Small-College Stars Still Shine in Big-Time
How good was Morningside (Iowa) early in the 21st Century? The Chiefs had three players transfer to NCAA Division I schools following the 2000-01 campaign and pace the universities in a variety of statistical categories two years later - Nebraska's Andrew Drevo (led in scoring and rebounding), Northern Iowa's Matt Schneiderman (rebounding) and Denver's Dusty Wadlington (assists).
A striking number of standout major-college players started their careers playing for a four-year small college before transferring. The most prominent player in history in this category is all-time great Elgin Baylor. More than 30 different players became DI conference all-league selections in the 1980s and 1990s after starting their careers at a small four-year college. They are included among the following alphabetical list:
Player (Small College/Major College/Career Summary)
Henry Akin, C (William Carey, Miss./Morehead State 64-65)/Two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection averaged more than 11 rebounds each of his two seasons with the Eagles.
*Kenny Ammann, G (Cal State Bakersfield 87/Stanford 90-91)/Averaged only 3.4 ppg for Cal State Bakersfield before averaging 10.3 ppg as a two-year starter for Stanford.
Sandy Anderson, G (Belmont Abbey, N.C. 83/UNC Wilmington 85-87)/Averaged 9.1 ppg as a freshman with Belmont Abbey. Averaged 8.5 ppg and 2.4 apg for UNCW.
Chad Barnes, G (Loyola, La. 02-03/New Orleans 05)/Averaged 9.7 ppg and 3.5 rpg in his only season with UNO after leading Loyola in scoring and rebounding his two seasons there (14.7 ppg and 5.9 rpg as a freshman and 21.6 ppg and 7 rpg as a sophomore).
Scott Barnes, C (Eastern Montana 81-82/Fresno State 84-85)/Averaged 9.7 ppg and 4.8 rpg for Eastern Montana before averaging 11.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg for Fresno State. Barnes was an All-PCAA second-team selection as a senior when he led the Bulldogs in rebounding (7.4 rpg). Grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds against Karl Malone-led Louisiana Tech when Fresno bowed to the Bulldogs in the first round of the 1984 NCAA playoffs.
Brad Barton, G (BYU-Hawaii 99-00/Weber State 02-03)/Ranked 10th in the nation in assists with 5.2 per game among NCAA Division II players in 1999-2000. Averaged 3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg and 1.1 spg in two seasons with the Wildcats.
Elgin Baylor, F (College of Idaho 55/Seattle 57-58)/Averaged 31.3 ppg and 18.9 rpg for College of Idaho (now Albertson College) before averaging 31.2 ppg and 19.8 rpg for Seattle. He was an NCAA unanimous first-team All-American and Final Four Most Outstanding Player as a junior in 1957-58.
Tyrus Baynham, F-G (District of Columbia 84/Middle Tennessee State 86-88)/Averaged 5.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg as UDC freshman teammate of small-school sensation Earl Jones. Averaged 11.8 ppg and 3.7 rpg for MTSU. Collected seven points and three rebounds against Notre Dame in a first-round loss in the 1987 East Regional before becoming an All-OVC second-team selection the next year.
Drake Beranek, G (Nebraska-Kearney 07-09/Nebraska 11)/Averaged 4.2 ppg and 2.4 rpg as a senior with the Huskers. Three-time All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection averaged 17.9 ppg and 6.9 rpg with Kearney, including a career-high 41 points against Metro State.
Davion Berry, G-F (Cal State Monterey Bay 10-11/Weber State 13)/Averaged 18.3 ppg and 4.1 rpg with Monterey Bay while twice earning All-CCAA honors. He played for the same AAU program as Weber State's Damian Lillard, the nation's leading scorer in 2011-12.
Anthony Bethune, F (Lock Haven, Pa. 94-95/Hartford 97-98)/Averaged 14 ppg and 6.3 rpg at New Haven, where he was named All-New England Collegiate Conference as a sophomore after earning league rookie of the year acclaim as a freshman. All-America East second-team selection as a junior when he averaged team-high 15 ppg. He was the Hawks' second-leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (5.9 rpg) as a senior.
Andrew Betts, C (C.W. Post, N.Y. 95-96/Long Beach State 98)/Averaged 13.8 ppg and 10.4 rpg while shooting 52.6% from the floor in two years with c.W. Post. All-Big West Conference first-team selection in his only season with the 49ers averaged 18.7 ppg, 10.1 rpg and 1.7 bpg.
Don Boldebuck, C (Nebraska Wesleyan 52-53/Houston 55-56)/Averaged more than 20 ppg for Nebraska Wesleyan before averaging 23 ppg and 17 rpg in leading Houston in scoring and rebounding both of his seasons with the Cougars. He paced them in scoring in both of their NCAA playoff games in 1956.
Jimmy Bolden, G (St. Mary's, Mich. 91-92/Wichita State 93)/South Florida transfer averaged 16.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 5.9 apg for St. Mary's (Mich.) before leading Wichita State in scoring (13.4 ppg), assists (2.6 apg) and steals (40).
