BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball will honor its storied tradition of
producing All-Americans during Saturday night’s game against FIU with several who
have received the honor expected to be in attendance at E.A. Diddle Arena.
At least seven former Hilltopper All-Americans in Johnny Britt, Darel Carrier, Clem
Haskins, Craig McCormick, Brett McNeal, Bobby Rascoe and Mike Wells are expected to
participate in the ceremony during halftime of Saturday’s game, which is scheduled
to tip off at 6 p.m. CT.
Beginning with William “Red” McCrocklin, who was named a first-team Chuck Taylor
All-American 80 years ago in 1938, 31 Hilltopper basketball stars have earned
All-America honors on a total of 67 occasions by 16 different selection
Britt (1976 All-American), a local product out of Warren East High School, completed
his career on The Hill with 1,765 points, which still ranks seventh-best in program
Carrier (1964), another area player from Bristow High, is regarded as one of the
greatest long-range shooters in the history of the game and is a member of the
All-Time ABA Team.
Haskins was an All-American in 1965-67, a first-team consensus pick in 1967 and
WKU’s only three-time conference player of the year. He later went on to play nine
successful seasons in the NBA and coach the Hilltoppers from 1980-86, but he first
scored 1,680 career points for WKU, which ranks 11th all-time. Haskins still holds
the Hilltopper record for points scored in a game (55 at home against Middle
Tennessee in 1965). His career scoring average of 22.1 points per game ranks second
in program history.
McCormick (1982), one of the greatest big men in program history, ranks 19th in
program history with 1,354 career points.
McNeal (1989), the Minnesota High School Player of the Year as a prep senior, is the
fifth-leading scorer in WKU history with 1,856 career points.
Rascoe (1962) ended his career with 1,687 career points, placing him 10th on WKU’s
all-time list. He also ranks third in career scoring average at 20.8 points per
Wells (2004) was the first guard in Sun Belt Conference history to earn Defensive
Player of the Year honors in 2003, repeated in 2004, and also won SBC Player of the
Year in ’04. He’s 27th on WKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,245 career points.
Carrier, Haskins and Rascoe all have jersey banners retired in their honor in the
rafters of Diddle Arena.
The Hilltoppers have been paying homage to another All-American all season long in
WKU legend Jim McDaniels, who passed away in September. WKU has worn a “44” patch on
its jerseys all season in his honor.
McDaniels, who’s tied for the WKU all-time scoring record with 2,238 career points,
was an All-American from 1969-71, a two-time conference player of the year and was
named a first-team All-American by a program-record six organizations in 1971.
Saturday’s game is expected to be a sellout with less than 50 tickets remaining as
of Friday morning.
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