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Shaquille O’Neal: Shaq’s accomplishments are too many to list in full. They include: National Player of the Year (AP) in 1991; SEC Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992; SEC record for blocks in a season, which he set three years in a row; led the nation in rebounding in 1991; fourth all-time in scoring (1,941 points) at LSU; second all-time in rebounding (1,217) at LSU. He’s a Basketball Hall of Famer who won four NBA titles with the Lakers and the Heat.
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Bob Pettit: A three-time first-team All-SEC member, Petit led his Tigers to a second place finish in 1952, conference titles in 1953 and 1954 and the NCAA Final Four in 1953. He led the SEC in scoring all three years, with the highest averages seen to date in the conference: 25.5 points in 1952, 24.9 in 1953 and 31.4 points per game in 1954. At the same time he was averaging 13.1 (1952), 13.9 (1953) and an LSU best 17.3 (1954) rebounds per game. Basketball Hall of Famer.
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Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (Chris Jackson): In just his freshman and sophomore years, Jackson was a two-time consensus SEC Player of the Year lighting up scoreboards across America. He set an NCAA freshman scoring record, averaging 30.2 points per game. He finished his short career as the seventh leading scorer in school history with 1,854 points (29.0 ppg). His records for freshman include most points in a game (55), most points in a season (965) and season average (30.2).
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Rudy Macklin: Macklin led LSU to the 1981 Final Four and the 1981 SEC Title. He became the school’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,276 rebounds (a 10.4 rebounds per game average). That figure remains on top of the school chart. He also became the second leading scorer all-time at LSU behind Pete Maravich (2,080 points, 16.9 points per game average).
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Pete Maravich: Maravich is the All-Time NCAA Career Scoring Leader with 3,667 points, an average of 44.2 points for 83 games. He led LSU to the NIT semifinals in 1970, the program’s first postseason appearance in 16 years. He was a three-time First-Team All-American and the National Player of the Year in 1970. He holds NCAA records for field goals (1,387), free throws (893), and games of 50+ points (28). Basketball Hall of Famer.
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