Mississippi State Bulldogs: 50 Greatest Athletes in School History

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Sep 12, 2015; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs cheerleaders during the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. LSU defeated Mississippi State 21-19. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

#20 Jim Ashmore, Basketball Guard (1954-1957)

Jim Ashmore would likely be a household name in the world of basketball if he hadn’t been restricted by the Jim Crow era of Mississippi. The teams Ashmore played for were among the best in the country while playing in Starkville. Ashmore was an All-American and All-SEC player. He is the third highest scorer in the history of the school with 1,918 points, and was the leading scorer until Bailey Howell broke his record in 1959. He is one of only a handful of players to average over 20 points a game in his career as a Bulldog.

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