HBCU All-Time Top 10 College Basketball Players

Originally Published: March 5, 2008
ESPN

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Editor's Note: "Black Magic," which features Pee Wee Kirkland, is a four-hour, two-part film scheduled to debut on ESPN at 9 p.m., ET, on Sunday, March 16, and Monday, March 17, 2008. The film tells the story of the injustice that characterized the civil rights movement in America as told through the lives of basketball players and coaches who attended historically black colleges and universities.

1. Earl Monroe, Winston-Salem State, 1963-67
• 2,935 career points (over 1,150 FGM)
• 25th leading scorer all-time in NCAA history
• Averaged 41.5 and shot 60.7 percent from the field during senior season
• Scored 1,329 points during senior season
• 2nd all-time in NCAA for points scored in single-season (1,329)
• First-team Sporting News All-American in 1966
• Holds NCAA Div. II single-season record for most points in 1967 (1,329)
• NAIA Hall of Famer
• Elected to Naismith Hall of Fame in 1990

2. Dick Barnett, Tennessee State A&I, 1955-59
• 3,209 career points
• 11th leading scorer all-time in NCAA history
• Won an unprecedented third straight NAIA National Basketball Championships (1957, 1958, 1959)
• Became the first historically black college to ever win an integrated national championship
• Three-time All-American
• Named the NAIA Tournament MVP two straight years
• 1957 All-American honor marked the first time an African-American was ever named to the National All-American team

3. Willis Reed, Grambling State, 1960-64
• 2,280 career points and 1,851 career rebounds
• Averaged 26.6 points and 21.3 rebounds during senior season
• Averaged 21.1 points and 17.1 rebounds during junior season
• Shot 59.7 percent from field during college career
• Won NAIA championship in 1961
• NAIA Hall of Famer
• Elected to Naismith Hall of Fame in 1982

4. Sam Jones, North Carolina Central, 1951-57
• College career interrupted for two seasons due to service in military
• 1,770 career points and 900 career rebounds
• Averaged 18.6 PPG and 10.7 RPG during senior season
• Three-time All-Conference (CIAA)
• NAIA Hall of Famer
• NCCU's only first-round draft pick
• Elected to Naismith Hall of Fame in 1984

5. Travis Grant, Kentucky State, 1969-72
• Started on Kentucky State's 1970, 1971, and 1972 NAIA national championship teams
• Holds the NCAA all-time record for points scored (4,045)
• Averaged 39.5 PPG during senior season
• Third all-time in NCAA for points scored in single-season (1,304)
• Fourth all-time in NCAA for career scoring average (33.4 PPG)
• Holds the NAIA all-time record for field goals in a career (1,760)
• Held the all-time total points record in NAIA history (4,045)
• Held the all-time NAIA records for points average (33.4) and field goals in a season (539)

6. Earl Lloyd, West Virginia State, 1947-50
• Led West Virginia State to two CIAA Conference and Tournament Championships (1948 and 1949)
• All-Conference three times (1948-50)
• In 1947-48, West Virginia State was only undefeated team in U.S.
• Averaged 14 PPG and eight RPG as a senior
• First black man to play in NBA (one day ahead of Charles Cooper of Celtics and four days before Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton of Knicks)

7. Zelmo Beaty, Prairie View, 1958-63
• 10th all-time in NCAA for career rebounds (1,916)
• Averaged 19.4 rebounds for his college career
• 2,285 career points
• Led schools to 1962 NAIA National Championship
• NAIA Hall of Famer

8. Bob Hopkins, Grambling State, 1953-66
• Second leading scorer in NCAA history (3,759 points)
• 29.8 career scoring average
• Limited official school records available

9. Cleo Hill, Winston-Salem, 1958-61
• Averaged 25.4 points during four seasons for WSTC
• Averaged 26.7 PPG during senior season
• Scored 2,488 career points
• Led WSTC to the CIAA title his senior year
• CIAA Hall of Famer

10. (Tie) Marques Haynes, Langston, 1942-46
• All-Conference
• Team MVP
• Led Langston in scoring all four years
• Led Langston to a 112-3 record, including a 59-game winning streak
• NAIA Hall of Famer

10. (Tie) Purvis Short, Jackson State, 1974-78
• Averaged 29.5 PPG and 11.4 RPG as a senior
• Three-time All-American
• JSU's all-time leading scorer (2,234)
• Averaged 15.1 PPG as a freshman
• Averaged 25.5 PPG as a sophomore
• Averaged 24.8 PPG as a junior
• School records for highest single-season scoring average (29.5)
• SWAC Hall of Famer