Feb. 25, 2006
WACO, Texas - Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson and Terry Teagle headline the 17-man Baylor All-Centennial Basketball Team announced during a halftime ceremony of the school's 91-73 win over Iowa State Saturday at the Ferrell Center.
The squad, selected by a combination of fan voting and an expert panel, represents the greatest Bears basketball players of all time. Baylor is celebrating its 100th season of men's basketball in 2005-06.
The team, which includes the late Bill Henderson as its honorary coach, also consists of Terry Black, Aaron Bruce, William Chatmon, Pete Creasey, Carroll Dawson, Larry Gatewood, Darrell Hardy, the late Don Heathington, the late Hubert Kirkpatrick, Jerry Mallet, Darryl Middleton, Jack Robinson, Brian Skinner, David Wesley and Micheal Williams. [full roster and bio information below]
"On behalf of the Baylor basketball family we are extremely proud and privileged to have these terrific basketball players, and more importantly good people, represent our program," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "They stand for a century's worth of athletic achievement at this University."
Saturday's All-Centennial Team announcement was the highlight of Centennial Weekend, in which 100-plus basketball lettermen returned to campus. All former players and coaches were recognized during a pregame ceremony Saturday at the Ferrell Center.
The weekend's activities also included a Friday night dinner as well as a Saturday brunch for the lettermen and coaches.
Baylor basketball officially began in 1906-07 with a seven-man squad that won its first two games and finished 5-6. The Bears' storied history includes Final Four appearances in 1948 and 1950, a national runner-up finish in 1948, five conference championships as well as the heroic tragedy of the 1927 Immortal Ten team.
The Bears conclude their home schedule March 1 when they host Texas Tech at the Ferrell Center at 7 p.m. CST. The game will be the celebration of Senior Night, the final home game for seniors Kevis Shipman and Tommy Swanson.
BAYLOR ALL-CENTENNIAL BASKETBALL TEAM (1906-2006)
Terry Black, F 2000-01 Milwaukee, Wis.
Aaron Bruce, G 2005-present Victoria, Australia
William Chatmon, F/C 1970-71 Houston, Texas
Earl "Pete" Creasey, F 1938-40 Waco, Texas
Carroll Dawson, F/C 1959-60 Alba, Texas
Larry Gatewood, F 1968-70 Oklahoma City, Okla.
Darrell Hardy, F 1965-67 Houston, Texas
Don Heathington, F/C 1947-50 DeLeon, Texas
Vinnie Johnson, G 1978-79 Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hubert Kirkpatrick, C 1937-38 Mart, Texas
Jerry Mallet, G/F 1955-57 Beaumont, Texas
Darryl Middleton, C 1985-88 Queens, N.Y.
Jack Robinson, G 1946-48 Fort Worth, Texas
Brian Skinner, C 1995-98 Temple, Texas
Terry Teagle, F 1979-82 Broaddus, Texas
David Wesley, G 1990-92 Longview, Texas
Micheal Williams, G 1985-88 Dallas, Texas
Honorary Coach: Bill Henderson
Black, Terry - forward, 2000-01, Milwaukee, Wis.
One of the most exciting players to ever don the Green and Gold, Terry Black became Baylor's first and only All-Big 12 first-team selection when he was so honored in 2001. Black played two seasons at Baylor after being named a junior college All-American. The Milwaukee, Wis., native was named the nation's "Best Dunker" by The Sporting News during his senior season. Black also played a key role in the Bears memorable 2001 upset of sixth-ranked Kansas on ESPN's nationally televised Big Monday game. In Baylor history, Black ranks: first in career steals average, second in career steals, second in career field goal percentage, 10th in assists average, and ninth in rebound average. Black is currently playing professional basketball in Europe.
Bruce, Aaron - guard, 2005-present, Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Current Baylor guard Aaron Bruce burst into college basketball as a freshman in 2004-2005 and led the nation's freshmen in scoring with 18.2 points per game. The Australian native was honored as a first-team Freshman All-American and was named a 2005 third-team All-Big 12 selection. Bruce is a veteran of international competition for his native country. In 2003 he was a member of Australia's FIBA Junior World Championship squad, and in the summer of 2005 Bruce served as the captain of the under-21 Australian national team.
Chatmon, William - forward/center, 1970-71, Houston, Texas
From 1970-71, William Chatmon was the foundation of a competitive Baylor squad. The center from Houston, Texas was named in 1970 and 1971 first-team All-SWC, and in 1971 became one of only six Baylor All-Americans. In only two years at Baylor, "Chat the Cat" ranks 12th in career points scored and first in career rebound average. In 1971, Chatmon was drafted by the NBA's Buffalo Braves.
Creasey, Earl "Pete" - forward, 1938-40, Waco, Texas
A native of Waco, Texas, Earl "Pete" Creasey started at forward for the Bears from 1938-40. In 1939 Creasy was honored as Baylor's second All-American and earned first-team All-SWC honors. Creasey was elected to the Baylor Hall of Fame in 1992.
