Jerry Shipp, Southeastern Oklahoma State
The 6-6, 196-lb. small forward was a three-time, first-team all-Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference (OIC) selection and twice led the OIC in scoring. Named to the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1963, he was renowned for his scoring as a prolific jump shooter. He tallied 2,176 points during his four seasons (1955-56 to 1958-59), a mark that remains the third highest in school history. His single-game high, also an all-time program and OIC best, was 54 points vs. Phillips in 1957. Shipp also set a school and OIC record for highest single-game free throw percentage, when he converted all 19 of his attempts in a 1958 game vs. East Central. Southeastern Oklahoma State won two outright OIC titles and shared another during his career. SE Oklahoma State made two appearances in the NAIA tournament during Shipp’s career, including a 1957 runner-up finish to Tennessee State.
A ninth-round pick of the New York Knicks in 1959 NBA Draft, Shipp opted for the amateur ranks and distinguished himself as the high scorer for the gold-medal-winning U.S.A. team at the 1963 Pan Am Games and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He was the captain of that Olympic squad and also led the 1963 U.S.A. World Games’ silver-medal team in scoring. A nominee for the 1964 Sullivan Award, Shipp is a member of the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame. He also was inducted into the SE Oklahoma State Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, and his jersey is retired at the school.