Greatest Pros No. 3: Scottie Pippen

pippen jersey 3. Scottie Pippen

Sport: Basketball

Position: Forward

High School: Hamburg

College: Central Arkansas

Professional Teams: Chicago Bulls (1987-98, 2003-04); Houston Rockets (1999); Portland Trail Blazers (1999-2003)

Notable: Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010; six-time NBA champion; two-time Olympic gold medalist; seven-time NBA All-Star selection; jersey No. 33 is retired by the Chicago Bulls

Playing alongside arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time (Michael Jordan), Pippen was a part of all six of the Chicago Bulls’ NBA Championships during the 1990s.

He averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game during his … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 4: Dan Hampton

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Sport: Football

Position: Defensive Tackle

High School: Jacksonville

College: Arkansas

Professional Teams: Chicago Bears (1979-90)

Notable: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002; Super Bowl XX champion; four-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1980s All-Decade Team

Coming out of Jacksonville High, Hampton was an All-American at Arkansas and helped the Razorbacks upset Oklahoma in the 1978 Orange Bowl.

While he had an impressive college career, he really made a name for himself in the pros. The Chicago Bears took him fourth overall in the 1979 NFL Draft and he spent the next 12 seasons playing … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 5: Bill Dickey

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Sport: Baseball

Position: Catcher

High School: Searcy

College: Little Rock College

Professional Teams: New York Yankees (1928-43, 1946)

Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954; 14-time World Series champion as a player or coach; 11-time All-Star; jersey No. 8 is retired by the New York Yankees

Dickey was the backbone of eight of the New York Yankees’ World Series, playing alongside baseball legends Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.

He made the All-Star game 11 times between 1928-1943 before leaving baseball to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 6: Willie Roaf

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Sport: Football Position: Offensive Tackle High School: Pine Bluff College: Louisiana Tech Professional Teams: New Orleans Saints (1993-2001); Kansas City Chiefs (2002-05) Notable: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012; six-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1990s and 2000s All-Decade Team

Coming out of Louisiana Tech, Roaf was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the eighth overall pick of the 1993 NFL Draft.

He made an immediate impact as one of the game’s most dominant offensive tackles. In 1994, just his second year in the league, he was named First-Team All-Pro. He repeated the … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 7: George Kell

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Sport: Baseball Position: Third Base High School: Swifton College: Arkansas State Professional Teams: Philadelphia Athletics (1943-46); Detroit Tigers (1946-52); Boston Red Sox (1952-54); Chicago White Sox (1954-56); Baltimore Orioles (1956-57) Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983; American League batting champion in 1949; 10-time All-Star

Kell had a very successful career in Major League Baseball after playing at Arkansas State.

He had a career batting average of .306 and has an AL batting title to his name. In 1949, his .3429 average barely edged Ted Williams’ .3427 average. A 2-for-3 performance at … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Coaches Take Their Game To Mali

School is finally ended, but it's back to class for Bentonville's boys basketball coaches — on the other side of the world. Head coach Jason McMahan and assistants Brandon Cole, Bobby Stadel and BrianBpkZzwbCIAAUrs6.jpg-large Matchell left Saturday for Mali, Africa, to run a skills/evaluation camp. The four coaches will get to work with the top 50 to 60 players in a country that is, to put it mildly, poor. There is an abundance of talent there, but there aren't enough coaches to provide the training and skill development for these players. The camp is … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 8: Cortez Kennedy

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Sport: Football

Position: Defensive Tackle

High School: Rivercrest

College: Miami (Fla.)

Professional Teams: Seattle Seahawks (1990-2000)

Notable: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012; NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992; five-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1990s All-Decade Team; jersey No. 96 is retired by the Seattle Seahawks

After a standout career at Miami (FL), the Seattle Seahawks selected Kennedy with the third overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft.

He then spent his entire 11-year career in Seattle, collecting 668 tackles and 58 sacks. He also forced 11 fumbles, recovered six … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 9: Sidney Moncrief

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Position: Guard

High School: Little Rock Hall

College: Arkansas

Professional Teams: Milwaukee Bucks (1979-90); Atlanta Hawks (1990-91)

Notable: Two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year; five-time NBA All-Star; jersey No. 4 is retired by the Milwaukee Bucks

Many people in Arkansas remember Moncrief as one of “The Triplets” that led Arkansas to the 1978 Final Four, but he also had a successful NBA career.

He was the back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year in 1983 and 1984 and played in the All-Star game five times.

Moncrief averaged 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 10: Cliff Harris

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Sport: Football

Position: Safety

High School: Des Arc

College: Ouachita Baptist

Professional Teams: Dallas Cowboys (1970-79)

Notable: Two-time Super Bowl champion; four-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1970s All-Decade Team; inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2004.

In 10 seasons with the Cowboys, Harris intercepted 29 passes, with at least two in every season. His best season came in 1977, when he picked off quarterbacks five times and was named a first-team All-Pro for the second time.

For the first half of his career, he was also a kick and punt returner. He … Continue Reading ››

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