Mike Born, G (Nebraska-Omaha 85-86/Iowa State 88-89)/Averaged 10.5 ppg for Nebraska-Omaha before averaging 8.6 ppg and 2.5 apg for two NCAA Tournament teams at Iowa State. Scored six points in each of his NCAA playoff games.
Tom Boswell, C (South Carolina State 72-73/South Carolina 75)/Two-time All-MEAC selection (averaged more than 17 points and 11 rebounds each season with SCSU) outscored teammates Mike Dunleavy and Alex English to lead the Gamecocks' NIT squad in scoring average with 16.5 ppg. Boswell became a first-round draft choice of the Boston Celtics as an undergraduate.
Jim Boylan, G (Assumption, Mass. 74-75/Marquette 77-78)/Fifth-leading scorer for 1977 NCAA Tournament champion. He scored 14 points in the tourney final against Phil Ford-led North Carolina. Boylan averaged 10.1 ppg and 3.1 rpg while shooting 78.8% from the free-throw line with Assumption.
Dion Brown, F (Chaminade, Hawaii 87/Washington 89-91)/Averaged 10.9 ppg and 5.1 rpg as a sophomore, 11.3 ppg and 6.6 rpg as a junior, and 15.5 ppg and 7.9 rpg as a senior. Led the Huskies in rebounding his last two seasons. Brown averaged 11.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg as a freshman with Chaminade.
Jon Bryant, G (St. Cloud State, Minn. 96-97/Wisconsin 99-00)/All-North Central Conference selection and team MVP with 17.3 ppg as a sophomore after being named NCC Freshman of the Year when he hit 57.4% of his three-point attempts. Top three-point shooter for the Badgers' 2000 Final Four team as a senior averaged 7.3 ppg in his two-year DI career.
John Bunch, C (Lincoln, Pa. 03-04/Monmouth 06-07)/Led Division III in blocked shots as a freshman and sophomore, including two games when he rejected an NCAA record 18 shots. Member of Monmouth's 2006 NCAA Tournament team before leading the Northeast Conference in blocked shots with 3.3 per game as a senior in 2006-07.
Frank Burgess, G (Arkansas-Pine Bluff 54/Gonzaga 59-61)/After leaving the military (Air Force), he averaged 28.2 ppg and 7.6 rpg with the Zags. Led the nation in scoring with 32.4 ppg as a senior when he was an NCAA consensus second-team All-American.
Ronnie Clark, F (Florida Southern 00/Colorado State 02-04)/Sunshine State Conference freshman of the year with Florida Southern (6.4 ppg, 3 rpg, 53.3 FG%). Averaged 9.7 ppg and 4.7 rpg while shooting 52.7% from the floor in his three-year career with the Rams, who appeared in the 2003 NCAA playoffs.
Jeff Condill, G (SIU-Edwardsville 83/Gonzaga 84-86)/Averaged 12.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 2.8 apg as a sophomore and 10.5 ppg as a junior before becoming an All-WCAC selection as a senior (13.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, and league-high 1.5 spg). His first season with the Zags was as John Stockton's running mate. Averaged 8.2 ppg and 3.4 rpg as a freshman with SIUE.
Terry Connolly, F (Shepherd, W. Va. 87-88/Richmond 90-91)/Averaged 8.2 ppg each of his two seasons with Spider NCAA playoff teams. Member of first #15 seed to defeat a #2 seed (Syracuse in 1991).
David Cooper, F (Southern New Hampshire 02/James Madison 04-06)/Northeast-10 Conference all-rookie team selection (8.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 59.7 FG%). Averaged 6.8 ppg and 5 rpg with JMU.
Pete Cornell, C (Puget Sound, Wash. 95/Loyola Marymount 97-98)/Averaged 4.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg as a sophomore and 8 ppg and 5.3 rpg as a junior with LMU before graduating early.
Josh Davalli, F (Massachusetts-Lowell 97/Towson 99-00)/Averaged 7.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg as a sophomore in 1998-99 and 5.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg as a junior in 1999-2000. Averaged 8.7 ppg and 5 rpg as a freshman for UML.
Jim Davidson, G-F (Concord, W. Va. 65/Marshall 67-69)/Member of WVIAC all-tourney team before transferring and averaging 16.1 ppg and 8.2 rpg with Marshall, leading the Thundering Herd in field-goal shooting as a junior (47.6%).
Miah Davis, G (Cal State Stanislaus 01/Pacific 03-04)/Led Big West Conference in free-throw shooting as a junior before becoming the league's MVP the next season when he finished in the league's top 15 in eight statistical categories. Third-leading scorer in the CCAA with 15.5 ppg in his only season with Stanislaus after transferring from junior college.
Nathan Day, F (Tennessee Temple 97/Liberty 99-01)/Averaged 10 ppg and 6 rpg as a freshman with Tennessee Temple. All-Big South Conference second-team selection as a senior when he averaged 13.3 ppg and 7.1 rpg, finishing his LU career with marks of 9.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg.
