Nov. 24, 2009
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago has announced its 11-player 1980s All-Decade Team as its salutes the top players from a decade that saw the Ramblers roll up 156 total wins, including a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1985.
The 1980s All-Decade Team is highlighted by seven former National Basketball Association draft picks - Alfredrick Hughes, Darius Clemons, Wayne Sappleton, Andre Battle, Andre Moore, Bernard Jackson and Kevin Sprewer. Hughes is Loyola's all-time leading scorer and one of the most prolific scorers in NCAA history with 2,914 points.
Joining those seven players on the Loyola 1980s All-Decade Team are Keith Carter, Carl Golston, Gerald Hayward and Greg Williams. A prolific-scoring bunch, the individuals comprising the 1980 All-Decade Team accumulated a combined 15,575 points in their careers.
These 11 individuals will be recognized at the Ramblers' home game versus San Francisco Dec. 12 and the current Loyola squad will wear 1985 replica jerseys for that contest. In addition, at the San Francisco game, Loyola will honor the 1985 team on the 25th anniversary of its NCAA Sweet 16 run that captured the hearts of the campus, community and city. The 1985 team finished with a 27-6 overall record and defeated Iona and Southern Methodist in the NCAA Tournament before falling in the regional semifinal round to eventual NCAA Runner-Up Georgetown.