High School Basketball Forum: All Time Starting Five

Posted by hoopsjunkie on Tue, Mar 14, 2017, at 3:25 PM:

All time starting five from each SEMO area school?

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    Dereke Tipler

    Willie Jimerson

    Kony Ealy

    Ed Farr

    Travis Day

    .....NMCC

    -- Posted by indian73 on Tue, Mar 14, 2017, at 3:57 PM
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    NMCC

    Tipler

    Jimmerson

    Ed Farr

    Daniel Sexton

    Travis Day

    Daniel Sexton and Ed Farr as my shooting threats every night? I'll take my chances. Willie Jimmerson and Dereke Tipler as a dual PG/to the basket threat? I'll take it..

    Big men, you had some good ones.. could have easily taken Donnie Brown, Minner (Fig) or even Ronland (Rolo) Ranson at this position... But Travis is my guy.

    Not saying they're the best of all time, but If I had to take a starting 5, these are my guys.

    I know I'm overlooking some folks from the 88 team.. but hey, I wasn't very old then.

    -- Posted by secretagentman on Tue, Mar 14, 2017, at 4:48 PM
  • 04,05 Poplar Bluff teams, easily

    -- Posted by yaeger on Tue, Mar 14, 2017, at 4:54 PM
  • Tony Wofford, anyone?

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Tue, Mar 14, 2017, at 6:04 PM
  • Senath-Hornersville.

    Randy Benson

    Robert Duckworth

    Marty Moore

    Greg Holifield

    Jason Skelton

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Tue, Mar 14, 2017, at 6:48 PM
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    Tony Wofford in NMCC top 10 for sure!

    -- Posted by indian73 on Tue, Mar 14, 2017, at 8:15 PM
  • How about Coach Compton era New

    Madrid Indians, Indian 73 ?

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Tue, Mar 14, 2017, at 8:25 PM
  • I don't know really anything about Senath but I heard that Moore kids name a ton the last few years.

    -- Posted by Murphdogg on Tue, Mar 14, 2017, at 8:39 PM
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    The old NMHS was before consolidation... think Compton era had very few all-state players. His era ran from about '58 thru maybe'77.. 20 years... not sure bout players in his first 10 years but probably Mark Baker(71) and George ( junebug) Ross(70) would be 2 that stand out... NMCC is a totally different school comprised of Parma, New Madrid, Matthews and Lilbourn (Howardville).

    -- Posted by indian73 on Tue, Mar 14, 2017, at 8:40 PM
  • Don't think Randy Benson ever played for Senath Hornersville.

    He was just Senath.

    -- Posted by BTIndians on Wed, Mar 15, 2017, at 12:16 AM
  • PG- Tyler Landewee

    SG- Blake Bauwens

    SF- Winston Welter

    PF- Carter Dame

    C- Dawson Dohogne

    These players are overqualified if you ask me

    -- Posted by grizzliesfan348 on Wed, Mar 15, 2017, at 12:19 PM
  • Ryan willen

    Danny Doghogne

    Quinn poytherress

    austin greer

    ty williams

    for ND

    -- Posted by TheNewsReporter on Wed, Mar 15, 2017, at 12:20 PM
  • You can't leave Ronnie Ressel of the Notre Dame list. He was an exceptional high school point guard.

    -- Posted by BonScott on Wed, Mar 15, 2017, at 12:30 PM
  • Terry McCulloch

    Harold McAdams

    Jerry Stewart

    Lemi Williams

    Eddie Maroney

    North Pemiscot, after the consolidation (just a start)

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Wed, Mar 15, 2017, at 12:54 PM
  • Semo7178,

    Do you think Lemi was better than his brother?

    -- Posted by BonScott on Wed, Mar 15, 2017, at 3:22 PM
  • Dr.Greg Flaker of notre dame was a starting guard for Norm Stewart each side of 1970 or thereabouts

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Wed, Mar 15, 2017, at 4:18 PM
  • I could have them mixed up, BonScott. I would rate one of them definitely above the other.