Jessie Deister, G (Cedarville, Ohio 98-99/Wright State 01-02)/Averaged 18.3 ppg as a freshman and 15.1 ppg as a sophomore while shooting 42.9% from beyond the three-point arc and 86.1% from the free-throw line with Cedarville. Averaged 13.6 ppg as a junior in 2000-01 when he was named MCC Newcomer of the Year before contributing 14.2 ppg and 2.9 rpg as a senior.
Dan Delgado, G (Massachusetts-Boston 90/Boston University 92-94)/Led Mass.-Boston in scoring as a freshman with 19.1 ppg before pacing BU in the same category as a sophomore with 14.8 ppg.
Dick Dickey, F (DePauw, Ind. 45/North Carolina State 47-50)/Averaged 5.1 ppg for DePauw as a Naval trainee during World War II. Four-time All-Southern Conference first-team selection finished his N.C. State career as the school's career-leading scorer (1,644 points in 123 games for a 13.3 average).
Andrew Drevo, F (Morningside, Iowa 00-01/Nebraska 03-04)/Two-time All-North Central Conference selection averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds as a sophomore after being tabbed the team's MVP as a freshman. As a junior, he led the Huskers in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.3). Contributed 10.8 ppg and 4.3 rpg as a senior.
Jack Eskridge, C (Graceland, Iowa 42-43/Kansas 47-48)/After his college career was interrupted by a stint in the U.S. Marines during World War II, he set a Kansas school with 30 points in one half against Nebraska. Following a couple of years in the NBA, he returned to KU and served as an assistant coach during the Wilt Chamberlain era.
Shaun Fein, G (Stonehill, Mass. 97-98/Georgia Tech 00-01)/Northest-10 Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore when he averaged 19.7 ppg and 4.8 apg after averaging 14.8 ppg as a freshman. Third-leading scorer for the Yellow Jackets as a junior with 10.6 ppg. Leading scorer as a senior with a 15.6-point average tallied 25 points in a 73-68 win at Virginia.
Tyler Field, C (UC San Diego 98/San Diego 00-01)/Division III Freshman of the Year when he averaged 24.2 ppg and 14.3 rpg and shot 65% from the floor. Averaged 8.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg in two years with the Toreros. Led the WCC in field-goal shooting as a sophomore (60.6%) in 1999-2000.
Khris Fortson, F (UC Riverside 83/UC Santa Barbara 85-87)/Averaged 11.1 ppg and 5.4 rpg as a sophomore, 10.1 ppg and 5 rpg as a junior, and 13.8 ppg and 7.1 rpg as a senior. Led the PCAA in field-goal shooting as a sophomore (66.5%). Averaged 5.8 ppg and 3.4 rpg as a freshman with UCR.
Chris Gardler, G (Widener, Pa. 87-88/St. Joseph's 90-91)/Averaged 11.3 ppg and led the Hawks in assists, steals and free-throw shooting in his first season with them. Averaged 13.7 ppg in his two years with Widener.
Jasen Gast, G-F (Incarnate Word, Tex. 00/Stephen F. Austin 02-04)/Division II's top three-point shooter in 1999-2000 (9.4 ppg, 90 FT%, 54.2 3FG%). Averaged 7.3 ppg in three years with the Lumberjacks. Led SLC in free-throw shooting (87.5%) as a junior.
Matt Gladieux, G (Bellarmine, Ky. 96-98/Coastal Carolina 00)/Led the Great Lakes Valley Conference in scoring (20.1 ppg) in 1997-98. All-Big South Conference first-team selection in his only season with the Chanticleers (16.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.9 spg, 42.5 3FG%). Played first two campaigns with Toledo and was a part-time starter for the Rockets as a sophomore.
Gerald Glass, F (Delta State, Miss. 86-87/Ole Miss 89-90)/Averaged 26.1 ppg and 12.5 rpg as a sophomore at Delta State after averaging 12.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg as a freshman. Ranked among the nation's top 20 scorers each of his two seasons as an All-SEC first-team selection with the Rebels. Played in the 1989 NIT before becoming an NBA first-round draft choice the next year.
Chuck Guittar, F-C (New Haven, Conn. 93-94/Drexel 96-97)/All-America East Conference third-team selection as a senior when he averaged 13.5 ppg and a team-high 8.3 rpg. Chipped in with averages of 9.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg the previous year. Contributed team highs of 16.3 ppg and 8.8 rpg as a sophomore with New Haven.
David Hallums, G (BYU-Hawaii 85-86/Hawaii 88-89)/Sparked BYU-Hawaii to its first NAIA Tournament in 1986 before averaging 7.7 ppg and leading the Rainbows in assists his final two seasons.
Sherman Hamilton, G (Florida Tech 93/Va. Commonwealth 95-97)/Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year in 1992-93 when he averaged 14.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg and 3 spg. Averaged 8.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 4.9 apg as a sophomore, 11 ppg and 4.3 apg as a junior, and 9.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 4.7 apg as a senior with VCU. All-CAA second-team selection in 1995-96.
