STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) — If there’s one name consistently found throughout the Mississippi State record book, it’s Ray White.
And now, there’s another category you’ll find him listed under: legend.
On Wednesday, the Gulfport, Miss., native was named MSU’s 2018 SEC Legend, and deservingly so.
From 1976-79, the standout guard terrorized opposing defenses. By the time his collegiate career concluded, he totaled 1,640 points (fifth most in school history), 543 rebounds and collected a school-record 217 steals.
White, a three-time All-SEC selection who now resides in Dallas with his wife Sophia, went on to be selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the 4th round of the 1979 NBA Draft with the 79th overall pick.
“It’s an honor to be named Mississippi State’s legend. I want to thank Mississippi State, coach Kermit Davis, who recruited me, and the talent he surrounded me with,” White said. “We had guys like Gary Hooker, Rickey Brown and Wiley Peck all drafted. It was a great group of guys. It was such an honor being part of the SEC. I’ve always been proud to have played in the SEC. And man, being named a legend tops it off.”
White is currently fourth at MSU with 684 made field goals and 1,414 attempted field goals. Against Indiana State in the debut of Humphrey Coliseum, he drained 16 field goals, the second most in school history
“Ray White was one of the most talented athletes to play basketball at Mississippi State,” said Kermit Davis, who coached White at MSU. “It was an honor for me to be a part of his growth as a young man at MSU. It brings great happiness to me to see what he has accomplished as a husband and father of four children. What means more to me is knowing that I have a life-long friend in Ray White.”
The SEC will recognize all legends at the conference tournament in St. Louis March 7-11.