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LSU’s Best and Most Dominant Athlete

Posted by TopOfTheThread on August 30, 2008

A few months ago I was chatting with a junior business student at LSU on the phone. I asked him LSU Tigers Basketball Pete Maravichwho was the best athlete of all time at LSU. I told him not to say Shaquille O’Neill. Not Bob Pettit. Not Kevin Faulk.  Not Jamarcus Russell. He didn’t answer.

I asked the student, who is your gym named after?

The best, most dominant athlete to play at LSU was “Pistol: Pete Maravich. He dominated collegiate basketball like no one else. He has the record of averaging 44 points per game for his career (3 years. Back then freshmen were not allowed on varsity teams.) He was a show-man and flashy. He changed the game.

Many of his scoring records will never be broken.

Here are just a sampling of some of this collegiate records:

  • Holds NCAA career record for highest points per game average (44.2 ppg)
  • Led the NCAA Division I in scoring with 43.8 ppg (1968); 44.2 (1969) and 44.5 ppg (1970)
  • Averaged 43.6 ppg on the LSU freshman team (1967)
  • Three-time AP and UPI First-Team All-America (1968, 1969, 1970)

He was unbelievable. Take a look at this video.

(photo planebuzz.com)

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One Response to “LSU’s Best and Most Dominant Athlete”

  1. As a huge LSU sports fan, I agree that pistol pete Maravich is the best athlete ever at LSU. Mr. showtime who brought basketball to its all-time height at the university.

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