Larry Hampton, F-G (Acadia, Nova Scotia 81/Fairleigh Dickinson 83-85)/Led FDU in scoring as a senior with 14.9 ppg. He was an All-ECAC Metro second-team selection in 1984 and 1985 after averaging 17 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 4.3 apg as a sophomore. Collected 10 points and six rebounds vs. Southeast Regional #1 seed Michigan in the 1985 NCAA playoffs.
Matt Hanson, F (St. Cloud, MN 05/Cal Poly 07-08)/Averaged 9.7 ppg and 5.9 rpg for St. Cloud after transferring from Vermont. Averaged 6.1 ppg and 4 rpg with Cal Poly, leading the Mustangs in rebounding as a senior with 5.3 per game.
Mike Hanson, G (Tennessee-Martin 89/Louisiana State 91-93)/Scored 40 points vs. LSU as a freshman when he led Tenn.-Martin in scoring (20 ppg) and assists. Erupted for 31 points against both Tennessee and Illinois as a sophomore when he was the Tigers' third-leading scorer (12.7 ppg) before his playing time decreased significantly his final two seasons. Member of three LSU teams that participated in the NCAA playoffs.
John Harrell, G (North Carolina Central 76/Duke 78-79)/Averaged 15.7 ppg and led N.C. Central in assists in 1975-76. Averaged 5.1 ppg for Duke's NCAA Tournament runner-up in 1977-78 before playing sparingly the next season.
Marchell Henry, F (St. Andrews Presbyterian, N.C. 83-84/East Carolina 86-87)/Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1983-84 (17.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 50.8 FG%). Led ECU in scoring in 1985-86 (15.6 ppg) and 1986-87 (19.1 ppg). All-CAA first-team selection as a senior when he also paced the Pirates in rebounding (6.6 rpg).
Rich Henry, F (North Dakota State 82/Maine 84-86)/Averaged 5 ppg and 2.7 rpg as a freshman with North Dakota State. Led Maine in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage as a junior and senior. He set a school record by hitting 59.1 percent of his field-goal attempts in 1984-85.
Curtis High, G (Tennessee-Martin 81-82/Nevada-Reno 84-85)/UTM's second-leading scorer as a freshman (14.3 ppg) and sophomore (12.6 ppg). Led UNR in scoring and assists as a junior (13.3 ppg, 6.3 apg) and senior (17.8 ppg, 6 apg) for two NCAA tourney squads. All-Big Sky first-team selection as a senior. Scored a team-high 21 points in 1984 first-round loss to Detlef Schrempf-led Washington.
Lew Hitch, C (Culver-Stockton, Mo./Kansas State 50-51)/Averaged 6.7 ppg for K-State.
Roy Howard, F (Tarleton State, Tex. 89/Texas-El Paso 91-93)/Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association Freshman of the Year when he led Tarleton State in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (11.5 rpg). UTEP's second-leading rebounder as a senior (6.5 rpg). Averaged 4.2 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 1992 NCAA playoff team that upset #1 seed Kansas in the Midwest Regional.
Harold "Buddy" Hudson (Oklahoma Baptist 57/Oklahoma 59-60)/Averaged 6.3 ppg for Oklahoma as a junior in 1958-59.
Carlin Hughes, G (Montana State-Billings 05-06/Saint Mary's 08-09)/Averaged 15 ppg for MSU-Billings before being inserted into the Gaels' regular rotation. Averaged 8.2 ppg and 3.3 apg with team-high 86% free-throw shooting as a senior.
Mahamoud Jabbi, F (SUNY Oswego 07-08/Binghamton 10-11)/Averaged 14.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 2.8 bpg (5th in DIII) as a sophomore. Ranked 2nd in blocked shots (1.4 per game) and 5th in rebounding (6.8 rpg) in the America East Conference as a junior before becoming an all-league third-team selection as a senior (9.9 ppg and team highs of 7.8 rpg and 1.6 bpg).
Avery Johnson, G (Cameron, Okla. 85/Southern, La. 87-88)/Averaged a modest 4.3 ppg for Cameron before leading the nation in assists as a SWAC first-team selection for two of Southern's NCAA tourney teams. Distributed a total of 17 assists in NCAA playoff games against Temple and Kentucky. Shares NCAA single-game record for most assists with 22. Went on to become principal playmaker for the San Antonio Spurs' NBA champion.
Maynard Johnson, F-C (Macalester, Minn. 47-48/Minnesota 50-51)/Led Macalester in scoring as a freshman (16.6 ppg) and sophomore (21.3 ppg). Minnesota's second-leading scorer as a junior (12.5 ppg) and senior (13.6 ppg). He scored 38 points vs. Colorado on December 27, 1950.
Carl Jones, G (Tarleton State 72/North Texas State 74-76)/Averaged 12.6 ppg for the Mean Green.
Larry Jones, F (C.W. Post, N.Y. 84/Boston University 86-88)/Led C.W. Post in blocked shots and was second on the team in rebounding as a freshman (11.6 ppg and 7.5 rpg). All-ECAC North Atlantic Conference first-team selection as a senior (17.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg).
