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I remember when then MSU lost two super-primo HS basketball players to the SEC, 1969 recruiting season. Johhny Neumann Overton and Walter Rucker CBHS. Neumann went on to lead the SEC in scoring in his frosh year, Rucker the better percentage shooter and ball handler, state leader in free throw percentages, took off for Tennessee. Two local homer traitors. The Larry Finch led #2 in the nation in '72 would have evenly competed with Bill Walton's UCLA. Instead we ended up with Bill Laurie and no bench:(GO TIGERS! REVENGE IS OURS!
I played with Walter Rucker and against Johnny Neumann (and Finch and the Robinson brothers). We had a football OL line coach running the BBall program in 67-69 and he had no idea how to use Rucker's skills. Except when he needed to shut down Neumann who was averaging 30+ppg before the 3point line was invented.Then enter the clown Will Carruthers of the Press Scimitar local news who reported that both were going to accept scholarships to Memphis State. A lie which was born from the fact that Carruthers' best friend was Rucker's high school sweetheart father (later married) who claimed inside info.That was the end of that for both of them. Neumann went to Ole Miss where they free tuitioned his HS sweetie and Rucker to UT, with his HS sweetheart, to never play again.Jack KellyCenter CBHS '68
Walter Rucker, Mike Vosburgh and Johnny Neumann were TRAITORS who would have made the 1972-3 Tigers NATIONAL CHAMPIONS if they had stayed where they belonged. So what that the drunk newspaperman Carruthers hyped them up, that's was his job. They left because they didn't give a damn about us.
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