From Arkansas State University
The Southland Conference has announced its All-Decade Men's Basketball Team from the 1960s as part of its 50th Anniversary commemoration and former Arkansas State greats Jerry Rook and John Dickson made the team.
The team included two players from each of the five institutions that made up the Southland Conference from its inaugural season in 1963-64 through 1968-69.
Rook, a Jonesboro native, played his final two seasons (1963-65) as a member of the A-State basketball team in the Southland Conference. He was named the first Southland Conference Player of the Year in his junior season after averaging 25.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game for the 1963-64 campaign. He also earned second-team All-American honors during his junior season. Rook repeated as the Southland Conference Player of the Year during the 1964-65 season as he averaged 23.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
Rook was named first-team All-American after his senior season. Rook scored 35 or more points in a dozen games, including a 39-point performance as a senior against conference opponent Lamar. He finished his college career with several ASU records and his 2,153 career points still ranks him as the seventh highest all-time in the Southland Conference. Rook was the first player from Arkansas State drafted into the NBA when he was selected by the Baltimore Bullets in 1965. Rook played a season with the ABA's New Orleans Buccaneers and later became a successful high school coach in Arkansas, where he led Pine Bluff High School to two state championships. He was inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame in 2009.
Dickson, who is also from Jonesboro, played from 1963 to 1967, and was an All-Southland Conference selection in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Dickson was the Southland Conference Player of the Year during his junior season along with being a second-team All-American choice. During that season he averaged 22.4 points and 14.2 rebounds per game. Dickson was also an NABC All-American pick following the 1966-67 season.
Dickson holds the Arkansas State record for points in a game with 47 against Tennessee-Chattanooga and Texas-Arlington. Dickson led the Southland in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage as a senior. Dickson is second in ASU history with 1,891 points and 1,139 rebounds. He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the third round of the NBA draft. Dickson was also drafted by the New Orleans Buccaneers of the ABA and played one season with them. Dickson was inducted into the Arkansas State Hall of Honor in 1984.
Southland Conference 1960s All-Decade Men's Basketball Team
1. John Ray Godfrey Abilene Christian 1964-68
2. Charles Cleek Abilene Christian 1964-66
3. Jerry Rook Arkansas State 1963-65
4. John Dickson Arkansas State 1963-67
5. Don Bryson Lamar 1963-65
6. Earl Dow Lamar 1967-69
7. Mike Nau Texas-Arlington 1964-67
8. Eddie Stallings Texas-Arlington 1967-69
9. Pete Ranucci Trinity 1963-65
10. Larry Jeffries (Player of the Decade) Trinity 1965-69
1. Dee Nutt Abilene Christian