SLAM’s Top 20 Men’s HBCU Players of All Time: PART 2


While you have a look at among the best to ever play the sport, there are many them who starred at Traditionally Black Faculties and Universities. HBCU basketball has offered a platform for some legendary standouts to show their abilities at colleges resembling Winston-Salem State, Grambling State, Virginia Union, Tennessee State, North Carolina A&T and others.

These colleges haven’t acquired a whole lot of nationwide consideration for his or her contributions to the sport. However, HBCUs have produced some terrific expertise, who’ve gone on to get pleasure from careers within the NBA, resembling Leonard “Truck” Robinson (Tennessee State, New Orleans Jazz), Donald “Slick” Watts (Xavier La., Seattle SuperSonics), Caldwell Jones (Albany State, Philadelphia 76ers), Purvis Brief (Jackson State, Golden State Warriors), Larry Smith (Alcorn State, Golden State Warriors), and Kyle O’Quinn (Norfolk State, Philadelphia 76ers), amongst many different.

Proper now, Robert Covington from Tennessee State, who performs for the Portland Path Blazers, is the one energetic NBA participant from an HBCU.

This quantity may change with some future potential prospects taking part in at Black establishments, like Joe Bryant (Norfolk State), Tyree Corbett (Coppin State), Kyle Foster (Howard), M.J. Randolph (Florida A&M), and Jalen Johnson (Alabama A&M), to call a couple of. At present’s HBCU stars are well-coached, with the likes of LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central College), Robert Jones (Norfolk State), Johnny Jones (Texas Southern), and Byron Smith (Prairie View A&M) among the many many impactful mentors.

As well as, the NBA and the NBPA will host a Mid-Jap Athletic Convention sport between Howard College and Morgan State on Saturday, Feb. 19 throughout NBA All-Star Weekend on the Wolstein Middle in Cleveland, Ohio.

Each Thursday all through Black Historical past Month, SLAM will highlight 5 HBCU legends who weren’t solely dominant gamers throughout their time, but additionally path blazers of the sport.

Try our checklist from final week, which incorporates Earl Monroe, Charles Oakley, Rick Mahorn, Willis Reed and Avery Johnson. 


They referred to as him “Mr. Clutch’” for a motive. Sam Jones was identified for pulling down pictures when the sport was on the road, and through his collegiate profession he scored 1,745 factors whereas taking part in for Corridor of Fame coach John McLendon at North Carolina School (now North Carolina Central College). The three-time All-CIAA honoree was the primary Black athlete to be inducted into the North Carolina Sports activities Corridor of Fame in ‘69. 

Though initially drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers within the 1956 NBA Draft, Jones determined to return to varsity to earn his diploma after serving within the navy. Then, a yr later, he was chosen within the first spherical by the Boston Celtics within the 1957 Draft. All through his 12-year profession within the League, Jones averaged 18.9 factors and 4.7 rebounds throughout 154 video games in the course of the playoffs and hit one of the clutch buzzer-beating pictures over the Philadelphia Warriors throughout Sport 7 of the 1962 Jap Convention Finals to ship the C’s to the Finals. There, they defeated the Lakers in one other seven video games, giving the five-time All-Star his third ‘chip—he’d go on to win 10 titles. Relaxation in peace, legend.


Wallace transferred to Virginia Union from Cuyahoga Group School and was a dominant massive man for the Panthers throughout his two seasons. He led Virginia Union to a 28-3 document and a visit to the NCAA Division II Remaining 4 in 1996. The All-American averaged 13.4 factors and 10 rebounds.

Though Wallace went undrafted, he had a 17-year profession within the L, largely suiting up for the Pistons. There, Large Ben held his personal on the defensive finish: he was a four-time NBA Defensive Participant of the 12 months, two-time rebounding chief and led the League in blocks in ‘02. Two years later, Wallace gained his first and solely title with the Pistons. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame in 2021.


Barnett was a superb shooter with one of the distinctive jumpshots—he’d kick his legs up and let the pictures fly from lengthy vary. His feathery contact helped the Tigers win three consecutive NAIA titles (1957-59).

Barnett was chosen within the first spherical of the 1959 NBA Draft by the Syracuse Nationals. He performed 14 NBA seasons, spending 9 of these years with the New York Knicks. There, he was a part of the Knicks’ 1970 and 1973 NBA championship groups.


Dandridge is likely one of the best gamers to ever swimsuit up within the CIAA. In 1968, he averaged 26.1 factors per sport and led Norfolk State to the CIAA championship as a junior. The dominance continued his senior yr, the place he averaged 32.3 factors whereas guiding the Spartans to a 21-4 document and one other journey to the NCAA match.

Dandridge was then chosen within the fourth spherical of the 1969 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He performed 13 seasons and gained two ‘chips with the Bucks and the Washington Bullets. In 2021, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame. 


Webster was often known as “The Human Eraser” for his elite shot blocking capability, however his sport was really all-around. He averaged eight blocks and helped lead Morgan State to the NCAA Division II championship in 1974, the place he posted 21.4 factors and 22.4 rebounds an evening and was in the end named Division II Participant of the 12 months.  He completed his collegiate profession with 1,900 factors, 2,267 rebounds, 839 blocks and was a three-time MEAC Participant of the 12 months. Completely different.

Webster then performed two seasons for the ABA’s Denver Nuggets and eight NBA seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks.


Photograph credit score Getty Photographs, Tennessee Sports activities Corridor of Fame, Norfolk State and Morgan State.



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