FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men’s basketball program has announced its All-Decade Team for the first 10 years of this century (2000s), a squad that includes two of the program’s Top 10 scorers.
The team was selected by a committee at the university. The eight-member team joins the previously announced squads from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. A player needed to have played at least two seasons during the decade to qualify.
The squad includes 6-3 guard Mike Buglione (2002-04), 6-5 center JaQuan Bracey (2002-04), 6-6 forward Raymond Dorsey (2004-07), 5-11 guard Jarron Hinton (2002-04), 6-1 guard Michael Jenkins (2002-06), 6-6 forward Louis McCullough (2001-05), 6-5 guard-forward Will Tucker (1997-2001), and 6-6 forward Randy Williams (2002-04).
Six of the players were members of Francis Marion’s 27-4 squad that advanced to the 2004 Sweet Six 16 where the Patriots were eliminated by the eventual national champion.
Buglione, a native of Marietta, Ga., was a long-range bomber who averaged 9.7 points per game over his two seasons, while draining 130 three-pointers – many from well behind the arc.
Bracey, a native of Bennettsville and a product of Marlboro County High School, averaged 11.3 ppg and 8.5 rebounds per game over two seasons in Florence, while connecting on 59% of his field goal attempts. He stands 15th on the all-time rebounding list with 491 despite only playing two years, and he was named the 2003 team MVP. A solid force inside, he also blocked 56 shots in 58 games.
Dorsey, a native of Florence and a product of Wilson High School, averaged 9.4 ppg and 5.7 rpg over three seasons, while shooting 52 percent from the field. He is fourth on the all-time blocked shots list with 94, is 17th all-time in rebounding (472), and amassed 782 career points in only three years. He was named team MVP in 2006.
Hinton, a native of Lima, Ohio, averaged 6.7 ppg and 5.3 assists per game in his 58 game career. Despite only wearing the red, white, and blue for two years, he is fourth all-time in assists with 309 and 13th all-time in steals with 110. He connected on 36.7 percent of his three-point attempts, and in 2003-04 he set the school’s single-season steals mark with 66. His assists total that season (164) was the third highest in team history. He is currently in his fourth year as an assistant coach at Francis Marion.
Jenkins, a native of Goose Creek, averaged 7.8 ppg, 2.9 apg, and 2.6 rpg over a four-year career that included 100 games. He is sixth on the Patriot career list for assists with 291 and tied for eighth in career steals (118). He excelled at the free throw line hitting 83.4 percent of his charity tosses.
McCullough, a native of Goose Creek, averaged 15.7 ppg and 7.4 rpg while playing 109 games in four seasons. He is second on the school’s career lists for points (1,714), rebounds (811), and blocked shots (152). He is tied for eighth all-time in steals with 118, and is one of only two Patriots to ever record 1000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 blocks, and 100 steals. He connected on 41 percent of his career three-point attempts and 73.7 percent of his career free throws. He was a three-time All-Peach Belt Conference selection, a two-time All-Region pick, and a two-time FMU team MVP (in 2002 and 2004).
Tucker, a native of Pinehurst, N.C., averaged 13.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, and 2.2 apg over the course of his 106-game career. He stands eighth all-time in points scored with 1,464, ninth all-time in assists with 234, and 15th all-time in steals with 105. He shot 82.5 percent from the foul line and 39.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc. He twice earned team MVP honors, was an All-PBC selection in 2000 and was the PBC Rookie of the Year.
Williams, a native of Summerville, averaged 11.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg in two seasons. The smooth left-hander shot 54.5 percent from the field and was a first-team All-Conference selection in 2004. He also blocked 37 shots in just 58 games.
The team will recognized during Homecoming activities on Feb. 20.