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Wed, Mar 15, 2017, at 6:07 PM
  • Lemi's older brother graduated in '91. He was very good. His only problem was Scott County Central.:)

    -- Posted by BonScott on Wed, Mar 15, 2017, at 6:16 PM
  • These come to mind for Kennett; feel free to contribute.

    Don Tomlinson

    Robert Roundtree

    Calvin Willoughby

    Kevonte Mitchell

    John Hourd

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Wed, Mar 15, 2017, at 8:16 PM
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    Tony Wofford was one of the Goats...From what I hear. I decided to choose among the players I actually remember seeing play, so he was excluded.

    -- Posted by secretagentman on Wed, Mar 15, 2017, at 8:18 PM
  • I'm going to go by players I have seen only.

    Campbell

    Jake Brannon

    Brandon Clifton

    Justin Fowler

    Joe Campbell

    Michael Ligons

    Names I hear before my time

    Kevin Lawrence

    Kevin Deen

    Curt Shcalit

    -- Posted by h20_boy on Thu, Mar 16, 2017, at 10:55 AM
  • TheNewsReporter, how can you leave Greg Flaker off the ND list? He still holds the school record for most career points and played at Mizzou

    -- Posted by grizzliesfan348 on Thu, Mar 16, 2017, at 10:57 AM
  • ND

    Greg Flaker

    Quinn Poythress

    Ronnie Ressel

    Danny Dohogne

    Ryan Willen

    -- Posted by slumdogsports on Thu, Mar 16, 2017, at 11:12 AM
  • Dexter:

    Larry Bailey

    Terry Turlington

    David Guethle

    Matt Pruitt

    Brett Hale

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Thu, Mar 16, 2017, at 5:56 PM
  • Enjoyable part of these lists is it helps you remember players you haven't thought about for a while. Glad to see David Guetle mentioned at Dexter. Had a killer baseline head fake move. Also made me think of Gary Crane , Mike McGuire , and Scott Kruse's 28 ppg senior year

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Thu, Mar 16, 2017, at 6:19 PM
  • Hope to see folks from the following schools listed at the end of this post to share their lists. It's easy for me to think of 2, 3 or 4 players, but my memory isn't as good as those who have followed them throughout the years. To jog their memory, I'll post one name.

    Scott Central - Otto Porter (good luck trying to pick only 5!)

    Bernie - Anthony Beane

    Richland - Harold Persfull

    Bloomfield - Mike Wise

    Hayti - Benny Johnson

    Caruthersville - Joe Cagle

    Portageville - Antonio Sykes

    Advance - Carl Ritter

    Delta C-7 - Terry Mead

    Gideon - Roger Patillo

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Thu, Mar 16, 2017, at 6:47 PM
  • SCC

    Anyone named Porter

    Anyone named Timmons

    Anyone named Blissett

    Donnie Mclinton

    Gary?Owens

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Thu, Mar 16, 2017, at 7:22 PM
  • Jamie Sifford on dexter

    -- Posted by yaeger on Thu, Mar 16, 2017, at 7:31 PM
  • Brad Carson for campbell

    -- Posted by yaeger on Thu, Mar 16, 2017, at 7:32 PM
  • Sikeston

    Fred Thatch

    Micheal Porter

    Bryan Ellit

    Steven Geralds

    Allen Hatchett

    -- Posted by Fatboy1972 on Thu, Mar 16, 2017, at 10:52 PM
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    Fred Towns- Sikeston

    -- Posted by indian73 on Thu, Mar 16, 2017, at 11:26 PM
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    Come on birdfan give us the all time Jays starting 5. I'll give you some help....Ricky Frazier to start and you pick the other 4...