Oscar Jones, G-F (Winston-Salem State, N.C. 82/Delaware 84-86)/Two-time all-league selection led the Blue Hens in scoring all three seasons--13.6 ppg as a sophomore, 16.9 ppg as a junior, and ECC-high 20.2 ppg as a senior.
Willie "Hutch" Jones, C-F (Buffalo State 78/Vanderbilt 80-82)/Paced the Commodores in scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg) as a senior. Led Vandy in field-goal shooting all three seasons to finish his DI career at 60.5%. Averaged 7.1 ppg and 7 rpg as a freshman with Buffalo State.
Marcus Kennedy, F-C (Ferris State, Mich. 87-89/Eastern Michigan 91)/Mid-American Conference Player of the Year when he paced the league in scoring (20 ppg) and field-goal percentage (68.2 FG%). Led team in scoring in NCAA playoff victories against Mississippi State and Penn State. Averaged 17.1 ppg and 8 rpg while shooting 60.7% from the floor with Ferris State, leading the team in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore and junior.
LeRoy King, ? (Monmouth, Ill./Northwestern 46)/Averaged 13.5 ppg overall in his lone season with Northwestern, finishing sixth in scoring in Big Ten competition (11.8 ppg).
*Tony Kitt, F (Elon, N.C. 96/Kansas State 99-00)/Led K-State in rebounding both seasons with the Wildcats while averaging 10.6 ppg. Paced Elon in scoring (17.3 ppg), rebounding (8.3 rpg), blocked shots (2.3 bpg) and field-goal shooting (57.4%) as a freshman.
Fred Lewis, F (Tampa 88/South Florida 90-92)/Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year when he averaged 15.2 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds per game for USF. He was the Bulls' second-leading rebounder all three seasons, including two NCAA playoff teams. Lewis was an All-Metro Conference second-team selection as a senior.
Bob Lochmueller, F (Oakland City, Ind./Louisville 50-52)/Averaged 15 ppg for the Cardinals, leading their first NCAA Tournament team in scoring as a junior (19 ppg).
Matt Massey, C (Nova Southeastern, Fla. 08/Southern Utah 10-11)/Averaged 7.1 ppg and 4.9 rpg for Nova. Averaged 8.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg in his first two seasons with the Thunderbirds.
Tony Massop, C (Sacramento State 87/Kansas State 89-90)/Averaged 10.3 ppg and 8 rpg as a sophomore at Sacramento State. Averaged 5.9 ppg and 5.6 rpg as a junior and 8.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg as a senior for a pair of NCAA tourney teams. He was the Wildcats' leading rebounder in 1989-90.
Jim McCaffrey, G (St. Michael's, Vt. 82-83/Holy Cross 85-86)/Led St. Michael's in scoring as a freshman (12.9 ppg) and sophomore (21 ppg) before pacing Holy Cross in scoring and assists as a junior (21.6 ppg, 4.3 apg) and senior (22.8 ppg, 3.9 apg). Two-time All-MAAC first-team selection had a 46-point, 15-assist game vs. Iona as a junior and was named MAAC Tournament MVP as a senior.
Bob McCann, C (Upsala, N.J. 83/Morehead State 85-87)/Averaged 9.9 ppg and 8 rpg for Upsala. Three-time All-OVC first-team choice paced Morehead in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots all three seasons. He averaged 17.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg in his career with the Eagles.
Brent McCollin, G (Concordia, N.Y. 87/Long Island 89-91)/LIU's leading scorer in 1989-90 (19 ppg) and 1990-91 (21.5 ppg). Averaged a team-high 15.8 ppg as a freshman with Concordia.
Leon McGee, G (Michigan Tech 90/Western Michigan 92-94)/Named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference freshman of the year when he led Michigan Tech in scoring (14.8 ppg) and tied for lead in rebounding (4.8 rpg). All-Mid-American Conference selection each of his three seasons with WMU. He averaged 15.1 ppg and 4.3 rpg as a sophomore, 14.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg as a junior, and 19.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.4 apg as a senior.
Brian Merriweather, G (Cumberland, Ky. 97/Texas-Pan American 99-01)/Member of Cumberland's 1997 NAIA Tournament semifinalist before twice pacing DI in most three-point field goals per game in a season. Averaged 20.7 ppg in three-year career with the Broncs.
Ralph Miller, G (Livingstone, N.C./South Carolina State 83-85)/Led the MEAC in assists with 5.5 per game in 1982-83 and 4.4 in 1983-84 before averaging a team-high 14.9 ppg as a senior in 1984-85. All-MEAC second-team selection as a junior.
*Marc Mitchell, G (UW-Oshkosh 89/UW-Milwaukee 92-93)/Averaged 10 ppg for Oshkosh as a freshman before averaging 12.7 ppg and 7.8 apg at Cloud County Community College in 1990-91. Led UWM in assists and steals and was second-leading scorer each of his two seasons--15.8 ppg, 6.2 apg and 3.1 spg in 1991-92 and 17.3 ppg, 7 apg and 2.9 spg in 1992-93.
