#15 – Joe Pace, Coppin State
Back when Coppin State played in the NAIA in the 1970’s, the Eagles were national title contenders and Joe Pace was one of the reasons. In fact, Pace averaged 30 points per-game in 1976 when Coppin State captured the NAIA title and he later played in the NBA for the Washington Bullets.
Former Sun writer Jerry Bembry authored THIS OUTSTANDING PIECE on Pace back in 1999.
As one local college basketball expert said to me while I was researching this Top 16 list, “He (Pace) didn’t know much about anything except basketball, but he could fill up ten books with what he knew about playing the game. If he would have had some real coaching like kids get today, he could have been a big-time NBA player.”
(Please see next page for #14 on the list)