Monday, August 10, 2009

Jerseys In The Rafters: Bobby Speight (1951-53)

Most likely one the greatest NC State players you have never heard of, Bobby Speight led the Wolfpack to back-to-back Southern Conference Championships in 1951 and '52. A 6'8 rebounding machine, Speight still sits 4th on the All-Time NC State Rebounding List with 1,057. In 1952 and '53 he earned All-Conference honors and was also named as a 2nd team All-American in '53. Speight was just the 3rd player in NC State history to score more than 500 points in a season as he ended his career with 1,430 points.

Bobby Speight was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in 1953, with their 2nd pick. After 2 years in the NBA, Speight's career ended when he enrolled in the Army.

Speight passed away in 2007 after a long battle with cancer. Today, NC State remembers him by having their basketball practice facility's lobby named after him and by hanging his Jersey in the Rafters.


9 Responses to "Jerseys In The Rafters: Bobby Speight (1951-53)"
  1. HaveYouHuggedYourWolfToday? said...
    August 10, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Those were the days when joining the Army was a pay increase over the NBA? Hard to imagine.

  2. Pack Leader said...
    August 10, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    off topic but.....

    Heres a video that came out today of John Wall Dunking all over Jerry Stackhouse!!!

    Hey he may not have come to state, but he still knows how to put a hurtin on Tarholes!!!!

  3. Eric said...
    August 10, 2009 at 5:28 PM


    I had seen that this morning and was annoyed at Wall not suiting up in the red and white next year. Definitely would have made that dunk much sweeter.

    Since he isn't, my second thought was that Stackhouse is getting pretty old, so it wasn't that great.

    Have you all seen the UK pick up game where Wall and Cousins put on a show in front of about 300 fans? If you aren't from UK, you can't help but wish they choke and don't make the tourney this year.

  4. Werewolf in Franklinton said...
    August 10, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    The Jon Wall dunk is overhyped

    Stackhouse wasn't even gaurding Wall

    Stackhouse comes over to pick Wall up from the weak side after Wall already beat his defender. Wall was alreading going up before Stackhouse even got there.

    Also heard Stackhouse came down and dunked on Wall the very next possesion

    Wall is overrated

  5. Werewolf in Franklinton said...
    August 10, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    Just read on TOS that Rakeem Christmas narrowed his list to 8 and did not include State.

    Checked the interwebs and could find any site that verified his list.

  6. redfred said...
    August 10, 2009 at 10:47 PM


    UK is quickly rocketing up my "most hated with a passion scale", and doing it in a hurry. Not unlike it was back the days of Joe B Hall.

    If you're a UK fan though, you gotta absolutely love getting that hate back.

    As a matter of fact, I'm about ready for somebody to start hating on THE WOLFPACK once again!!!

  7. redfred said...
    August 10, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    "Those were the days when joining the Army was a pay increase over the NBA? Hard to imagine."

    I don't know exactly what to add to that statement, but I thought it deserved repeating.

    Strange how change isn't all that it's hyped to be when you really think about it. I know who I think deserves the money the most, and it ain't anyone who dribbles a BB for a living. Oh well, like they're saying to me, that's "progress".

  8. Jeff said...
    August 11, 2009 at 9:05 AM

    Redfred - stick to the basketball bud.

  9. redfred said...
    August 11, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Yes sir, I'll do that Jeffery.

    BTW, do you happen to be a moderator for this site?


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