Mississippi State Bulldogs: 50 Greatest Athletes in School History

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Dec 17, 2014; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs dance team members entertain he crowd during a time out during the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Humphrey Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

#13 Jeff Malone, Basketball Guard (1980-1983)

Jeff Malone is arguably the best guard to ever play for Mississippi State. In the early 1980’s, Malone lit up the scoreboard whenever he hit the court. His 2,142 points is still the most ever recorded by a player in school history. His senior seasons in 1983, Malone scored at such a prolific rate, he averaged the second highest point total per game in the NCAA at 26.8 points per game. His career mark of 19.5 points per game is third on all-time in school history behind Bailey Howell and Jim Ashmore. In 1983, Malone was named the SEC Player of the Year and a First Team All-American by Sporting News. It was one of the best seasons ever by an individual player for Mississippi State. Jeff Malone was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 1983 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets (now the Wizards). He played in the NBA for 13 seasons for the Bullets, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. Malone was a two-time NBA All-Star in 1986 and 1987.

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