Dawson, Carroll - forward/center, 1959-60, Alba, Texas
Carroll Dawson suited up for the Bears as a forward from 1959-60. In both of his years at Baylor, Dawson led the team in scoring and rebounding. And in 1960, he was named to the first-team All-SWC. After graduating, Dawson later returned to Baylor as a head coach from 1973-77 and led the Bears to 42 victories. Dawson then moved on to coach with the Houston Rockets, and currently serves as the club's general manager. Dawson was inducted into the Baylor Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Gatewood, Larry - forward, 1968-70, Oklahoma City, Okla.
From 1968-70, Larry Gatewood was a dominant forward for the Bears in the SWC. In 1969, Gatewood led the team in scoring with 19.5 points per game. In his career at Baylor, Gatewood amassed 22 20-point games and three 30-point games. Gatewood's 1,120 career points currently ranks 11th on the school's scoring list.
Hardy, Darrell - forward, 1965-67, Houston, Texas
A native of Houston, Texas, Darrell Hardy led the Bears at forward from 1965-67. As the Bears leading scorer, Hardy was selected to the first-team All-SWC three consecutive times from 1965-67, becoming one of only four three-time first-team All-SWC honorees at Baylor. In Baylor history, Hardy ranks sixth in career points scored, third in career rebounds and fourth in career rebound average. Upon graduating, Hardy was a third-round NBA draft pick by the Detroit Pistons in 1967.
Heathington, Don - forward/center, 1948-50, DeLeon, Texas
Don Heathington led the Bears to three consecutive SWC championships and two Final Fours. A three-time All-SWC first teamer, Heathington led Baylor to the 1948 NCAA championship game and a runner-up finish; the best finish in school history. In 1950 Heathington led the Bears back to the Final Four. Later that year, he was drafted in the ninth round of the NBA draft by the New York Knickerbockers. Heathington, who was Baylor's first 1,000-point scorer, currenlty ranks 18th in career points scored.
Johnson, Vinnie - guard, 1978-79, Brooklyn, N.Y.
The most prolific scorer in Baylor history, Vinnie Johnson averaged 24.1 points per game in two seasons in Waco. A two-time All-American and two-time NBA champion, Johnson ranks eighth in career points, sixth in career assists and second in career assists average at Baylor. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was named All-SWC in both 1978 and 1979. Johnson also holds the Baylor record for most points scored in a game with 50 against TCU in 1979. The No. 7 overall pick in the 1979 NBA draft, Johnson won two world championships as a Detroit Piston in 1989-90 and had his number 15 retired by the club. He was inducted into the Baylor Hall of Fame in 1991, and was subsequently inducted into the New York and Michigan Sports Halls of Fame.
Kirkpatrick, Hubert - center, 1937-38, Mart, Texas
From 1937-38, Hubert Kirkpatrick was a dominant center for the Bears in the SWC. Kirkpatrick was an All-SWC first-team selection and was also honored as Baylor's first All-American in 1938 when he was named first-team All-America by the Helms Foundation. Kirkpatrick was inducted into the Baylor Hall of Fame in 1993
Mallett, Jerry - forward/guard, 1955-57, Beaumont, Texas
As a forward for the Bears from 1955-57, Jerry Mallett composed a distinguished collegiate career. Mallett was named to the first-team All-SWC in 1955 and 1957. In Baylor history, he ranks 15th in career points scored, second in career rebounds and third in rebounding average. Mallett was drafted in the fourth round of the 1957 NBA draft by the Syracuse Nationals.
Middleton, Darryl - center, 1985-88, Queens, N.Y.
Darryl Middleton suited up at center for the Bears from 1985-88. A native of Queens, N.Y., Middleton was an honorable mention All-American in 1988 and a two-time first-team All-SWC selection. As a Bear, Middleton led his squad to the NIT in 1987 and the NCAA Tournament in 1988. In Baylor history, Middleton ranks fourth in career points, fifth in career rebounds and first in single-season points. Middleton was taken in the third round of the 1988 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
Robinson, Jack - guard, 1946-48, Fort Worth, Texas
As a Baylor guard from 1946-48, Jack Robinson led the Bears to two SWC championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. In 1948, Robinson led the team to a national runner-up finish, and later that year, won a gold medal as part of the U.S. Olympic team. Robinson was elected first-team All-SWC from 1946-48, becoming Baylor's first three-time first-team All-SWC selection in school history. After graduating, Robinson was inducted into the Baylor Hall of Fame in 1963 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1966. Robinson was also elected to the 75th anniversary All-SWC team, and was honored as an NCAA Silver Anniversary award winner in 1974.