    -- Posted by indian73 on Thu, Mar 16, 2017, at 11:30 PM
  • Daniel Presley

    Casey Knight

    Andrew Halford

    Luke Bixler

    Chris Pavy

    Risco Tigers

    -- Posted by jpaawhite on Sat, Mar 18, 2017, at 3:58 PM
  • For Risco, Greg Collier

    -- Posted by hoopaholiczanon on Sun, Mar 19, 2017, at 12:01 AM
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    I think you could make an argument on the sikeston list JT Jones and Vashawn Ruffin. Kevin Jones may be up there by the end as well. In saying that I wasn't around to know much about the players in sikeston history other than it was nowhere near the program it is today.

    -- Posted by MoneyMan$$ on Sun, Mar 19, 2017, at 4:29 PM
  • Poplar Bluff:

    Bruce Holloway

    Tyler Hansbrough

    Ben Hansbrough

    Tony Webb

    Howard Garrett

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Sun, Mar 19, 2017, at 8:42 PM
  • One might add Stacy Nolen and/or Lex Drum to the discussion.

    -- Posted by marcus aurelius on Sun, Mar 19, 2017, at 9:04 PM
  • Nolen perhaps, but I wouldn't add Drum because he didn't play as many games as the others listed.

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Sun, Mar 19, 2017, at 10:38 PM
  • Glad to see everyone enjoying this post. Love to see old guys listed that I don't know as much about. Looking forward to the Jays team.

    -- Posted by hoopsjunkie on Sun, Mar 19, 2017, at 11:50 PM
  • Whenever someone from Charleston contributes a post, I hope they don't overlook "Larry Briggs" (1967). Would have started at SEMO as a freshman had they been able to do so back then.

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 9:35 AM
  • If you could build that best lineup from each school which one would you take to win? My top 3 would likely be SCC, PB and Charleston with SCC having the edge just because of so many to pick from. Playing time would be hard to come by on that team. But Ricky and some fellow Bluejays and Tyler, Ben and some other Mules would be hard to beat.

    They were before my time and it was certainly a different era of ball but Win Wilfong's Puxico teams would have to get some props I'd think.

    Fun stuff to think about.

    -- Posted by oldroundballer on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 10:34 AM
  • Anybody from hayti cville or pville got some starting 5s??

    What about Malden?

    I'm anxious to see if the pville folks take willie hassell or tory saxton or antonio sikes or roy booker who has been playing pro ball overseas for year that team is loaded

    -- Posted by SouthEspn on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 1:25 PM
  • Anyone from Delta.

    -- Posted by SEMO_Indian_88 on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 1:49 PM
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    So many to choose from at Charleston. Yesterday was Larry Briggs' birthday and I told him that I remind the younger generation in Charleston that the Ricky Frazier led '75 team was not the first Charleston team to go to state; it was the Larry Briggs led Jays in '67.

    Just some names to throw out there:

    Ricky Frazier-Mizzou

    Lamont Frazier-Mizzou

    Corey Frazier-SLU

    Carlos McCauley-SLU

    Jeramy Biles-SLU

    Michael Smith-SLU

    Jewel Crawford-SEMO

    Michael Morris-SEMO

    Larry Briggs-SEMO

    Henry Hall-TRCC

    Alvin Pierce-TRCC

    Cedric Rodgers-San Jacinto CC

    Many others played at the next level and/or turned down the chance to play at the next level

    -- Posted by birdfan on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 4:51 PM
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    Left off some youngsters:

    Greg Tucker-Jacksonville State

    Ashton Farmer-Arkansas State

    Kewain Gant-Arkansas State

    Dell Bogan-Jacksonville State

    Vinny Biles-MACC

    Trey Watkins-Fontbonne

    Aaron Cassell-MACC

    Shawn Sherrell-Moberly

    Jamarcus Williams- TRCC

    -- Posted by birdfan on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 4:57 PM
  • Understand the difficulty in limiting to 5 bluejays. Whenever they were guarding you it seemed like 8 were on the floor the floor anyway.

