Feb. 7, 2009
All those conference championship banners hanging in the rafters of the Montagne Center are about to get some company as Lamar University is set to retire three former men's basketball player jerseys, announced Director of Athletics Billy Tubbs.
The three players who will have their jersey retired are Don Bryson (#13), B.B. Davis (#52) and Clarence Kea (#54), all three of which have left a lasting impact on the tradition-rich Lamar program.
Bryson, Davis and Kea will be presented with their jersey Friday, Feb. 20 at the Former Players Reunion banquet at McDonald Gym. The jerseys will be unveiled in the Montagne Center at halftime of Lamar's game against Northwestern State on Saturday, Feb. 21.
"The retirement of jerseys is long over due," Tubbs said. "We formed a committee that set the criteria for consideration and they selected this inaugural class. All three jerseys we are retiring were unanimous selections.
"The committee will continue to meet on a yearly basis. There could be some years when we retire one or two or there might be years when we don't retire a jersey. All selections will be made by the committee based on the set criteria."
Bryson, a three-year letterwinner from 1962-65, put together an outstanding senior season in 1964-65 that culminated in being named third-team Associated Press (AP) All-America, becoming the first Cardinals player to earn All-America honors. He averaged 23.2 points and 14.9 rebounds per game that season and helped Lamar post an 18-6 record. His 23.2 ppg still ranks as the third best single-season average in school history and the 14.9 rpg ranks second in school and third in SLC history.
A native of New Orleans, Bryson was a two-time All-Southland Conference performer, earning first-team honors in 1965 and second-team in 1964. He posted career averages of 16.5 ppg and 12.4 rpg, which ranks second all-time in SLC history. He still ranks among the all-time leaders in school history in several categories. He ranks 14th in scoring with 1,240 points, fourth in rebounding (931), fifth in field goal percentage (.550) and third in free throws made (370).
He scored 30 or more points in a game six times, including a career-high 36 points against Abilene Christian (2/20/65). Bryson grabbed 20 or more rebounds in a game five times with a career-best 26 against Southern Miss (1/18/65). He is the school's all-time leader with three games in which he scored 20 or more points and grabbed 20 or more rebounds.
Bryson helped Lamar post a 59-17 (.776) record during his three-year career. The Cardinals posted a 22-5 record in 1962-63, won the Lone Star Conference championship and lost to Southern Illinois in the championship game of the NCAA College Division tournament. Lamar was 19-6 in 1963-64, won the inaugural SLC championship and placed third at the NCAA College Division tournament.
Davis, a four-year starter for the Cardinals from 1977-81, helped Lamar win four straight Southland Conference championships and appear in three straight NCAA Tournaments during his tenure. He posted career averages of 17.5 ppg and 9.4 rpg.
A native of Beaumont, Davis' name is littered among several categories in the record book. He ranks second all-time in school history with 2,084 points, second in rebounding (1,122), second in field goals made (881), second in blocked shots (170), seventh in free throws made (322), third in games played (119) and tied for second in games started (115). His 1,122 career rebounds ranks eighth all-time in SLC history.
Davis' best season was as a sophomore in 1978-79 when he posted averages of 20.2 ppg and 10.8 rpg. His 651 points that season ranks sixth all-time in school history and his 344 rebounds ranks third. His 75 blocked shots in the 1979-80 season still ranks as the best single-season total in school history. He scored a career-high 36 points against Texas-Arlington (2/10/79).
He was a four-time All-SLC selection, earning first-team honors in 1978, 1979 and 1981, and was a second-team selection in 1980. He was also named to the 1981 SLC All-Tournament team. He was named to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VI team in 1980 and 1981. He is the only player in school history and currently one of 98 NCAA Division I players to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in a career.
Davis helped Lamar post an 18-9 record in 1977-78 and win the SLC championship. The Cardinals posted a 23-9 ledger in 1978-79, won the SLC title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, where they knocked off nationally-ranked Detroit before falling to eventual national champion Michigan State. Lamar was 22-11 in 1979-80, won the SLC championship and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 after defeating No. 4-ranked Oregon State, which is still the highest ranked team the Cardinals have defeated in school history.
The Cardinals posted a 25-5 record in 1980-81, won the SLC title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Lamar compiled an 88-34 (.721) overall record and a 33-7 (.825) mark in SLC games during his tenure.
Kea, a four-year starter for the Cardinals from 1976-80, helped Lamar win three SLC championships and appear in the first two NCAA Tournaments in school history. He posted career averages of 15.5 ppg and 9.8 rpg.
A native of Wilmington, NC, Kea still ranks among the all-time leaders in school history in several statistical categories. He ranks as the school's all-time leader in rebounds with 1,143, fourth in scoring (1,184), fourth in field goals made (688), second in free throws made (438), fifth in games played (117) and tied for second in games started (115). His 1,143 career rebounds ranks sixth all-time in SLC history.
Kea made an immediate impression by leading the Cardinals in scoring and rebounding as a freshman in 1976-77 at 15.7 ppg and 9.1 rpg, respectively. He scored 30 or more points in a game four times with a career high of 34 points at Texas-Arlington (2/24/79). He recorded 20 or more rebounds in a game four times with a career-high 24 against Texas Lutheran (12/10/77) and had two games in which he eclipsed 20 points and 20 rebounds.
He holds two of the Top-10 single-season rebound totals in school history with 332 in 1978-79 (5th) and 328 in 1979-80 (6th). He led the team in field goal percentage all four years he played and in rebounding twice. He earned first-team All-SLC honors in 1980 and was a second-team selection in 1977 and 1979.
Kea helped Lamar compile a 75-46 (.620) overall record and a 31-9 (.775) mark in SLC play during his career. The Cardinals captured SLC titles in 1978, 1979 and 1980. Lamar, who posted a 22-11 record in 1978-79, advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated nationally-ranked Detroit in the first round on the strength of his 33-point, 19-rebound effort. The Cardinals advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1980.