Ole Miss Basketball All-Century Team Candidates
As part of the celebration of the First 100 Years of Ole Miss Basketball, fans joined with the athletics department and M-Club Alumni Chapter in determining the All-Century Team. On the ballot, the following chronological list includes any Rebel that earned All-SEC honors or scored 1,000 or more points in his career. Current players were excluded, and write-in votes were permitted.
B.L. “Country” Graham (F, 1936-38)
Ole Miss’ first All-America selection as he was chosen to the Helms Foundation All-America squad after his 1938 senior season ... Also selected to the 1938 All-SEC first team after averaging almost 18 points per game. During his career, set 35 Southeastern Conference records and scored 1,259 career points ... Ole Miss’ all-time winningest head coach with 145 wins from 1950-62 ... Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame 1963 inductee ... Named to the 1974 All-Time SEC Basketball Team by the Orlando Sentinel Star ... Charter member of the Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986.
Irving Keller (F, 1938-40)
Starting most games at forward during his Ole Miss career, Keller was the only member of the 1939 team to receive All-SEC recognition with his first-team selection ... Ranked second on the team in scoring in both 1939 (231 points) and 1940 (232 points).
Jack Marshall (F, 1946-50)
A member of the Rebel team for five seasons due to his service in the Navy, Marshall reached the 1,000-point club in his final campaign and was named team captain ... Led all Rebel scorers in 1948 and 1949 ... Known as “The Shadow” to his teammates, Marshall averaged 10.9 points in his first two years and then averaged 12.2 in his third season and 13.5 in his fourth.
Cob Jarvis (F/G, 1952-54)
In three varsity seasons with the Rebels, Jarvis established 18 new Ole Miss records ... First Ole Miss player to gain first-team All-SEC recognition twice, as well as the first with All-SEC credentials in both basketball and baseball ... Barely missed leading the SEC in scoring his junior season, as he finished with a 23.2 average ... 1,313 career points ... Later became the Rebels’ head coach from 1969-76 ... 1988 Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
Denver Brackeen (C, 1954-55)
Named to Helms Foundation second team All-America squad in 1955 after averaging 27.2 points and 13.9 rebounds per game, which still stand as fourth and second on the Ole Miss charts, respectively ... In addition to unanimous selections to the All-SEC team, he also received the UPI SEC Player of the Year and AP SEC Most Valuable Player awards ... Although he only played two seasons as a Rebel, his 1,040 points still hold as the 29th-most in school history ... Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame 1982 inductee ... 1988 Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
Joe Gibbon (F, 1954-57)
First team All-America pick in 1957 by the Helms Athletic Foundation ... Also UPI second team and AP honorable mention All-American ... Averaged 30.1 points per game that year, which still ranks second in the Ole Miss season scoring record books ... All-SEC in 1956 and 1957 ... Voted Most Valuable SEC Player by the Atlanta Constitution player’s poll ... Seventh all-time at Ole Miss with 1,601 points ... Third on the career rebounds chart with 827 boards, while his 14.1 boards per game ranks first all-time at Ole Miss ... Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame 1979 inductee ... 1988 Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
Carlton Garner (F, 1956-58)
Averaged 18.0 points per game to lead the team as a senior in 1958 ... His scoring average ranked fifth among SEC leaders, and he was selected to the All-SEC third team ... During 1957-58 season, shot 40.8 percent from the field while making 76.4 percent from the free throw line, both team highs.
Ivan Richmann (C, 1958-60)
A 1960 All-SEC third team honoree, Richmann averaged 14.8 points per outing, good for second on the team ... His 16 points per game average as a junior ranked sixth among the league’s leaders ... Shot 48.9 percent from the floor for a new Ole Miss record at the time ... Also led the team in rebounds with an average of 10.4 boards.
