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'Post ranks top 10 MTSU men's hoopsters'

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MTSU is in the meat of its conference schedule during the months of January of February. With that in mind, The Murfreesboro Post decided to rank the top 10 players in school history. And since we try harder, we ranked the top 11. Let the debate begin.

Former MTSU standout Jerry Beck is No. 1 on The Post’s Top 10 list. He played at MTSU from 1979-82 and scored 1,401 points. He scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in MTSU’s 50-44 win over Kentucky in the 1982 NCAA tournament.  Photo provided

1. Jerry Beck, 1978-82 Beck won the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year award in 1981 and 1982 and was named first-team all-conference during those seasons. He was named to the All-OVC Tournament team in 1981 and 1982 with the Blue Raiders winning the tournament title in 1982 and defeating Kentucky 50-44 in the NCAA tournament. Beck scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win over Kentucky. He’s No. 11 on the school career scoring list with 1,401 points and fifth on the career rebounding list with 782 boards. He averaged 16.7 points per game at MTSU. He hit more free throws than any other Blue Raider in history when in 1981-82 he hit 165 from the charity stripe.

TIM SISNEROS

2. Tim Sisneros, 1973-76 Sisneros won the 1976 OVC Player of the Year award and was first-team all-conference that season. He’s tied for seventh on the career scoring list with Chris Rainey with 1,426 points and is fourth on the career rebounding list with 846 boards. He was on the All-OVC tournament in 1976. He’s second on the list for most points in a season with 618 in 1975-76.

3. Randy Henry, 1986-89 He’s the fifth leading scorer in school history with 1,484 points, and in 1988-89 he netted 604 points, which is fourth most in a season. He’s the school leader in career field goals made with 641. His biggest performance came in the 1989 NCAA tournament when he scored 26 points in the first round against Florida State, enabling the Blue Raiders to rally from a 17-point deficit for a 97-83 win.

4. Kerry Hammonds, 1984-87, 88-89 He’s the school’s second-leading all-time scorer with 1,616 points. He’s second in school history for field goals made with 631 and is third in field goals attempted with 1,384.

5. Robert Taylor, 1990-93 He’s the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,622 points in 100 career games. He averaged 16.2 points per game and is third for scoring average in a season with 22.2 points per game in 1992-93.

6. Warren Kidd, 1990-93 He’s the school’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,048 boards, which makes him the only player in school history with 1,000-plus rebounds. In 1993 he was the nation’s leading rebounder with 386 boards. He holds the school record for field goal percentage in a season at .700 in 1990-91 and is second at .664 in 1991-92. He was a two-time first-team all-conference selection. In 1992 he was second-team all-OVC.

7. Tommy Gunn, 2001-04 Gunn, who played for Randy Wiel and Kermit Davis, is the school’s third all-time leading scorer with 1,528 points. He’s the only men’s basketball player to be named first-team all-Sun Belt twice, as he accomplished the feat in 2003-04. He was honorable mention all-Sun Belt in 2002. In 2003-04 he was SBC All-Tournament.

8. Greg Joyner, 1977-79 He was a three-time all-OVC first-team selection from 1977-79 and is ninth on the all-time scoring list with 1,424 points. He’s fifth on the all-time list for scoring average in a season with 17.6 points per game in 1976-77.

9. Willie Brown, 1967-69 In only 75 games he scored 1,524 points, which places him fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list. He’s the school leader in scoring average for a career with 20.3 points per game and scoring average in a season with 23.3 points per game in 1968-69. He’s also the school leader in field goals made in a game with 17 on Feb. 6, 1968 and has the top five spots for field goals attempted in a game. He has the No. 1 spot for field goals attempted in a season with 603 in 1968-69.

10. George Sorrell, 1974-75 The only men’s basketball player to have his jersey retired, he was the OVC Player of the Year in 1975. He’s third for most rebounds in a season with 373 in 1974-75 and sixth for rebounding average with 13.3 boards per game in the 1974-75 season.

11. Sleepy Taylor, 1974-78 Taylor is No. 10 on the all-time scoring list with 1,421 career points. He was MTSU’s leading scorer in 1978 with 18.0 points per game and 469 total points. He’s sixth on the career list for field goals made with 533 and sixth for field goals attempted with 1,146.

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