Bret Mundt, C (Bethel, Tenn. 85-86/Memphis State 88-89)/Averaged 5.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 1987-88 and 6.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 1988-89 for a pair of NCAA tourney teams. Scored 13 points when the Tigers lost to Purdue in the 1988 Midwest Regional.
Tucker Neale, G (Ashland, Ohio 91/Colgate 93-95)/Colgate's all-time leading scorer averaged 23.1 ppg for the school's first NCAA playoff team in 1995. Three-time All-Patriot League selection scored a career-high 45 points as a junior against Bucknell.
Nick Neumann, C (Binghamton, N.Y. 99/Florida Atlantic 01-03)/Averaged 5.9 ppg and 4.4 rpg with Binghamton. Grabbed 13 rebounds in a game against Campbell in his first season with FAU. Averaged 6.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg as a senior.
Yemi Nicholson, C (Fort Lewis, Colo. 02/Denver 04-06)/Averaged 7.5 ppg and 4.3 rpg as a sophomore with the Pioneers. Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year as a junior when he averaged 18.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 3 bpg. Averaged 15.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2.4 bpg in three-year career with the Pioneers.
Ime Oduok, C (Pacific Christian, Calif. 92/Loyola Marymount 94-96)Two-time All-WCC selection averaged 11.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg while shooting 59% from the floor during his LMU career. The Eket, Nigeria native grabbed 22 rebounds against Buffalo as a sophomore.
Fernando Ortiz, G-F (St. Vincent's, Pa. 97-98/Middle Tennessee State 00-01)/First-team NAIA All-American in 1997-98 when he averaged 18 ppg, 7 rpg and 4.2 apg. All-OVC second-team selection averaged 15.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.1 apg for MTSU as a junior in 1999-2000 before contributing 13 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 3.3 apg as a senior.
Billy Paultz, C (Cameron, Okla. 67/St. John's 69-70)/Averaged 9.5 ppg and 5 rpg with Cameron before transferring back to the East Coast. Participated in the 1969 NCAA playoffs with the Redmen before averaging 15.8 ppg and 13.4 rpg for the 1970 NIT runner-up.
*Jay Peters, G (Ripon, Wis. 88/Wisconsin 91-92)/Averaged 3 ppg for the Badgers in 1990-91 and 1991-92. Averaged a team-high 18.7 ppg as a freshman with Ripon.
Donald Petties, G-F (Wayne State, Mich. 82/Western Michigan 85-86)/All-MAC second-team selection as a senior (15.7 ppg and 4.5 rpg). Averaged a team-high 19.9 ppg as a freshman for Wayne State.
Aaron Preece, G (Illinois College/Bradley 49-51)/Sixth-leading scorer for the Braves' 1950 NCAA and NIT runner-up tallied 12 points in each of the NCAA Final Four games.
Geoff Probst, G (UC Davis 89/San Diego 91-93)/Averaged 3.3 apg for the Toreros as a junior and 4.1 apg as a senior. Averaged 8.5 ppg and team-high 5.6 apg as a freshman for UC Davis.
Sam Puckett, G (Hawaii-Hilo 73/Hawaii 75)/Averaged 3.5 ppg as a senior for the Rainbows. Originally signed with Notre Dame but didn't measure up academically.
Phenizee Ransom, F (Winston-Salem State, N.C. 94-95/Georgia 97-98)/Averaged 17.6 ppg and 6.2 rpg as CIAA rookie of the year in 1993-94 before averaging 19.1 ppg and 6.9 rpg the next season as an All-CIAA first-team pick. After transferring, he was a member of Tubby Smith's 1997 NCAA playoff team before averaging 3.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg as a senior for Georgia's 1998 NIT third-place team.
Troy Richardson, G (North Dakota State 81-82/Eastern Illinois 84-85)/Led the Mid-Continent Conference in assists (6.6 apg) and steals (2.7 spg) as a senior. Averaged more than 9 ppg each of his two seasons with EIU. Averaged 6 ppg in two years with NDSU.
Justin Rowe, C (Clearwater, Fla., Christian 1999-2000/Maine 02-03)/Finished among the top four in the nation in blocked shots with more than four per game as a junior and senior. All-America East Conference first-team selection in 2001-02 when he led the league in field-goal shooting (59.4%). Averaged 11.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 4.1 bpg with the Black Bears.
Matt Schneiderman, F (Morningside, Iowa 00-01/Northern Iowa 03-04)/All-North Central Conference first-team selection as a sophomore (14.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 62 FG%) after contributing a modest 5.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg as a freshman. Northern Iowa's leading rebounder (7.6 rpg) and second-leading scorer (13 ppg) as a junior before contributing 11 ppg and 6.4 rpg as a senior.
