Jackie Moreland

A tremendously gifted athlete who first landed in the national spotlight while establishing a high school scoring record at Minden, Moreland was a big man (6-7) who could play any position on the basketball court and was often called on to bring the ball down court and score from outside. He played three years at Tech (1957-60) and gained all-America acclaim all three years. He helped lead the Bulldogs to one of their finest season ever in 1958-59 when Coach Cecil Crowley's crew went 21-4 while Jackie was averaging 21.1 points and a school record 18.7 rebounds. A very good baseball player and excellent student, Moreland also became a solid pro basketball player after being drafted No. 1 by the Detroit Pistons. He played at Detroit for seven years and later played three more years for New Orleans of the ABA. He was residing in New Orleans at the time of his death, Dec. 21. 1971, at age 33.

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