Skinner, Brian - center, 1995-98, Temple, Texas
Brian Skinner, the most dominant shot-blocker and rebounder in Baylor history, was a three-time all-conference selection. The Temple, Texas, native carried Baylor through the transition from the SWC into the Big 12 as the Bears' center from 1995-98. In 1996, Skinner was named first-team All-SWC, and in 1997-98, he was named second-team All-Big 12. In Baylor history, Skinner ranks third in career points scored, first in career rebounds, and first in career blocks and blocks average. A member of the U.S. gold medal-winning World University Games team in 1997 and the gold medal-winning World Championships team in 1996. Skinner was the No. 22 overall NBA draft pick by the L.A. Clippers in 1998 and is currently in his eighth season in the league.
Teagle, Terry - forward, 1979-82, Broaddus, Texas
Baylor's all-time scoring leader with 2,189 points, Terry Teagle was a dominating force in the SWC for four years from 1979-82. A three-time All-American at Baylor, Teagle was named the 1980 SWC Player of the Year. Teagle ranks first all-time at Baylor in field goals made and ranks fourth in career rebounds. Teagle was the No. 16 overall pick by the Houston Rockets in the 1982 NBA Draft, and played 11 years in the league for the Rockets, Warriors and Lakers.
Wesley, David - guard, 1990-92, Longview, Texas
David Wesley suited up at guard for Baylor from 1990-92. In 1991 and 1992, Wesley was named first-team All-SWC, and in 1992 was honored as SWC Player of the Year. Wesley ranks eighth in Baylor career points, seventh in scoring average, second in free throw percentage, third in career assists and fourth in career steals. Wesley, currently playing for the Houston Rockets, is in his 13th NBA season and his 11,600-plus career points is the second-most in NBA history by an undrafted player (trails only Moses Malone's 27,409).
Williams, Micheal - guard, 1985-88, Dallas, Texas
Micheal Williams led a competitive Baylor squad from 1985-88. In 1987 and 1988, Williams was named first-team All-SWC, and received honorable mention All-American honors. On his way to leading Baylor to an NCAA Tournament appearance, Williams earned SWC Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors at the 1988 SWC Classic. On Baylor's all-time lists, Williams ranks second in points scored, first in career steals and second in career assists. Williams was drafted in the second round of the 1988 NBA draft and played 10 seasons in the league for the Pistons, Hornets, Pacers, Timberwolves and Raptors.
Henderson, Bill - head coach, 1941-43, `45-61, Ballinger, Texas
Bill Henderson, the all-time winningest coach in Baylor history, was at the helm of the Bears from 1941-43 and 1945-61, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943-45 during WWII. Upon returning, "Mr. Bill" led his Bear squad to Baylor's first three NCAA Tournament appearances, two Final Fours, and their school-best national runner-up finish in 1948. Henderson coached for a collective 19 seasons and amassed over 200 wins; the most in Baylor history. In 1960, Henderson served as the president of the National Basketball Coaches Association, and in 1968 was named Baylor athletic director. Henderson was inducted into the Baylor Hall of Fame in 1966 and is also a member of the United Savings-Helms Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
ALL-CENTENNIAL TEAM NOTES:
Total Votes: More than 1,000 fans cast votes for the All-Centennial team via Baylor's official website, mail-in ballots in the Waco Tribune-Herald and Dave Campbell's Insider Report and at drop boxes at the Ferrell Center and local H-E-B stores.
Top Vote-Getter: Vinnie Johnson was included on nearly 90 percent of fan ballots and was a unanimous selection by the expert panel.
Top Write-In Vote-Getters: Richard Scallorn, Tom Stanton and Pat Nunley were the fan's top write-in candidates outside of the 60 candidates on the ballot.
Home-Grown Talent: Twelve of the 17 All-Centennial Team members hail from the state of Texas.
All-Centennial by Position: The 17-man All-Centennial squad broken down by position - Five guards, one guard/forward, five forwards, three forward/centers and three centers.
Posthumous honors: Two deceased players were voted to the All-Centennial Team; the late Don Heathington was represented by former teammate Bill DeWitt and the late Hubert Kirkpatrick was represented by his daughter Rose Kirkpatrick Scott. Honorary coach Bill Henderson, also deceased, was represented by his grandsons Ronnie Henderson and Tom Echols.
NBA: Eight of the 16 All-Centennial Team members with expired eligibility were drafted by NBA teams and a ninth (David Wesley) has enjoyed a 13-year NBA career as an undrafted player. Wesley (Houston Rockets) and eight-year veteran Brian Skinner (Portland Trailblazers) are current NBA players.
All-Americans: Eight All-Centennial Team members were honored as All-Americans and four were multiple-year All-Americans (led by three-time All-American Terry Teagle).
Gold Medals: Two All-Centennial Team members won gold medals while playing for the U.S., Jack Robinson won gold at the 1948 Olympic Games and Brian Skinner won gold at the 1997 World University Games.
Rockets guard David Wesley, a Baylor player from 1990-92, was one of 17 Bears legends named to the All-Centennial Team.