Earl Monroe and Big House Gaines highlight NCAA Division II Men's Basketball 50th Anniversary All-Elite Eight Team

Earl Monroe and "Big House" Gaines highlight NCAA Division II Men's Basketball 50th Anniversary All-Elite Eight Team

March 7, 2006

The NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee has announced the Division II Men’s Basketball 50th Anniversary All-Elite Eight Team, which includes the names of 10 former student-athletes and two coaches who elevated the style of play in the sport and set the tone for coaching excellence.

Named to the NCAA Division II 50th Anniversary All-Elite Eight Team are:
(Name, School, Years in Elite Eight, Accomplishments)

John Ebeling, Florida Southern College (1980, 1981, 1982)
• Elite Eight All-Tournament Team (1980, 1981, 1982); Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player (1981); only three-time Elite Eight All-Tournament Team honoree; holds the NCAA Division II Championships game record for most free throws made (13); Finished third in the NCAA Division II National Championships (1980); NCAA Division II National Champions (1981); NCAA Division II National Runner-up (1982)

Walt Frazier, Southern Illinois University (1965)
• Elite Eight All-Tournament Team (1965); NCAA Division II National Runner-up (1965)

Antonio Garcia, Kentucky Wesleyan College (1998, 1999)
• Elite Eight All-Tournament Team (1998, 1999); Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player (1998, 1999); one of three players in Elite Eight history to be named Most Outstanding Player twice; NCAA Division II National Runner-up (1998); NCAA Division II National Champions (1999)

Phil Jackson, University of North Dakota (1965, 1966)
• Elite Eight All-Tournament Team (1966); holds the NCAA Division II tournament game record for most field goals made (22); finished third in the NCAA Division II Championships (1965); Finished fourth in the NCAA Division II Championships (1966)

Earl Monroe, Winston-Salem State University (1967)
• Elite Eight All-Tournament Team (1967); Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player (1967); holds the NCAA Division II Championship game-only records for most points (40) and field goals made (16); NCAA Division II National Champions (1967)

Jerry Sloan, University of Evansville (1963, 1964, 1965)
• Elite Eight All-Tournament Team (1964, 1965); Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player (1964, 1965); one of three players in Elite Eight history to be named Most Outstanding Player twice; holds the NCAA Championship game record for rebounds (25); NCAA Division II National Quarterfinals (1963); NCAA Division II National Champions (1964, 1965)

Ed Smallwood, University of Evansville (1958, 1959, 1960)
• Elite Eight All-Tournament Team (1958, 1960); Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player; one of three players in Elite Eight history to be named Most Outstanding Player twice; Finished third in the NCAA Division II Championship (1958); NCAA Division II National Champions (1959, 1960)

Kebu Stewart, California State University-Bakersfield (1996, 1997)
• Elite Eight All-Tournament Team (1996, 1997);Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player (1997); NCAA Division II national quarterfinals (1996); NCAA Division II National Champions (1997)

George Tinsley, Kentucky Wesleyan College (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969)
• Elite Eight All-Tournament Team (1968, 1969); Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player (1969); played in four straight Elite Eight tournaments including three NCAA Championship games; NCAA National Champions (1966, 1968, 1969); Finished third in the NCAA National Championships (1967)

Marvin Webster, Morgan State University (1974)
• Elite Eight All-Tournament Team (1974); Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player (1974); NCAA Division II National Champions (1974)

Arad McCutchan, University of Evansville, head coach, (1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1971)
• Five-time NCAA Division II Championships (1959, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1971); finished third in the NCAA Division II Championships (1958); NCAA Division II quarterfinalists (1963, 1968); holds the Division II records for most NCAA Championships won (5) and Elite Eight games won (17); Led Evansville to a perfect season in 1965 (29-0)

Clarence “Big House” Gaines, Winston-Salem State University, head coach (1967)
• NCAA Champions (1967); all-time winningest coach in NCAA DII history with 828 wins

Student-athletes who advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight berth in men’s basketball were eligible for nomination to the 50th Anniversary Team. They also were named to the respective NCAA Division II All-Elite Eight teams during their collegiate careers. The first NCAA Division II Elite Eight berth was in 1957 when Wheaton College (Ill.) defeated Kentucky Wesleyan College, 89-65.

A committee comprised of NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee members, NCAA staff and basketball administrators selected the 50th Anniversary Team. Several members of the 50th Anniversary Team have been invited to attend the NCAA Division II Elite Eight Men’s Basketball Championship, which will be held March 22, 23 and 25 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“The 50th anniversary team is a great credit to the current status of DII men’s basketball; however, these individuals also have played a significant role in the game of basketball on a global level,” said Mike Hall, athletics director at the University of South Carolina Upstate and chair of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee.

“We were very excited with the response on the voting for this special anniversary team. It has always been our goal as a basketball committee to make our DII basketball championship a memorable experience for our student-athletes. The announcement of this anniversary team, and playing our Elite Eight championships in Springfield Massachusetts, home of the Naismith Hall of Fame, will undoubtedly create an everlasting experience for all DII student-athletes, coaches and fans.