Dwayne Scholten, C (Seattle Pacific 83-84/Washington State 86-87)/Led the Pacific-10 Conference with 9.2 rpg as a senior when he also contributed 11.5 ppg. Missed half of junior year because of a broken foot. Averaged 12 ppg and teaqm-high 10.3 rpg as a sophomore with Seattle Pacific after contributing a modest 4.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg as a freshman.
Willie Scott, G (Hillsdale, Mich. 79-80/Bradley 82-83)/All-Missouri Valley Conference second-team selection as a senior (8.4 ppg, 6.6 apg, 2.9 spg). Led the MVC in assists the previous year (6.2 apg).
Reggie Sharp, G (West Georgia 97/Auburn 99-01)/Averaged 6 ppg and 3.2 apg in helping West Georgia win the 1997 Gulf South Conference title with a 24-6 record. Lefthander averaged 2.9 ppg with the Tigers.
Bill Sherwood, C-F (Oglethorpe, Ga. 84-85/Oregon State 87-88)/Averaged 7.7 ppg in 1986-87 and 14.7 ppg in 1987-88 for the Beavers. Outscored teammate Gary Payton with 17 points in OSU's 70-61 loss to Louisville in the 1988 Southeast Regional. Averaged a modest 7.7 ppg and 3.9 rpg in two seasons with Oglethorpe.
Bill Simonovich, C (Hamline, Minn. 52/Minnesota 54-56)/Averaged 15.3 ppg and a team-high 10.9 rpg for Minnesota as a junior in 1954-55.
Ron Simpson, F (Adelphi, N.Y. 84/Rider 86-88)/Two-time All-ECC selection set Rider's DI single-game scoring record with 48 points vs. St. Francis (N.Y.) on 12-5-87 en route to establishing the Broncs' career scoring average mark (20.9 ppg). Averaged 23.2 ppg as a junior when he hit an amazing 52.4% of his three-point field-goal attempts. Averaged 15.6 ppg and 5.5 rpg as a freshman for Adelphi.
**Anthony Smith, F-C (Clark, Ga. 83/Western Kentucky 88-89)/Led WKU in rebounding as a sophomore (10.4 rpg) and junior (10.1 rpg) before he was dismissed from the team. Averaged more than 11 ppg each season with the Hilltoppers. Averaged 1.5 ppg and 1.4 rpg as a freshman with Clark before joining the military.
Scott Snider, C (Pacific Lutheran, Wash. 92-93/Gonzaga 95-96)/Led Pacific Lutheran in scoring as a freshman with 11.9 ppg before averaging 14 ppg and 5.6 rpg as a sophomore. Paced the WCC in field-goal shooting (62.9%) as a senior when he averaged 10.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg after averaging 5.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg the previous year for the Zags' first NCAA Tournament team.
Adam Sonn, C (Lipscomb, Tenn. 99/Belmont 01-03)/Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year as a senior. Two-time All-Atlantic Sun first-team selection averaged 16.1 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 3 apg with the Bruins. Runner-up for Freshman of the Year in the TranSouth Conference when he was named to the All-Newcomer team after averaging 12 ppg and 6 rpg.
David Stevens, G (Voorhees, S.C. 90-91/The Citadel 93-94)/Averaged 8.6 ppg in 1992-93 and a team-high 13.3 ppg in 1993-94 with the Bulldogs.
Demond Stewart, G (Mercyhurst, Pa. 97-98/Niagara 00-01)/First-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection as a sophomore when he led Mercyhurst in scoring with 20.3 ppg. Second-team All-MAAC selection as a junior when he finished seventh in the nation in scoring with 22.9 ppg. Exploded onto the Division I stage with a 37-point, 11-rebound performance against Buffalo.
Aquawasi St. Hillaire, F (SUNY-Delhi 01-02/Albany 04-05)/Albany's MVP as a junior when he averaged 9.8 ppg and team-high 6.8 rpg before contributing 4.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg the next year.
*Jerry Stroman, F (Benedict, S.C. 83/Utah 85-86)/All-WAC first-team selection as a senior when he led the Utes in scoring with 18 ppg.
Rich Tarrant, F (St. Lawrence, N.Y. 87/Vermont 89-91)/Averaged 6.4 ppg and 2.9 rpg as a sophomore, 6.1 ppg and 4.7 rpg as a junior and 9.7 ppg and 5.7 rpg as a senior.
*Johnny Taylor, F (Knoxville, Tenn. 94/Tenn.-Chattanooga 96-97)/Averaged 18.2 ppg and 8.1 rpg with UTC before becoming an NBA first-round draft choice. Southern Conference Player of the Year for UTC team that upset Georgia and Illinois in the 1997 Southeast Regional.
Derek Thompkins, G (Davis & Elkins, W. Va. 87/Va. Commonwealth 89-91)/West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference freshman of the year when he averaged 12.4 ppg and 4.9 rpg. After transferring to VCU, he averaged 6.5 ppg and 3.4 rpg as a sophomore, 6.1 ppg and 2.6 rpg as a junior and 9 ppg and 3.4 rpg as a senior.
Robert Thurman, F (Norwich, Vt. 09/California 11)/Averaged 11.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg as All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference third-team selection as a freshman. Played sparingly in first season with Cal.