Jack Waters (F/G, 1959-61)
Waters scored 1,384 points in three years with the Rebels while averaging 19.5 points, including 20.4 in his senior year ... Three-time All-SEC selection by the Associated Press and twice by league coaches ... As a rookie, Waters set three Ole Miss sophomore scoring records with 446 point in 24 games, averaging 18.6 points and scoring 33 points against Tennessee for a one-game high ... Ranked third in the SEC in scoring that year and earned first-team All-SEC honors by the AP and coaches ... 1990 Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
Don Kessinger (G, 1962-64)
A six-time All-Star during his 15-year Major League Baseball career, Kessinger also starred on the hardwood, receiving All-America honors in both basketball and baseball for Ole Miss in 1964 ... The first Rebel sophomore to be named to the squad, he also earned All-SEC honors for both sports his junior and senior years ... During his career on the court, Kessinger broke 18 Ole Miss scoring records ... His 1,553 career points and 22.2 point scoring average still stand ninth and fourth best, respectively ... Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame 1984 inductee ... 1989 Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
Ken Turner (F/G, 1967-69)
During his time as a Rebel, Turner counted for 1,159 career points for a 15.9 average ... His senior season saw him average 19.5 points with 20.5 points in conference competition, which led the Rebels in scoring ... 1968 All-SEC honorable mention and 1969 All-SEC third team.
Ron Coleman (G, 1968-70)
A 1970 All-SEC cecond team honoree by the AP and UPI, Coleman ended his career with 1,046 points and was just one shy of 500 points in his senior season ... Averaged 13.8 points in 52 career SEC games ... Selected to play in the East-West All-America basketball game at the end of his college career.
Johnny Neumann (F, 1971)
In his only season as a Rebel, Neumann was named All-America by the NABC, Helms Athletic Foundation and United Savings ... UPI and AP SEC Player of the Year as he averaged an incredible 40.1 points per game to lead all the nation in scoring ... Holds the Ole Miss single-season scoring record with 923 points, and his name occupies the top five spots on the Rebel single-game scoring chart, with his 63-point performance against LSU topping the list ... Also received Academic All-America and SEC Honor Roll status ... Went pro after his sophomore year and played in the ABA and NBA.
Fred Cox (C, 1971-1974)
At 7-0, Cox is one of the tallest players in school history ... Posted 1,105 career points for an average of 14.5 per game ... Among the nation’s top five field-goal shooters with a 62.8 percent average in 1974 ... Named as one of the top five freshmen in the conference in 1971 and landed on the SEC All-Freshman and All-Sophomore teams his first two seasons.
Coolidge Ball (F, 1972-74)
The first black athlete to sign a scholarship with Ole Miss, Ball excelled as a starting forward for his three varsity years ... Earned a variety of All-SEC first-, second- and third-team selections by the AP, UPI and coaches in his three seasons ... Also voted team MVP by his teammates ... Averaged 16.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest as a sophomore, while also leading the team with 42 assists ... Still ranks 10th in season rebounds with 257, eighth in career rebounds with 754 and 26th in career scoring with 1,072 ... Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame 2008 inductee ... 1991 Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
Dave Shepherd (G, 1974-75)
After transferring from Indiana University, Shepherd was the Rebel’s top scorer in 1975 with a 20.7 average ... 1975 All-SEC second-team selection by UPI and third team by the AP while also earning Academic All-America accolades ... Became the highest scoring guard in a single season at Ole Miss in 1975 by tallying 537 points ... Second-leading scorer in the SEC after averaging 21.2 points per outing in league play.
Walter Actwood (F, 1974-1977)
Ole Miss all-time leading rebounder with 945 career boards ... As a rookie, averaged 9.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per outing and was selected to several SEC All-Freshman teams ... Had a breakout sophomore year with a 13.8 scoring average and 11.3 rebounds per contest, which still ranks third on the single-season Rebel charts ... For his career, Actwood collected 1,216 points to rank him 19th among Ole Miss’ all-time leading scorers.