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 6:01 PM
  • Ernie D,

    And birdfan left off the best defender I ever played against from Charleston, Leonard Corbit(sp).

    -- Posted by BonScott on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 6:51 PM
  • Saw Larry Briggs in high school. He was an outstanding talent. On the Poplar Bluff list, need to have some consideration for Tom Hoover and Bob Cradic.

    -- Posted by tmm224 on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 7:05 PM
  • I can't give you the whole 5 from Coach Scott's Malden crew with Ray Pugh and Robert Ison but they were pretty dang good.

    -- Posted by 3Rfan on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 7:44 PM
  • 3R, Donnie Jenkins and

    Wade Burnett were two other players on the 85 Malden team. BonScott,your about to start a whole new thread talking about tough defenders. I'll mention Claude McFerron as one from

    Lilbourn

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 7:50 PM
  • For Portageville definitely William Durden. He went on to play at Austin peay..

    -- Posted by But on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 8:01 PM
  • Talking about Malden. During the span from 1984-1991, they produced some great centers and power forwards. Pugh, Ison, Jones, Shurn, and Maddox. Besides Pugh, Louis Shurn in my opinion was the next best one.

    -- Posted by BonScott on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 8:05 PM
  • Early 70's...can't remember all the names, but that is when I remember the start of the true Charleston basketball dynasty.

    Henry Hall....but I can't remember the others. They were class L in those days...when it was just L,M,and S.

    How about he great Richland team of 1972.

    The Sims' brothers....both played at 3R's...perhaps winning a National Championship there?

    -- Posted by BTIndians on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 8:28 PM
  • BTIndians,

    I don't believe the Sims boys were on that '79 team at TRCC, but I could be mistaken.

    -- Posted by BonScott on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 8:34 PM
  • Henry Hall played alongside Alvin Pearce and Albri Cassell. Dennis and John Sims finished at Richland in 72. I don't think John went to TR with Dennis.

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 8:45 PM
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    I bet it's safe to say Charleston had more players go on to play college than any other school around. Especially division 1. I don't think any other school is anywhere close to them.

    -- Posted by indian73 on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 9:32 PM
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    Henry Hall, Albri Cassell, Dan Smith, Eric Pierce, Alvin Pierce, Richard Lawrence, Woody Simmons.....I was a couple of years younger than these guys but got to play on the tournament teams with them. Cape Central was our Class L nemesis with the likes of Dick Buxton, Hunter Stigemeyer, Roland Daye, Mike Uhls

    -- Posted by birdfan on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 9:55 PM
  • Also 6'9" Stan Ray as a sophomore on that Cape Central team

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 10:04 PM
  • Since we are mired in the early 70's, birdfan were u on the bluejay football team that started a season with 7 straight shutouts?

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 10:11 PM
  • The Sims boys were not on the 79 Championship team. They were fun to watch though. I remember watching Dennis injure his back when he went up for a rebound and got his rearend caught on the shoulders of guy that stood 6'8" and rolled off and hit the floor flat on his back. That dude had some serious hops! I think he still holds the single game rebound record for 3R men with 27 in a game. A Lady Raider broke the school record with 28 or 29 in a game but I can't think of her name at the moment.

    -- Posted by 3Rfan on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 10:12 PM
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    ErnieD.........as a matter of fact, yes I was; I was the qb on that team

    -- Posted by birdfan on Tue, Mar 21, 2017, at 10:09 AM
  • SCC

    Otto Porter Sr

    Otto Porter Jr

    Dean Timmons

    Marcus Timmons

    James williams

    -- Posted by vanduser2000 on Tue, Mar 21, 2017, at 10:57 AM
  • Way back...... for Cape Central, Kermit Meystedt and Dan Milligan.

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Tue, Mar 21, 2017, at 1:20 PM
  • Puxico is the SEMO area team that I have watched the most over the last 30 plus years, so I will list who I think would be the all-time starting five for them..

