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August 21, 2013
To celebrate GamecockCentral.com's 15th anniversary, we're putting together some fun lists of "Top 15" things -- players, coaches, events, etc -- that Gamecock Central was there to either help cover, celebrate or just plain commiserate.
Today's installment is the top 15 Gamecock basketball players since the beginning of the 1998-99 season:
1) B.J. McKie (1995-1999): The school's all-time leading scorer with 2,119 career points, McKie is the most accomplished of any player in the SEC era as only one of a handful of players to be able to lay claim to an SEC title (1997) and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. While other guards (on his own teams, even) were faster (Melvin Watson) or better pure shooters (Larry Davis), McKie was the steadying presence, the leader, the workhorse for four seasons in which he averaged 17.2 points per game and also finished as the school's leader in free throws made. He was an All-American in 1998 and three-time All-SEC player. He is tied for the school record for most games started (116) with Watson.. More than anything else, though, the Irmo High School product was a winner, which is why his No. 3 is one of only five retired jerseys in school history.
2) Devan Downey (2007-2010): In just three explosive seasons, the 5-foot-9 guard from Chester left the Gamecocks as the school's fourth all-time leading scorer, just nine points behind John Roche and 71 points behind No. 2 scorer Alex English. While Downey labored under teams that struggled to support his obvious greatness, his performances alone were worth the price of admission and then some, highlighted by his unforgettable 30-point night in the defeat of No. 1 Kentucky in 2010. Downey is the school's all-time steals leader (277), is third in school history in career scoring average (20.2) and was a two-time All-American (2009-2010), three-time All-SEC player (2008-2010) and two-time All-SEC defensive team member (2009-2010). No one who ever saw Downey play will forget it, and no one ever accused him of taking a night off in his career.
3) Tre' Kelley (2003-2007): The school's 10th all-time leading scorer, Kelley was a sensational guard from Washington, D.C., who played on both the school's lone NCAA Tournament team of the past 15 years and the back-to-back NIT championship teams. He blossomed his junior and senior seasons, averaging 12.7 points over those two years to guide teams that accomplished more than any others since 1998 and, like Downey, could explode when he needed to - in fact, he shares the school's record for most points in a league game with Downey at 36 against Kentucky in 2007. He also has the school record for most games started in a season, with 38 in 2006, and was third in school history in assists (510).
4) Carlos Powell (2002-2005): A two-time All-SEC player (2004-2005) whose will to win and fierce competitiveness was unmatched. He led the school to the NCAAs in 2004 and the first NIT championship win in 2005. His point total of 1,541 ranks seventh in school history, capped by his senior year in which he averaged 16.4 points per game. The 6-7 forward from Florence always played like a grown man and feared no one, which is why he's still revered by Gamecock fans and ranks as the best forward of the past 15 years on our list.
5) Chuck Eidson (1999-2003): While Eidson may seem a curious selection this high as the teams he played on accomplished very little, Eidson left his mark on the school's record book as a scorer and tenacious defender. Eidson is a member of the school's 1,000-point club (1,067), started 108 games in his career (No. 8 in school history), is No. 7 in school history in assists (438). Most impressive, however, is his No. 2 rank in school history in career steals with 272, just five behind Downey. He's also just behind Downey in steal average for a career, with 2.42 steals per game.
6) Ryan Stack (1995-1998): Stack, the tallest player on the list at 6-11, was a key member of the school's first and only SEC title in 1997 and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1007 and 1998. A big who loved to step out and shoot the three, Stack finished his career seventh in school
history in blocked shots (124) and 10th in career 3-point percentage (.362 on 59-of-163 shooting). He averaged 9.6 points his senior year and was a career 70 percent free throw shooter.
7) Aaron Lucas (1999-2002): Lucas took the mantle of point guard from McKie and manned it more than admirably before handing it off to Devan Downey. The Richland Northeast product is tied for fifth in school history in games played (with BJ McKie and Tarence Kinsey) at 123 and eighth in career minutes played (3,528), but his biggest impact was his ability to dish out assists, where he finished his career fourth in school history with 451, just behind Tre' Kelley's 510. Lucas also was on the NIT All-Tournament team in 2002.
