A few years ago, we ran a “Where are they now” on Rodney Monroe that you can review by clicking here. It is definitely worth a look. The following are just a couple of comments that were posted in the conversation that I wanted to elevate here.
I’ll never forget that NCAA Tournament game against Iowa. I was fourteen at the time and I remember not being able to breathe at the end of regulation, the first overtime, and the second overtime, I was so nervous. I also remember how crushed I was when State lost in the next round to Georgetown on a very controversial call. Monroe and Corchiani are my all-time favorite NC State players.
I loved Monroe- my favorite State player of all time. I remember being on Siesta Key beach in Florida, getting updates over a pay phone from my dad on the Iowa game as it went into the overtime periods. It was AWESOME- the totally biased commentary coming from my old man only added to the experience. And I don’t remember a more clutch free throw shooter. The man was, and I assume is, money.
Rodney Monroe’s performance against Iowa was one of the most memorable I’ve ever seen. He also pumped in 48 at Reynolds against GT, about 30 of which came in the second half as the Pack erased a 20 point halftime deficit and won. That was the greatest half ANY player in ANY league has ever had. That includes DT and MJ.
The above-mentioned controversial call against Georgetown was the worst call in NCAA/NCSU history–a distinction of awesome implication given that we’ve had so many go against us. Without that dreadful call, Jimmy V would have had another NCAA title. I think about that call at least ONCE during every State game.
Back to Rodney. He was one of the all-time greatest. Sadly, he is almost forgotten outside of the Wolfpack family. For some reason, there a few who want to diminish his accomplishments because he never really made it in the NBA.
Today we learned from the Charlotte Observer that one of the best ever is the new boys basketball coach for a Christian School in Huntersville, NC. Link to blog.
Former N.C. State basketball standout Rodney Monroe is the new boys basketball coach at SouthLake Christian School in Huntersville. His first day is June 1.
The 17-year-old school, situated on a 19-acre campus, is part of the SouthLake Presbyterian Church. It’s a TK-12 school that had about 800 enrolled students in the 2009-2010 school year. Tuition for high school students is about $9,000 annually.
Monroe, 43, was ACC player of the year in 1991, when he averaged 27 points per game and broke David Thompson’s school scoring record. He was the first N.C.State player to win player of since Thompson won from 1973-75.
Monroe is fifth all-time in scoring in the ACC with 2,551 points. Selected as one of the ACC’s top 50 players of all time, Monroe was drafted by Atlanta in the second round of the 1991 NBA draft. He played one season and played in Europe for 13 seasons. He was most recently head boys basketball coach at Lake Norman Christian.
“The game of basketball isn’t just about the x’s and o’s and making baskets,” said Monroe. “For me, you’re teaching young men how to win and how to lose, to understand that every time they go out on the court or go into the community, people are watching them. I want them to be young men worthy of wearing the SouthLake emblem on their jerseys as they represent Christ on and off the courts.”
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