as a sophomore … played in 116 games as a Colonel, finishing his Eastern career with 108 blocked shots and 172 steals

***Jim Baechtold (1948-52) – Forward – #28

Four-time MVP at Eastern … two-time All-OVC first team selection … two-time All-American … 19th leading scorer (1,137 points) and second-leading rebounder (933) in EKU history … first round draft choice of the Baltimore Bullets of the NBA … NBA Rookie of the Year in 1952-53 … played for New York Knicks from 1953-57 … served as head coach at Eastern from 1962-67, accumulating a 70-57 record … led EKU to OVC title in 1964-65 and was chosen as OVC Coach of the Year … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

***Eddie Bodkin (1963-66) – Forward – #10

Three-time All-OVC selection … seventh leading all-time scorer (1,587 points) … sixth all-time leading rebounder (812) … led EKU to OVC title and NCAA appearance in 1964-65 … best known for his sweeping hook shot … drafted in third round of the NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls … member of the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

***George Bryant (1968-72) – Guard – #44

Two-time All-OVC player for the Colonels … closed EKU career as 13th all-time leading scorer with 1,345 points … finished runner-up in both scoring (24.7 ppg) and MVP voting in the OVC as a junior … averaged 21.2 points per game as a senior in leading the Colonels to the OVC championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament … led EKU to its last in-season tournament championship when the Colonels defeated Texas Tech, Santa Clara and Oklahoma City to win the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla., in the 1971-72 season … drafted by the NBA’s Buffalo Braves and the ABA’s Utah Stars

***Michael Haney (2001-05) – Forward – #35

First-team All-OVC as a senior … eighth all-time leading rebounder (783) at EKU … 14th all-time leading scorer (1,289 points) at EKU … led EKU in rebounding for three seasons … Most Valuable Player of the 2005 OVC Tournament … All-OVC Newcomer Team selection as a freshman … finished second in the OVC in field goal percentage (.624) and third in rebounding (8.3) as a senior … had 21 double-doubles in his Eastern career

***Fred Lewis (1944-46) – Guard – #23

Two-Time All-American … nation’s second-leading scorer as a junior and third-leading scorer as a senior … captain of the National Intercollegiate All-American team … selected to play in the annual College-Pro All-Star game in Chicago in 1946; won the game for his team with a long shot in the last minute of play and scored 14 points, sharing high-point honors with George Mikan … chosen as MVP in the All-Star game and was awarded the William Randolph Hearst Trophy … Rookie of the Year in the NBA in 1946-47; was first-team All NBA and was the second highest scorer in the NBA that year … served as head coach at Syracuse University for six seasons (1962-68) and was named Coach of the Year in the East and in New York in 1963 … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

***Chuck Mrazovich (1946-50) – Center – #31

Four-time all-conference pick (All-KIAC twice and All-OVC twice) … selected to the All-Kentucky College Team as a sophomore … played for Eastern teams that won 70 games in four years … 26th all-time leading scorer at Eastern with 1,055 points … helped Maroons win the 1950 OVC tournament as Eastern finished 11th in the nation that season … scored team-high 21 points in the OVC tournament championship game upset of Western Kentucky … drafted in third round of the NBA draft by the Indianapolis Olympians … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

***Antonio Parris (1983-87) – Guard – #10

Third all-time leading scorer at EKU with 1,723 points … nation’s leading freshman scorer with his 18.8 per game average … member of OVC’s All-Freshman Team … held the No. 1 position among EKU’s all-time leading scorers for 20 years … had 32-point, 12-rebound contest vs. Kentucky State his sophomore year … pumped in 31 points vs. Miami (Ohio) as a junior … favorably compared to former Louisville All-American and Utah Jazz All-Pro Darrell Griffith … made All-Illini Classic team as a junior

***Mike Rose (2005-09) – Guard – #20

Two-time All-OVC choice … second all-time leading scorer at Eastern with 1,763 points … played in more games (124) than anyone in EKU history … led EKU in scoring for three seasons … MVP of OVC tournament in 2007 when EKU defeated Austin Peay and then faced North Carolina in the NCAA tourney … ranks second at EKU for career three-point field goals made (271) … led the nation in three-point percentage (48.1) his senior year … finished third in scoring (20.0), first in three-point percentage (48.1) and fifth in steals (1.7) in the OVC his senior year

***Garfield Smith (1965-68) – Center – #54

All-OVC as a senior … school’s third all-time leading rebounder (884) … nation’s second-leading rebounder as a senior (19.7 rpg) … holds EKU single-game record (33 vs. Marshall) and single season record (472, 1967-68) for rebounding … record-holder for best career rebound average (13.7) at EKU … first round draft choice of the Oakland Oaks of the ABA and second round draft choice of the Boston Celtics of the NBA

***Mike Smith (1988-92) – Center – #00

EKU’s all-time leading rebounder with 977 … 24th all-time leading scorer with 1,077 points … connected on 65.6 percent of his field goals as a senior … led Eastern with 39 dunks as a senior … finished as the OVC’s third-leading rebounder (10.0 rpg) and second-leading field goal percentage shooter (65.6) as a senior … was a four-year starter for the Colonels, playing in 114 games

***James “Turk” Tillman (1978-80) – Forward – #5

Two-time All-OVC player at EKU … 1978-79 OVC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and the OVC Male Athlete of the Year … District 3A All-American both seasons at EKU … although playing only two years at EKU, he is still listed as the No. 8 all-time leading scorer with 1,514 points … had 27.0 points per game career scoring average, tops in Eastern history … finished as the nation’s fourth-leading scorer as a junior (26.9) and third-leading scorer as a senior (27.2) … drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA after his junior year and by the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics following his senior season

***Bobby Washington (1966-69) – Guard – #44

Three-time All-OVC performer … 16th all-time leading scorer at Eastern with 1,221 points … averaged 18.0 points as a junior and 20.1 points as a senior … All-OVC tournament choice as a sophomore as he was chosen OVC Sophomore of the Year … served two years as captain of the Colonels … averaged seven assists per game during his Eastern career … drafted in the 1969 NBA draft by the Baltimore Bullets … also played pro basketball for Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA and the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

***Matt Witt (2002-06) – Guard – #12

EKU’s all-time leading scorer with 1,832 points … OVC Freshman of the Year selection … led EKU in scoring for three seasons and in assists for four seasons … also record-holder at EKU for most consecutive free throws made (29) and three-point field goals made (283) … second in Eastern history in assists (630) … fourth all-time in OVC in both three-pointers made and assists … scored game-high 21 points versus Kentucky in the NCAA tournament … had career-high 33 points versus Samford

***Paul McBrayer (1946-62) – Head Coach

All-Time Winningest Coach in Eastern history with 219 victories against only 144 defeats … led EKU to three OVC regular season titles (1952-53, 1958-59, 1960-61) … guided Eastern to two trips to the NCAA tournament (1953, 1959) … directed EKU to 11 consecutive victories to open the 1946-47 season, his first at Eastern … his 1949-50 team finished the season ranked 11th in the nation … led Eastern to two in-season (1949-50, 1954-55) OVC tournament championships … arena inside Alumni Coliseum, the basketball home of the Colonels, was dedicated as the “Paul S. McBrayer Arena” in 1989 … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

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