DELTA STATE BEST in MISSISSIPPI
The Delta State University men’s basketball program, under the leadership of veteran head coach Jim Boone, tops the herosports.com list of Best College Basketball Programs in each State. Boone over his stellar 32 year head coaching career has achieved 539 career wins, ranking him among the nation’s Top 12 Winningest Active NCAA Division II Coaches, and the NCAA Division II’s Top 50 All-Time Winningest Coaches. Boone’s 94 wins as the Statesmen mentor in his first 5 seasons are the most in DSU history, while leading the Statesmen to two NCAA Tournaments and a Sweet Sixteen appearance, having now taken four different Division II schools to the NCAA Tournament, an unprecedented event.
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Winning Percentage (2013-2016): .652 (60-32)
NCAA Tournament Appearances since 2000: 6
NCAA Final Four Appearances since 1975: One
NCAA Sweet Sixteen Appearances since 1975: Four
National Championships since 1975: None
NABC Player of the Year Awards since 1982: One
NABC Coach of the Year Awards since 1975: None
Delta State boasts one of two college basketball programs in the state to have ever made a Final Four. Mississippi State is the other. But the Statesmen have a much better record over the past five years, which earned them the title of “Best College Basketball Team in the State“.
Head coach Jim Boone led the team to a Sweet 16 run just two years ago — his second year with the team. They set a program record for wins in the 2013-14 season with a 26-7 record.
Three Statesmen have played in the NBA, most recently Jerry Richardson from 2007 to 2009. They’re one of the premier programs in the country and without a doubt the most successful program in Mississippi.