John Billips (F/G, 1976-77)
A transfer from Chipola Junior College in Florida, Billips started every game except one during his two-year career at Ole Miss ... 1977 All-SEC third-team selection as a senior ... Led the team with 17.3 points and 9.8 boards per contest that season, good for eighth and fifth in the conference, respectively ... Fifth-round pick of the Denver Nuggets in the 1977 NBA Draft.
John Stroud (F, 1977-80)
Ole Miss all-time leading scorer with 2,328 career points, third-most in SEC history ... One of two Rebels to receive All-America honors in two different seasons ... As a senior, earned AP All-America third-team honors as well as being selected to the John Wooden Award and Citizens Savings Athletic Foundation All-America teams ... Named SEC Player of the Year by the Tuscaloosa Tip-Off Club ... AP All-America honorable mention selection in 1979 ... Led the SEC in scoring in 1979 and 1980 with 26.3 and 25.2 points per contest, respectively ... Three-time All-SEC honoree ... Drafted in the second round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets ... Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame 2009 inductee ... 1995 Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
Elston Turner (F/G, 1978-81)
A 1980 and 1981 All-SEC selection, Turner is the fourth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder in school history with 1,805 career points and 828 career boards ... Led the team in scoring with 20.6 ppg and rebounding with 8.1 rpg in 1981 ... Named to the 1981 SEC All-Tournament team after helping Ole Miss to the league’s tournament title and the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance ... Spent eight seasons as a player in the NBA and the last 13 years as an assistant coach in the league ... 2000 Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
Sean Tuohy (G, 1979-82)
The Ole Miss and SEC all-time assists leader with 830 career dishes ... Also holds the league record for single-season assists with 260 in 1980 ... Owns four of the top six single-season assists marks in the Ole Miss record books ... Earned All-SEC second and third team honors three different years and guided Ole Miss to three consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in school history ... Three-time team captain, including the 1981 SEC Tournament Championship team ... First four-year Rebel player to graduate with a winning record (62-55) ... 1998 Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
Carlos Clark (G/F, 1980-83)
Following the 1981-82 campaign, Clark was named AP All-America honorable mention after he averaged 21.1 points per game ... Earned All-SEC first-team accolades in 1982 and 1983 ... Scored 1,822 points, which ranks him third in career scoring at Ole Miss ... Scored in double figures in 37-straight games and shot 54.7 percent for his career, good for fifth on the Rebel charts ... As a freshman, hit the game-winning bucket that gave Ole Miss its first postseason victory, 76-74 over Grambling in the NIT ... Won the 1984 NBA Championship as a member of the Boston Celtics ... 2001 Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
Roger Stieg (C, 1980-83)
A four-year starter for the Rebels, Stieg averaged 11.2 points and a team-high 5.6 rebounds during his final campaign when he received All-SEC third-team honors ... Ranks eighth in school history with 121 career games played and third with a 56.0 career field-goal percentage ... Just missed becoming a member of the 1,000-point club with his 957 career point total.
Eric Laird (G, 1982-85)
Two-time All-SEC selection in 1984 and 1985 ... The Sporting News named him honorable mention All-America as a junior ... Ranks 12th on the Ole Miss all-time scoring list with 1,421 points and second in career steals with 179 ... In the 1983-84 season, Laird was fourth in the SEC in both scoring with 17.3 points per game and steals with 55 ... Helped the Rebels to an NIT berth in 1983 and recorded a school-record eight steals in the third-round encounter at DePaul.
Joe Ayers (F, 1984-87)
Ayers finished his four-year career with 1,130 points, 24th on the all-time chart ... Had a breakout sophomore year averaging 12.5 points per game, then his best season as a senior with 13.8 points per outing ... Also became the first Ole Miss player to reach over 1,000 points and 200 assists in his career ... Ranks fifth on the Rebel charts with 157 career steals.
