TriCounty Community Guide 50 Greatest Sports Figures in the Tri-County - Page 31

Frank Selvy Selvy After having an All-State career in basketball at Corbin High School, Selvy continued his successful roundball career at Furman University. According to the Southern Conference web site: Selvy was the fi rst player in NCAA history to score 1,000 points in a season and later became the fi rst to average more than 40 points per game. On February 13, 1954, he became the fi rst and only NCAA player to score 100 points in a single game. By the time he left Furman University, Selvy had become one of the greatest basketball players in SoCon history. He was a three-time All-American and was twice voted Player of the Year in the Conference. In 1954, he was named National Player of the Year by the UPI wire service. Selvy led the NCAA in scoring as a junior and repeated that achievement as a senior, when he averaged 41.7 points per game. With Selvy in their lineup, the Paladins won 74 percent of their games. With 2,538 career points, he remains the leading scorer in Furman history and fourth all-time. He was also the No. 1 overall pick of the 1954 NBA draft, Selvy enjoyed a nine-year career in professional basketball, playing in two NBA All-Star games and two NBA championship fi nals. UK Alums Stacey Reed Sheppard Sheppard The Sheppards Stacey Reed started on not one, but two Kentucky state championship teams for the old Laurel County High School. As an eighth-grader, she brought the ball up the fl oor for Coach Roy Bowling’s 1987 state champs. As a senior in 1991, Reed was the individual star of the state tournament. In four games, she scored 93 points and carried the Lady Cardinals to yet another state title. Picking the University of Kentucky over the then- more-established women’s basketball program at Western Kentucky, Reed became one of the best point guards -- and best players -- in school history. She is still the seventh all-time leading scorer in Kentucky women’s history. She would go on to marry former University of Kentucky standout Jeff Sheppard. Strong tieS to program Jeff and Stacey Sheppard carved out a legacy for themselves while playing for the University of Kentucky. 50 GREATEST SPORTS FIGURES | 31