FLORENCE, S.C. - The Francis Marion University men’s basketball program has announced its All-Decade Team for the 1990s, a squad that includes the program’s all-time scoring leader.
The team was selected by FMU coaches and personnel, and longtime Patriot supporters. The eight-member team joins the previously announced squads from the 1970s and 1980s. To be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must have earned his degree.
The squad includes forward Franklin Bellamy (1989-93), shooting guard Jake Biddle (1994-96), guard-forward Carlton Farr (1990-95), point guard Yaron Lahat (1997-99), forward Tim Proffitt (1988-92), forward-center Gene Reaves (1992-96), guard John Schantz (1987-91), and center Allen Wilson (1996-99).
Bellamy, a 6-4 native of Statesville, N.C., scored 1,455 points and grabbed 708 rebounds (fifth best in team history) in 122 career contests. He holds the school single-season (70.5%) and career (63.7%) records for highest field-goal percentage. He was twice named to the Palmetto State Conference All-Conference Team, while also earning All-Peach Belt Athletic Conference and All-NAIA District Six honors once. As a sophomore in 1990-91, he averaged 14.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game with a team-high 56 steals, while leading the Patriots to a 22-10 record and the school’s only trip to the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
Biddle, a 6-1 three-point shooter from Corydon, Ind., had his Patriot playing career cut short (1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons) due to a back injury. He returned to FMU several years later to serve as a student assistant coach and earn his degree. In 49 games, he scored 653 points, grabbed 172 rebounds, and handed out 100 assists. His deadly jump shot rained from behind the three-point arc, where he shot an amazing 43.7 percent for his career. He was named the Peach Belt Conference’s “Freshman of the Year” in 1995 after averaging 14.9 ppg and establishing school single-season records for three-point (48.6%) and free throw (89.7%) accuracy. He also holds the FMU career mark for free-throw percentage (87.8%).
Farr, a 6-3 slashing swingman from Spartanburg, S.C., established numerous team records in his unusual five-year career. After playing six games in 1990-91, he broke his wrist and was granted medical redshirt status. He went on to play in 119 career games and became the school’s career scoring leader with 1,863 points. He ended his career third on the assists list with 326, while setting team records for steals in a season (65) and career (247). He was the 1992 Peach Belt “Freshman of the Year” and in 1995 was the conference’s “Player of the Year” and earned All-Region recognition. He was a three-time All-Peach Belt selection and a three-time FMU team most valuable player. Statistically, his best season came in 1993-94 when he averaged 18.6 ppg and 6.7 rpg with 64 steals, while also shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the three-point line.
Lahat, a 6-2 floor general from Ramat-Gan, Israel, played only two seasons at Francis Marion before having to return home to fulfill a military commitment. In 55 contests, he averaged 8.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and 5.4 assists per game. He ended his career fourth on the assists list with 296, while committing only 150 turnovers. During his second campaign, he averaged 10.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, and 6.2 apg with a team-high 58 steals. In 1999, he earned GTE Academic All-District III honors, and in that year’s regular-season finale against nationally ranked Georgia College & State University, he posted only the second-ever triple double in Patriot men’s history. A week later, he won the squad’s opening Peach Belt Tournament game with a last-second layup in overtime.
Proffitt, a 6-4 swingman from Lily, Ky., played four seasons for the Patriots, averaging 6.4 ppg in 121 contests. A versatile player and a good defender, he recorded more assists than turnovers (208 to 169), while shooting 75.7 percent from the charity stripe and 40.5 percent from three-point territory.
Reaves, a 6-7 forward-center from Greensboro, N.C., played four seasons between 1992 and 1996. He scored 988 points and grabbed 556 rebounds in 109 career games. He shot 54.7 percent from the floor and 71.4 percent from the foul line, while totaling 36 blocked shots. He was named the most valuable player of the 1995-96 Patriot squad after averaging 12.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg and shooting 55.3 percent from the floor.
Schantz, a 6-2 guard from Sylvania, Ohio, played in a school-record 129 games between 1987 and 1991, and handed out a team-record 413 assists. He scored 1,295 points and hauled down 339 rebounds, while committing only 266 turnovers. A pure shooter with great range, he made 83.7 percent of his career free throws and 37.3 percent of his three-point attempts. During the 1990-91 season, he set the Patriot single-season mark for assists with 180, while also averaging 11.8 ppg. He was named to the 1990 All-Palmetto State Conference Team.
Wilson, a 6-9 center from Mullins, S.C., played three seasons at FMU, after transferring from USC Aiken. A dominant “man-in-the-middle,” he averaged 12.8 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 83 games for the Patriots, giving him FMU career totals of 1,066 points and 675 rebounds. A two-time team MVP and two-time All-Peach Belt selection, he owns FMU’s single-season (65) and career (159) records for blocked shots. Including his freshman campaign at USCA, he ended his career as the Peach Belt’s all-time rebounding leader with 866.
The team will be recognized on Saturday, Feb. 17, as part of Spirit Week activities and that afternoon’s (4 p.m.) game against Kennesaw State University.