Former Eagle and current Detroit Piston is latest EWU addition to the top 50 moments in league history
Rodney Stuckey has played more than 400 regular season games in the National Basketball Association, but his performance two days before Christmas in 2008 was particularly impressive.
The former Eastern Washington University All-American scored 40 points for the Detroit Pistons against the Chicago Bulls that night, and, as a result, has been selected No. 34 on the Big Sky Conference list of top moments in the 50-year history of the league.
In front of a crowd of 22,076 at The Palace of Auburn Hills, the Pistons defeated the Bulls 104-98 on Dec. 23, 2008. It was Stuckey's 12th career start for the Pistons and he scored 40 points in 42 minutes. Stuckey was 15-of-24 from the field and 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. He also added two rebounds, four assists and four steals.
His career high at EWU was a school-record 45 points on Jan. 5, 2006, in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Stuckey is currently in his seventh year as a Piston, and entered the season with averages of 13.4 points, 4.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in his 410-game career (260 as a starter). He earned second team honors on the NBA All-Rookie Team in the 2007-08 season.
A 2004 graduate of Kentwood High School in Kent, Wash., Stuckey was an All-American at Eastern – both athletically and academically – after averaging 24 points per game in each of his two seasons. He helped EWU win 30 games in two seasons and had a 3.34 grade point average.
Stuckey is EWU’s highest draft pick ever and just the second in school history, and at the time was the second-highest selection in the Big Sky. Eastern’s only previous NBA draftee is Ron Cox, a sixth-round draft choice by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1977. Although he never played a game in the NBA, Cox is EWU’s all-time leading scorer with 1,741 points as Stuckey finished fourth in school history with 1,438 points.
Big Sky Celebrates Men’s, Women’s Anniversaries
After 50 years of competition, the Big Sky Conference has begun a year-long journey celebrating the league’s success both on and off the playing field by honoring 50 years of men’s athletics and 25 years of women’s athletics.
The 50th anniversary will celebrate the all-time individuals, teams and moments in the Big Sky’s history, including the selection of the league’s Top 50 male student-athletes and the top 25 female student-athletes.Along with the lists, the league will unveil the most memorable moments for both men’s and women’s competition.
For links to stories of the Top 50 Male Athletes and Top 50 Men’s Moments revealed thus far, go to: http://www.bigskyconf.com Here are EWU’s choices thus far:
Top 50 Athletes
#37 J.C. Sherritt (2007-08-09-10) - ‘10 Buchanan Award Winner
#39 Greg Peach (2005-06-07-08) - ‘08 Buchanan Award Winner
#47 Matt Nichols (2006-07-08-09) - EWU & Big Sky record 12,616 career yards and 96 touchdowns
Top 50 Moments
#34 Former Eagle Rodney Stuckey scoring 40 points against the Chicago Bulls in a 104-98 victory on Dec. 23, 2008.
#37 EWU 2013 Comeback vs. Sam Houston State, a 45-42 loss in the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs after trailing 35-0 at halftime
#42 Bashir Levingston’s 3 Kickoff Returns for TD vs. Sacramento State in 1998