McDyess named to 2020 MS Sports Hall of Fame
Quitman Native Antonio McDyess will be included in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020 on August 1, 2020.
The Hall of Fall 2020 Class is one of the most diverse and accomplished in MSHOF history and includes: record-setting high school baseball coach Jerry Boatner; trail-blazing pro golfer, the late Pete Brown; NBA superstar Antonio McDyess; renowned, trend-setting stadium architect Janet Marie Smith; long-time Mississippi State athletic director Larry Templeton; and Ole Miss and NFL football great Patrick Willis.
The 6-foot-9 McDyess rates as one of the most productive basketball players in Mississippi history. Highly recruited out of high school, he chose Alabama and led the Crimson Tide in scoring and rebounding his sophomore year before he entered the 1995 NBA Draft and was the second player chosen. He made the NBA All-Rookie first team with the Denver Nuggets and was an NBA All-Star in 2001 when he averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds per game. In 2000, he won a gold medal playing for Team USA in the Summer Olympics in Sydney. He played 17 NBA seasons, scoring an average of 12 points per game for the duration.
Congratulations Antonio, your home-town people are proud of you and your accomplishments!