Rod Barnes (G, 1985-88)
An honorable mention All-America pick by The Sporting News following his 1987-88 senior campaign ... Selected to numerous All-SEC teams in 1988 and finished third in SEC Player of the Year voting by the league coaches ... Averaged 19.0 points as a senior and became the first Ole Miss player to record 500 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in one season ... Finished his career with 1,201 points, while his 456 career assists are second-most in Ole Miss history ... Served as the Rebels’ head coach from 1999-2006.
Eric Smith (F, 1986-87)
Consistent scorer and rebounder during his two seasons at Ole Miss ... Earned All-SEC third-team recognition in 1986 when he averaged 17.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game ... The next year, the forward led Ole Miss with an 8.0 rebounding average, which ranked him fifth in the SEC.
Charles Prater (G, 1987-88)
Started every game during his two-year Rebel career ... In 1986-87, averaged 12.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per outing ... He also tallied a steal in all but six games during his first season, good for 42 that year ... In his final season, Prater posted 464 points, good for a 16.0 average, and was named to All-SEC third team.
Tim Jumper (G, 1987-1991)
Ranks 14th in school history with 1,375 career points ... Named the SEC’s Freshman of the Year by Jefforson-Pilot and was the only unanimous choice to the SEC Coaches All-Freshman squad in 1987 when he averaged 13.6 points and 2.2 assists per game ... After recovering from an ACL injury his sophomore year, Jumper came back the next season to score double figures in 19 of the final 23 games to average 12.5 points.
Gerald Glass (F, 1989-90)
Glass received All-America honorable mention and All-SEC first team honors in both of his two standout seasons as a Rebel after transferring from Delta State ... After his first season, Glass entered the 1989-90 campaign with many preseason accolades, including Dick Vitale, Billy Packer, Playboy, Scripps Howard, Street and Smith, AP and UPI’s preseason All-America teams ... His 26.1 point career scoring average is second on the Ole Miss charts and sixth in Southeastern Conference history ... Finished his two-year career with 1,564 points, placing him eighth all-time at Ole Miss ... First-round pick of Minnesota in the 1990 NBA Draft ... 2002 Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
Joe Harvell (F, 1990-93)
After earning Freshman All-America honors, Harvell earned All-SEC accolades in each of the next three seasons ... The scoring machine racked up 2,078 career points, which still ranks among the top 20 totals in league history and second on the Ole Miss charts ... As a freshman, Harvell was the SEC Tournament’s leading scorer with 57 points while helping Ole Miss to the championship game ... In his junior season, he topped the SEC and was 12th in the nation in scoring with 25.0 points per outing ... Became the second Rebel and 19th SEC player to surpass 2,000 points in a career and started all but one of his 114 career games played at Ole Miss.
Ansu Sesay (F, 1995-98)
Consensus All-America pick in 1998 ... Named to the John R. Wooden All-America team among several other organizations ... Finalist for both the John R. Wooden and Oscar Robertson Player of the Year awards while being named SEC Player of the Year by both the AP and league coaches ... Scored 18.6 points per game and averaged 7.6 boards per contest ... One of two Rebels to ever record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 200 assists in a career ... The forward scored in double figures in the last 53 games of his career ... Prior to his senior year, won a gold medal with Team USA at the World University Games in Italy ... Played four seasons in the NBA after being drafted in the second round in 1998.
Jason Smith (F, 1996-1999)
Smith’s 1,286 career points ranks him 16th on the Rebel career scoring chart ... Became one of only four players at Ole Miss to finish a career with 1,000 points, 550 rebounds and 200 assists ... Tops the Rebel career steals chart with 211 and became only the 12th player in SEC history to record 200 or more steals in a career ... Also grabbed 671 career rebounds.