    Win Wilfong

    Forrest Arnold

    Grady Smith

    Brian Blackburn

    John Smith

    Blackburn and John Smith were the only 2 that I actually got the chance to consistently watch as Wilfong, Arnold, and Grady were before I was old enough to watch sports.

    -- Posted by baseballfan2010 on Wed, Mar 22, 2017, at 12:11 PM
  • I once checked out an old 8mm film in Kent Library at SEMO of one of the Puxico state championship games (no sound). Typically, when seeing footage of "vintage" players from many years ago, it is obvious to conclude they might have trouble competing today. I was prepared to make that assessment of Win Wilfong prior to watching the film. Afterward, from that point forward, I always told people emphatically, "Win Wilfong" could have played in any era!

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Wed, Mar 22, 2017, at 1:37 PM
  • By the way, Vivan Reed was a terrific player at Puxico, and became an important playmaking guard for the SEMO team starred Carl Ritter (Advance) that finished 2nd in the nation.

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Wed, Mar 22, 2017, at 1:39 PM
  • Like Wilfong, Grady, and Arnold; Vivan Reed was a little before my time as well. Completely forgot about him but you are right, he definitely deserves to be in that conversation. Had I thought of him before making my starting five, would probably have put him on there instead of John Smith.

    -- Posted by baseballfan2010 on Wed, Mar 22, 2017, at 1:50 PM
  • I saw Vivan play a couple times with the local(mostly aging) "all stars" against the St Louis football Cardinals around 1973-74. They had a game each year to raise funds for the Poplar Bluff FCA. The guy was a dynamo!!

    -- Posted by marcus aurelius on Wed, Mar 22, 2017, at 2:00 PM
  • Comparing era's is somewhat difficult partially from the fact that the African-American population was not participating in Semo when Wilfong and for that matter Vivian Reed were playing.There were certainly good white players then as now , but how many good players did we never get to see? The Lilbourn teams my relatives played for prior to the mid-sixties hardly compare to the Lilbourn teams I played against ten years later.

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Wed, Mar 22, 2017, at 3:17 PM
  • In my opinion, you can compare era's because everything evolves. The great players in the '50s would also be great players in the 2000s. And they may have been even better because of the new technology....I always think about Babe Ruth when this discussion comes up. Look what he did in the 20s and 30s. Who knows what he could have done in today's game with all the fitness and nutrition. It's fun to think about.

    -- Posted by BonScott on Wed, Mar 22, 2017, at 3:58 PM
  • A lot to agree with there

    BonScott. The evolution in footwear alone has made some difference. I've often maintained your position about good athletes being good athletes in any time period. However, when the supply of athletes rapidly became larger in Semo then this region of the state started winning state championships. Local competition increased and all basketball players had to evolve faster than normal or find another sport.

    A good thing in my estimation.

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Wed, Mar 22, 2017, at 4:17 PM
  • All that being said, I think one of the challenges for high school sports in Semo is depopulation.

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Wed, Mar 22, 2017, at 4:27 PM
  • Another mention for Puxico would be Ken Andrews. He was on the 1973 Memphis State national runner-up.

    -- Posted by tmm224 on Thu, Mar 23, 2017, at 11:25 PM
  • The peak of SEMO area basketball was the 70's and 80's.

    You had full integration and it was before the mass migration out of the area.

    I don't remember them, but I have an older sibling who said perhaps the most talented team he ever saw was a mid 60's or even an early 60's Howardsville team.

    Don't know much about them...but evidently they were really good.

    -- Posted by BTIndians on Fri, Mar 24, 2017, at 12:46 AM
  • The Howardville Hawks finished 2nd in the 1968 class S state final, losing to Bradleyville in 3 overtimes. Leading players were 6'6" Littles , 6'6" Reuben Marsh, and 5'7" William Gray . Lennies McFerron had already graduated.I believe Howardville high school was in existence less than 10 years. Reuben Marsh finished playing as a Lilbourn Panther.

