Stephen Kite, a 2003 inductee into the Tennessee Tech Athletics Hall of Fame, is one of the most overall decorated athletes in Tech history. His name can be found all over the Tech record books as he ranks second in career steals (213), third in scoring (1,806), fifth in rebounds (844), and eighth in field goal percentage (.564). Playing in 113 games in his four-year career, The three-time team MVP set the freshman record for steals with 48 and the sophomore scoring record with over 500 points and an average of 18 ppg. In 1983, he garnerd Ohio Valley Conference Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman. He was also named Basketball News Freshman All-America Honorable Mention. An all-OVC selection in 1983, ‘84, and ‘85, Kite helped lead the Golden Eagles to the 1984-85 OVC Championship title, earning OVC Player of the Year honors and an honorable mention AP All-America nod.
Earl Wise is best remembered for his impact on the Tennessee Tech record books and flashy play that entertained Golden Eagle fans for years. He sits atop the Tech all-time scoring list with 2,196 points scored over his four-year career. His 19.4 points per game ranks second in Tech history. He also racked up nearly 850 rebounds, good for fourth on the career list. As a freshman, Wise set a class record for scoring with 503 points. His first-year effort earned him OVC Newcomer of the Year and OVC Freshman of the Year honors. That same season, Wise was honored as an AP All-America Honorable Mention and a Basketball News Freshman All-America Honorable Mention. Over his four seasons as a Golden Eagle, he was named all-OVC three times, in 1988, ‘89, and ‘90. The two-time team MVP was one of just 37 former Tennessee Tech men’s basketball players to play professional ball either in the United States or overseas. I. PHILOSOPHY The retirement of an athlete’s jersey is one of the highest athletic honors that the University can bestow on a student-athlete. Although the honor is based primarily on athletic ability, it also recognizes that the student-athlete is a member of an academic community and has the accompanying responsibilities incumbent with that membership. Consequently, such an honor shall reflect the participatory as well as the non-participatory activities of the student-athlete. That is, the recipient shall be a model for future student-athletes both on and off the field/floor. II. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS The following list of criteria is not meant to be all inclusive, although items A and B shall be considered as basic requirements for all candidates. Additional criteria could be considered if they seem substantive and appropriate. It is not expected that a nominee will have met every one of the criteria listed. It is expected, however, that any limitations in one area shall be counter-balanced by superiority in other areas. The criteria to be considered are as follows: A. Be the recipient of a baccalaureate degree. B. Possess a positive public image.
Kenny Sidwell enjoyed one of the most successful playing careers in Tech history. The 1977 Tennessee Tech Athletics Hall of Fame inductee highlighted his career with two Ohio Valley Conference Championships, one in 1956 and another in 1958. He owns several records in the Tech record book inlcuding points per game as a freshman with 21.3, most free throws made in a game with 24 and most minutes played in a game with 59. Sidwell ranks ninth all-time in the Tech books in scoring with nearly 1,500 points in his four-year career. The three-time team captain earned all-OVC honors in 1955, ‘57, and ‘58 on top of garnering OVC all-tournament honors in 1955. In 1964, Sidwell made a return to Tennessee Tech basketball, becoming the program’s fifth head coach. He led the Golden Eagles from 1964-69, earning a 66-57 overall record over his five seasons at the helm.
Jimmy Hagan made a habit of being the best and his performance at Tennessee Tech certainly proved it. Hagan is the highest draft pick ever produced by Tech, going to the Minneapolis Lakers with the 18th overall pick in the 1960 NBA draft. He holds numerous records as a Golden Eagle, despite only playing three seasons. Hagan is the program’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,108 in just three years. And while he only ranks eighth in points scored with 1,539, his 21.1 points per game is the highest in school history. He is the only Golden Eagle ever to average a double-double for their career. He holds school records for rebounds in both a game (30) and season (454). The twotime all-OVC selection also holds the record for highest scoring average in a season with 28.8 ppg in 1958-59 when he ranked third in the nation. A 1979 TTU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Hagan was a member of the 1957-58 Ohio Valley Conference Championship team. He also owns class records for rebounds as a sophomore, junior, and senior.
C. Be named to a nationally recognized All-America Team. D. Hold some type of All-Conference Honors for at least two years. E. Be named All-Conference “Player of the Year.” F. Be a statistical leader in a recognized category as maintained by the Conference in that sport. G. Be a statistical leader in a recognized category as maintained by the University in that sport.
III. PROCEDURE A. The Coach, based on these guidelines, shall submit in writing with supporting documentation a nomination to the Athletics Director. B. The Athletics Director shall refer the nomination with a written recommendation to the Athletics Committee, which shall have final approval of all such honors. C. The honor shall be the retirement of the student-athlete’s jersey, not his/ her number. A coach may choose not to reissue a given number, but the retirement of the student-athlete’s jersey would not in and of itself require that the number never be worn again. D. It is anticipated that at the retirement of the student-athlete’s jersey, an award ceremony shall be held and the jersey shall be appropriately displayed with some sign of identification.
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The 2016-17 Tennessee Tech Men's Basketball media guide.