8) Jamel Bradley (1998-2002): "The West Virginia Long Rifle," as former South Carolina basketball announcer Charlie McAlexander loved to call him, Bradley ranks as the school's all-time leader in 3-pointers made (264) and attempted (686) and is fifth in school history in 3-point shooting percentage at .385. Bradley is a member of the 1,000-point club (1,108) and was a third-team All-SEC selection in 2002. He is the school record holder for most 3-pointers made in a season, with 117 in 2002 (which is 38 more than the No. 2 record-holder, Mike Boynton Jr., with 79 in 2004)
9) Renaldo Balkman (2004-2006): When he wanted to, Renaldo Balkman could play as well as anyone in school history, which is likely why the New York Knicks took the 6-8 forward from Staten Island with the 20th overall pick. Balkman shined in his career with two wins over eventual national champion Florida in the 2005-06 season and was the 2006 NIT MVP. He made the SEC All-Freshman team in 2004 and ranks No. 9 in school history in blocked shots with 112. Few players in school history could so dominate a game as Balkman (in one game against Alabama in 2006 he scored 28 points with 16 rebounds and four steals) and then disappear the next, which accounts for his low overall career scoring average (7.4 points). When he did shoot, however, he usually made it, as his 2006 season is second in school history for field-goal percentage (.608).
10) Tarence Kinsey (2003-2006): Another underrated Gamecock in most fans eyes, Kinsey was a huge part of the 2005-2006 NIT champions and is a 1,000-point career scorer (1,204). Kinsey was a 2006 All-SEC selection and is tied for fifth all-time in school history in games played (123) with BJ McKie and Aaron Lucas. He's eighth in school history in steals with 142 for his career and is No. 10 in 3-pointers attempted (362). His 602 points scored in 2006 is good for No. 9 in single-season school history, and he's second all-time in both games started in a season (37) and minutes played in a season (1323).
11) Brandon Wallace (2004-2007): Wallace gets the nod here not just for his blocked shots - he's No. 2 in school history in career blocked shots with 249 - but for his prolific rebounding; he's No. 6 in school history in rebounds with 775. Wallace also was a workhorse, finishing at No. 10 in school history in minutes played with 3,487. Wallace did it all inside for the teams that went to the NCAA Tournament and finished as back-to-back NIT Champions. Wallace was the only player to make the NIT All-Tournament team both of those years.
12) Sam Muldrow (2008-2011): Muldrow is the school's only player to earn the SEC's defensive Player of the Year, which he did in 2011, and is the school's all-time leading shot blocker with 275. His 103 blocked shots is third-most in school history behind Danny Traylor (122 in 1971-72 and 113 in 1972-73), and he also was a member of the SEC All-Defensive Team in 2011. That he accomplished all this at just 6-9 is even more remarkable.
13) Mike Boytnton Jr. (2001-2004): One of the more underrated players in recent history, Boynton Jr., a Brooklyn native, was a superlative guard, a member of the SEC All-Tournament team in 2004 (the lone NCAA team of the past 15 years) and is second in school history in 3-pointers made in a season, with 79 in 2004. He's also tied for ninth in school history in 3-pointers made in a career with 129, is fourth in total games played with 125 and eighth in single-season minutes played (1,139 in 2004).
14) Dominique Archie (2007-2010): Archie, a 6-7 forward from Augusta, Ga., made the All-SEC Freshman team in 2007 and established a solid career at USC, earning All-SEC Honors in 2009 and making the SEC's All-Defensive Team that same year. Archie also is a member of the school's 1,000-point club (1,013) and had his best year as a senior in which he averaged 14.4 points per game. Perhaps even more impressively, Archie averaged double figures in scoring in each of his final three seasons (10.6 in 2007-08 and 10.9 in 2008-09). Archie is the school's No. 7 all-time leader in field goal percentage at .513 (384 of 748) and is tenth in school history in blocked shots with 90 for his career.
15) Rolando Howell (2001-2004) : Few players had more excitement coming into their USC careers as Ro Howell. He was a McDonald's All-American in 2000 and rated as the No. 19 player in the country as a 6-9 power forward out of Lower Richland High School. His career never fulfilled that lofty potential, however, which is not to say it was unsuccessful. A career 9.5 ppg. player, Howell's highlight came when he made the 2002 NIT All-Tournament team along with Aaron Lucas, and he played a key role, averaging 9.0 points, on the 2004 NCAA Tournament team in 2004, his senior year.
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