Thursday, March 12, 2009

All time starting five: N.C. State

The O List's all-time starting five for N.C. State basketball:

Chris Corchiani (1988-91): Point guard ended his senior season as the NCAA’s career assist leader with 1,038. He ranks third in ACC history with 328 career steals.

Julius Hodge (2002-05): The 2004 ACC player of the year, Hodge (above) led N.C. State to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. He finished his career ranked third in school history in scoring and first in minutes played.

Sammy Ranzino (1948-51): Averaged 20.8 points as a senior to become one of two consensus first-team All-Americans in school history. Helped N.C. State win four straight Southern Conference titles.

David Thompson (1973-75): Considered by many to be the greatest player in ACC history, Thompson (above) was The Associated Press’ national player of the year in 1974 and 1975. He led the Wolfpack to the 1974 NCAA title and averaged 26.8 points per game over his career.

Ronnie Shavlik (1954-56): A two-time second-team All-American, Shavlik is N.C. State’s career leader with 1,598 rebounds. He was the ACC player of the year in 1956, when he led the Wolfpack to the ACC title.

-- Ken Tysiac

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Think the O List is crazy for leaving someone out? Tell us who you'd add, and, just to make it interesting, who you would replace from our list. Put your thoughts in the comments section below.

16 comments:

Matt Privett said...

I'm no State fan and I don't know enough about Ranzino or Shavlik to say take them off the list, but I don't see putting Hodge over Rodney Monroe. That guy shots the lights out and made a difference in more games that mattered than Hodge ever did.

Anonymous said...

Wow - Hodge over Rodney Monroe? Now way the 5th leading scorer in ACC history, and a part of an ACC regular season champion, gets left off this while Hodge makes it.

Anonymous said...

Burleson. No question!

Anonymous said...

I am a State fan and I agree. Rodney Monroe still ranks as the all-time leading scorer in NC State basketball history and was the crucial other half of "Fire and Ice". He deserves a spot over Shavlik or Ranzino.

Anonymous said...

Burleson. No question!

Anonymous said...

Thats what happens when you let a Carolina fan compose a list on NC State greats. Rodney Monroe should have been included. Hello McFly......

JAT said...

I'd take Kenny Carr or Hawkeye Whitney over da Jules. And no Todd Fuller or Tommy Googs?

This is turning into my favorite effects-of-heavy-drug-use blog...

Anonymous said...

Right - Monroe played in more games that 'mattered' than Hodge. When was that exactly? Just because V was the coach and everyone loved him doesn't make those the glory years. One trip to the sweet sixteen after winning the ACC reg season (when anyone else does that it is considered a choke) in four years. He scored a lot of points, but he took A LOT of shots. One dimensional player - a gunner who played no D, didn't pass, didn't rebound. Helluva shooter though. Hodge was the only guy on his teams worth a damn, and took them to the dance all four years and also to the sweet sixteen once. Plus he didn't wear that pathetic unitard or have an overated midget point guard that played with him. Just goes to show that State fans are all about the sizzle, never mind the steak. Valvano, Amato, Monroe, Corchiani. Big talk and attitude, but nothing to show for it other than one big (lucky) year for V 25 years ago. Yawn.

Anonymous said...

Monroe is a definite on the list. I would also take Tom Gugliotta, Kenny Carr, and Hawkeye Whitney over Hodge.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Tommy Burleson is the second best NC State player of all time.

With Burleson and Thompson, NC State went 57-1 over two years. Without Burleson, Thompson couldn't lead the WolfPack to a first place finish in either the regular season or conference tournament.

Really, Ken, this is a joke.

The World Hates Carolina Fans said...

Burleson over Hodge by a mile...and please Pansy Blue Tar Heel fans, please take your wine and cheese and go chat on your own list. Everyone hates you guys and by the comments above you can tell State fans from the bandwagoneers...uhh, I mean Carolina fans.
Also, the guy who states that Valvano had nothing to show except for a "lucky" year...get the facts straight. Valvano won a national championship much quicker than "Dean" ever did. Heck, Dean never won a championship until Jordan arrived...lord knows he had TONS of chances.

Anonymous said...

Hey, how about Chris Washburn.

Anonymous said...

no glen sudhop or chuck nevitt. this is crazy.

Anonymous said...

NCSU Best 5 All- Time:

1. Chris Corchiani
2. Rodney Monroe
3. David Thompson
4. Tom Gugliota
5. Tommy Burrelson

No Doubt!

Anonymous said...

Where is Shackleford? Or Chris Washburn? Is he even alive still? That would be a miracle that someone that stupid could manage to live this long on this earth if he is!

Anonymous said...

I liked Thurl Bailey.....