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1,000 point scorers

Posted: 12/12/2012 5:47 PM

1,000 point scorers 


As of today IU puts 2 players who have scored 1,000 or more points on the floor Hulls and Watford. 2 more will join them this year as Cody and Vic reaches this total. Has any team started 4 players with a 1,000 points or more. Will has an outside shot for this year but more than likely next year.
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Posted: 12/12/2012 8:00 PM

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Interesting question. Michigan's Fab Five all ended up with over 1,000 points in their careers, but while Chris Webber and Jalen Rose reached 1,000 points as sophomores, Juwan Howard and Jimmy King did not reach that plateau until their junior year, and by then Webber was gone. Ray Jackson scored his thousandth point as a senior, but Rose and Howard were gone by then also.

The 2006-07 Florida Gators, however, started five 1,000 point scorers in the NCAA tournament: Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford, Lee Humphrey, and Joakim Noah all finished their 2nd championship season with over 1,000 points. Not a bad group.

There may have been others. I think of that Florida group a lot, because they had guys who could have gone to the league after they won their first NCAA championship, but chose to stay in college and play together for a second banner. A fine example to set for future dynasties.
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Posted: 12/14/2012 4:42 AM

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I think the 1976 team of Benson, May, Wilkerson, Buckner and Abernathy might have put five 1000 pt scorers on the floor by the end of the 1976 season. All but Benson was a senior if I remember correctly and he surely got 1000 by his junior year. Not sure about Buckner, more a floor general, but all you need is to average 10 pts a game for 100 games and he played about 120 games so I think he would have made it. My only doubt is that I can't recall what year freshmen were allowed to play.
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Posted: 12/14/2012 4:32 PM

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I thought about the '75-'76 Hoosiers. Freshmen were allowed to play varsity in the '72-'73 season, and Buckner, Benson, and May all had over 1,000 points by the end of the '75-'76 season. Abernethy and Wilkerson, however, scored 654 and 582 respectively in their careers at IU.
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Posted: 12/14/2012 8:46 PM

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Thanks for the update. I thought Wilkerson at least would have scored more than that but he was primarily a defender and all-around player--one of my favorite players to watch despite not much scoring.
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Posted: 12/14/2012 10:23 PM

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Wilkerson was a fabulous player with an extraordinary presence on the court.  He actually led the '75-'76 team in assists, despite having Quinn Buckner at the point.  I got to see him a few times when he played with the Chicago Bulls in the early 80's, and he was just an elegant, spidery defender.

Here's an interesting quote from an Esquire article on Bob Knight, who counted Wilkerson as one of his all-time favorite players:

"At the beginning of his junior year, I took him in the locker room and said, 'Bobby, you may never average ten points a game, but here's what I want -- I want you to be the best defensive player in America, and I want you to be the best rebounder we have. If you do what I'm telling you, you'll be a first-round draft choice.' " Against Minnesota his senior year, Wilkerson guarded a hot-shooting forward, then a five-ten guard, and ended up on the center when Kent Benson got into foul trouble. "Wilkerson," Knight concludes more than once, "was a bitch." He was also drafted in the first round in '76 by Seattle after averaging a paltry eight points.
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