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Fri, Mar 24, 2017, at 5:28 AM
  • Whoops, I think it was 4 overtimes.

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Fri, Mar 24, 2017, at 5:53 AM
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    Didn't Howardville have a point guard by the name of Nathaniel something?? His last name escapes me.

    My cousin played for Bell City, that year, and they met Howardville in a post season game, maybe a regional championship or one step up. BC had a very good team but just couldn't compete with Howardville's size.

    -- Posted by birdfan on Fri, Mar 24, 2017, at 7:17 AM
  • Birdfan, maybe Nathaniel Fox, not sure

    -- Posted by Ernie D on Fri, Mar 24, 2017, at 8:45 AM
  • I think the guard's name on the 1968 team might have been "Nate Thomas." He was a dandy!

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Fri, Mar 24, 2017, at 9:41 AM
  • There's a photo of the Howardville team on Barry Beacham's Facebook team.

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Fri, Mar 24, 2017, at 9:45 AM
  • Oops, meant to say Barry Beacham's Facebook "Page."

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Fri, Mar 24, 2017, at 10:28 AM
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    Nate Thomas, that's him!

    -- Posted by birdfan on Fri, Mar 24, 2017, at 4:27 PM
  • Holcomb:

    Amos Parker

    Jamie Massey

    Mike Wilson

    Bobby Privett

    Randall Crain

    -- Posted by semo7178 on Sat, Mar 25, 2017, at 9:33 PM
  • I inquired about this to a guy who is easily the most knowledgeable Poplar Bluff basketball historian..... He was too modest to put himself on the list but he named the following:

    Tyler Hansbrough

    Bob Cradic

    Ben Hansbrough

    Lex Drum

    Bruce Holloway

    Stacey Nolen

    Willie Lucas

    Jay Raulston

    -- Posted by marcus aurelius on Thu, Mar 30, 2017, at 3:24 PM
  • Howard Garrett has to be on that list...and maybe one of the best athletes to come out of Poplar Bluff, Billy Piper.

    -- Posted by BonScott on Thu, Mar 30, 2017, at 3:27 PM
  • I felt the same way about Garrett and he was on my list...... This guy played with Howard, so I'm not sure why he slipped his mind. It was "off the top of his head"...

    He was an all-stater, I believe the year after Garrett. It's pretty easy to figure out who I'm talking about....

    -- Posted by marcus aurelius on Thu, Mar 30, 2017, at 3:37 PM
  • I know who you're talking about...:) My father graduated from Bluff in 1960. He was at the game when they played Crystal City and I believe Bluff almost beat them. He said Bill Bradley was the best high school player he ever saw in person.

    -- Posted by BonScott on Thu, Mar 30, 2017, at 3:45 PM
  • I would have to also put Tony Webb on that list.

    -- Posted by BIGELW on Fri, Mar 31, 2017, at 10:22 AM
  • I know very little about the history of Bluff. Having said that, for those of you who do know the history of Bluff. How good could have Jay Raulston been if he could have stayed with it? It just seemed like that guy had a load of ability.

    -- Posted by ozzyandharriet on Fri, Mar 31, 2017, at 10:29 AM
  • Ron Dunning deserves a mention for Poplar Bluff. All State in '65. Went to play at MAC and Henderson State. Great shooter.

    -- Posted by tmm224 on Fri, Mar 31, 2017, at 12:36 PM
  • Early on there was talk of possible Tyler-like production out of Jay. But that never came to be.

    -- Posted by oldroundballer on Mon, Apr 3, 2017, at 1:52 PM
  • Tyler and Jay played in totally different systems and that had a little to do with it. Jay had a lot of talent that really showed at the college level.

    -- Posted by BIGELW on Mon, Apr 3, 2017, at 2:35 PM

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