Bailey E. Howell

A unanimous First Team All-America at Mississippi State and a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics, Bailey Howell was a versatile power forward. At 6-foot-7, the athletic Howell broke records for three years running at Mississippi State. Howell was named the school's Most Valuable Athlete in 1959 after guiding the Bulldogs to their first-ever Southeastern Conference title that year. A three-time All-SEC selection, Howell averaged 27.1 points per game in college, leading Mississippi State to a 61-14 record in his three years of varsity basketball. Howell, who led the NCAA in field goal percentage (.568) in 1957, brought his scoring mentality to the next level and upon his retirement in 1971, ranked eighth all-time in points scored (17,770). He also ranked fourth in games played (950), testament to his durability. In his first six seasons in the NBA, Howell averaged a double-double in points and rebounds.