Chad Townsend, G (St. Edward's, Tex. 95/Murray State 97-98)/Averaged 22.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg in his final season at St. Edward's. All-OVC second-team selection averaged 13.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg and a school-record 7.1 apg as a junior when he was OVC Tournament MVP. Played in two NCAA tourneys with the Racers and moved up to All-OVC first-team status his senior year.
Joel Tribelhorn, G (Fort Lewis, Colo. 85-87/Colorado State 89)/Finished third on Fort Lewis' career scoring list with 1,390 points after setting school single-season records for most points (635 in 1986-87), highest scoring average (24.4 ppg in 1985-86) and best three-point field-goal shooting (50% in 1986-87). The NAIA All-American second-team selection as a junior became an All-WAC second-team pick as a senior when he was CSU's second-leading scorer (13.8 ppg), led the Rams in field-goal shooting (53.9%) and paced the league in three-point shooting (56.3%). Scored a game-high 20 points when CSU upset Florida, 68-46, in the 1989 Midwest Regional.
Andrew Tunstill, G-F (West Virginia Wesleyan 83-84/Middle Tennessee State 86-87)/Averaged 13.6 ppg and 6 rpg in his two seasons at West Virginia Wesleyan. He was MTSU's second-leading scorer as a junior (12.8 ppg as an All-OVC second-team choice) and tied for the team lead as a senior (14.7 ppg). Held to six points in an 84-71 loss to Notre Dame in the 1987 East Regional.
Raymond Tutt, G (Azusa Pacific, Calif. 94-95/UC Santa Barbara 97-98)/Two-time All-Big West Conference selection averaged 18.9 ppg and 5.7 rpg as a senior after finishing 4th in the nation in scoring as a junior (24 ppg).
Brian Vaughns, F (Montana Tech 83-84/UC Santa Barbara 86-87)/All-PCAA second-team selection as a senior when he led the Gauchos in scoring (13.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg).
Tom Villemure, G (Lake Superior State 57-58/Detroit 60-61)/Averaged 25 ppg with Lake Superior before playing for a couple of NIT teams with U of D. Teammate of Dave DeBusschere averaged 2.1 ppg in 1959-60.
Dusty Wadlington, G (Morningside, Iowa 01/Denver 03)/J.C. transfer was named North Central Conference Newcomer of the Year and also earned first-team all-league honors after breaking Morningside's single-season assist and steal records. Led the Pioneers in assists as a senior with 3.8 per game.
Tom Wahl, G (Mankato State, Minn. 92-93/Nebraska 95-96)/Named to 10-man All-North Central Conference team as a sophomore when he averaged 13.1 ppg and 3.3 apg after averaging 10.6 ppg and 3.3 apg as a freshman. Averaged 8.4 ppg and 4 apg as a junior at Nebraska before averaging 6 ppg as a senior.
Lucas Walker, F (Montana State-Billings 05-06/Saint Mary's 08-09)/Australian averaged more than 13 points and five rebounds per game with MSU-Billings. Contributed 3.2 ppg and 2.4 rpg as a junior and 2.7 ppg as a senior.
Tony Walker, F (Kean College, N.J. 87/St. Peter's 89-91)/Finished his St. Peter's career No. 10 in all-time scoring with 1,325 points. He was an All-MAAC first-team selection as a senior (19.2 ppg and 7 rpg). Averaged 21.8 ppg as a freshman with Kean.
Roosevelt Wallace, F (Virginia Union 88-89/Arkansas 91-92)/Averaged 9.7 ppg and 7.7 rpg for VUU as a freshman and sophomore. Averaged 8.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg as a part-time starter for the Razorbacks' 1992 NCAA playoff squad.
Steve Weingarten, F (Connecticut College 07/La Salle 09-11)/Averaged 2.9 ppg and 1.3 rpg as a freshman (hitting 10 of 11 free-throw attempts) before transferring to DI, where he averaged 5.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg as a part-time starter for the Explorers as a junior before contributing 4.7 ppg and 3.2 rpg as a senior.
Kevin Whitted, F (Pfeiffer, N.C. 91/Tennessee 93-95)/He was the Volunteers' second-leading scorer as a senior (12 ppg).
Haywoode Workman, G (Winston-Salem State, N.C. 85/Oral Roberts 87-89)/Averaged a modest 10 ppg and 3 rpg with Winston-Salem before averaging 17.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 4.4 apg in three seasons for ORU.
Dave Zeigler, F (Youngstown State 79-80/Kent State 82-83)/He was an All-MAC second-team selection as a senior when he led the Golden Flashes in scoring (18.4 ppg) after contributing a team-high scoring average of 13.3 ppg in half a season as a junior. Averaged 26.3 ppg and 5.2 rpg with YSU, leading the Penguins in scoring both years.
* Played in junior college between starting his career at a small four-year school and finishing his career at a major university.
** Smith served in the U.S. Army and played against WKU while with the Ft. Hood Tankers military team before joining the Hilltoppers.