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  • Xavier McDaniel (1981-85) Shocker Sports Hall of Famer

    Who should be on the Mount Rushmore of best basketball players from state of SC? - The State
    BY AUGUSTA STONE
    AUGUST 27, 2021 12:07 PM
    https://www.thestate.com/sports/nba/...253531029.html

    "Picture Mount Rushmore, with the heads of four influential United States presidents sculpted into South Dakota granite. Imagine if a similar sculpture existed for basketball players from South Carolina. Who would be carved into a Mount Rushmore of the all-time best basketball players with South Carolina roots? Does Gamecock great and recent Olympic gold medalist A’ja Wilson have a spot? How about eight-time NBA All Star and Basketball Hall of Famer Alex English? The State is getting into the “GOAT” debate, and we only have enough room for four on our Mount Rushmore of basketball players who were raised in South Carolina.

    Xavier McDaniel (Columbia): Nicknamed “X-Man” and known for his shaved head and eyebrows, McDaniel attended Columbia’s A.C. Flora High School before making college hoops history at Wichita State University. McDaniel became the first NCAA player to lead the nation in scoring and rebounding during his senior year at Wichita State and was later selected fourth overall by the Seattle Supersonics in 1985. He made the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1986 and was named an NBA All-Star in 1988. McDaniel’s No. 34 jersey was retired by Wichita State, and he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

    Other Nominees:
    A’ja Wilson (Hopkins)
    Alex English (Columbia)
    Ja Morant (Dalzel)
    Jermaine O’Neal (Columbia)
    Khris Middleton (Charleston)
    Larry Nance (Anderson)
    PJ Dozier (Columbia)
    Ray Allen (Dalzell)
    Raymond Felton (Marion)
    Stanley Roberts (Hopkins)
    Zion Williamson (Spartanburg)
    Kevin Garnett (Greenville)

  • #2
    As someone who wasn't lucky enough to be alive to watch the 80s era of Shocker basketball, I used to be a firm believer that Fred was the greatest Shocker to ever do it. But the more I read about X-Man, I'm not sure if we'll ever have a player of that caliber here again, let alone stay for 4 years in the current climate of college basketball.
    Brummett throws, STRUCK HIM OUT! THE SHOCKERS ARE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! AN UNBELIEVABLE STORY!

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    • #3
      The first time I saw X post up and take a midrange shot as a Freshman I knew he was going to be special.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Onegreatracer View Post
        As someone who wasn't lucky enough to be alive to watch the 80s era of Shocker basketball, I used to be a firm believer that Fred was the greatest Shocker to ever do it. But the more I read about X-Man, I'm not sure if we'll ever have a player of that caliber here again, let alone stay for 4 years in the current climate of college basketball.
        When he got on campus, he asked Antoine Carr and Cliff Levingston which one of them was going to take a seat on the bench. He had the chops to back up that swag. X was the first person to lead college basketball in both points per game and rebounds per game. It's been done once since then.

        FVV's professional career indicates he was better than we thought when he was here - and we thought pretty highly of him. X's college game was off the charts compared to FVV's college game. X did things no one in the history of college basketball had done to that point in time.

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