Keith Carter (G, 1996-99)
1999 Associated Press honorable mention All-America selection ... Also nominated for the Naismith Player of the Year award ... Finished his career strong by scoring 542 points and hitting 77 three-point filed goals as a senior ... His 1,682 career points are sixth-most in school history, and he sits second on the three-pointers chart, making 249 for his career ... The four-year starter received All-SEC first and second team honors in 1998 and 1999 ... Won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. national team at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
Rahim Lockhart (F, 1998-2001)
Selected to the 2001 Basketball Times All-America third team ... Also earned All-SEC first-team honors his senior season among many other accolades, when putting up team highs of 13.0 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per outing ... Scored 1,160 points during his four years, which places him 21st on the career chart ... His 780 career rebounds are fifth-most in Rebel history ... Posted 23 career double-doubles and is second on Ole Miss’ all-time field goal percentage ranks at 56.1 percent.
Jason Harrison (G, 1999-2002)
After playing in a school-record 132 career games, Harrison’s 1,066 points and 427 assists ranks him 27th and fourth, respectively, on the Rebel all-time charts ... The diminutive point guard led the Rebels in assists with 122 and led the SEC in free-throw shooting at 86 percent his senior year ... His 163 career three-pointers are fourth-most in school history ... Named to the All-SEC third team in 2000 and 2001 ... Became only the second player in Ole Miss history to have 1,000 points and 400 assists ... His three-pointer in the waning moments of a 59-56 win over Notre Dame in the 2001 NCAA Tournament propelled the Rebels to their first Sweet Sixteen appearance.
Aaron Harper (F/G, 2001-04)
Ole Miss all-time leader in three-pointers with 278, tied for ninth-most in SEC history ... Streak of 41 straight games with a three-pointer is the third-longest in SEC history ... Ranks 10th in career assists, 10th in career points and ninth in career steals at Ole Miss ... Collected 1,505 career points to average 12.2 over his four years ... As a senior, he finished among the SEC leaders in league play in eight statistical categories, more than any other player.
Justin Reed (F, 2001-04)
Wrapped up his career as the first Rebel to earn All-SEC honors all four years and the first ever two-time Wooden Award candidate from a Mississippi college ... His 1,785 career points rank fifth in school history, while his 766 rebounds are seventh-most ... As a senior, averaged 18.5 points per game in claiming the SEC scoring title, while he was also the first league player taken in the 2004 NBA Draft ... Also finished top 10 in the SEC in rebounds (sixth at 7.5) and field-goal percentage (sixth at .464) as a senior ... Competed with Team USA at the 2001 World University Games and was named 2001 SEC Freshman of the Year by the AP and league coaches.
Todd Abernethy (G, 2004-07)
A three-year team captain, Abernethy scored 1,036 career points and finished third on the Ole Miss all-time assists chart with 431 and fifth in three-pointers with 158 ... Selected to the coaches’ All-SEC second team in 2007 when he amassed the fourth-most single-season assists by a Rebel with 182 and led the SEC in assists per game with 5.52 and assist/turnover ratio with 2.94 ... League coaches voted him the SEC Sixth Man of the Year in 2005 ... Two-time SEC Good Works team member and four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll.
A junior college transfer from Okaloosa-Walton, Sanders led Ole Miss and ranked fifth in the SEC with 16.1 points per game in his final season en route to All-SEC second team honors from the league coaches and AP ... Set a then-school record with 96 three-pointers during his senior season, as well as leading the SEC with 56 treys in league play ... Collected 127 three-point shots in his career as well as knocking down four or more three-pointers in 12 games.
Dwayne Curtis (C, 2006-08)
After transferring from Auburn in 2004, Curtis finished his three-year Rebel career with the sixth-most rebounds (774) and 18th-most points (1,232) in school history ... Set the school record for highest career field-goal percentage at .584 ... His 34 double-doubles are third-most in the Ole Miss record books ... As a senior, posted averages of 14.9 points and 9.6 rebounds, established an Ole Miss record with 337 rebounds in a season and ranked first in the nation with 154 offensive rebounds en route to All-SEC second-team honors ... All-SEC honorable mention in 2006 when he put up 13.6 points and 7.6 boards per game.
Bios compiled by Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations Student Assistant Whitney Tarpy.
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