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Kent Hyde



In 1954 at Onida, the 6-foot-5 1/2 senior averaged an incredible 50.4 points a game. His point total (1,411) and average that season were national records. The previous year he had averaged 16.1 points in helping the Warriors win the state Class B title. He was the only returning player from that team.

One newspaper article said: "Every defense is rigged to stop him. They 'sag' on him. They put two and three men on him. They try and keep the ball from getting in to him. But he still goes off the court with as many points as most teams get."

His high game for the season was 66 points. And he shot about 70 percent from the field for the season.

Hyde had 42 major-college offers but he went to South Dakota State, where as a sophomore (freshmen were not eligible) the 6-7, 205-pound center averaged 17.2 points a game and led the Jackrabbits to their first North Central Conference title in almost 20 years. The next year he again led SDSU to an NCC title as he averaged 19 points and 12.5 rebounds a game. He set an SDSU single-game scoring record with 40 points against Augustana in 1957. He also set records for free throws in a game (20) and season (145) and field-goal percentage in a season (.480). He finished his 63-game career at SDSU as the leading scorer (1,098) and rebounder (708) in school history.

A ruptured disk in his back, suffered during his senior year, prevented him from trying out with the St. Louis Hawks of the NBA. The Hawks had drafted him after his junior year.

In 1983, he rode his bike 1,300 miles, from Arkansas to Onida, to visit his parents. In 2004, he played in the Senior Olympics, and his team won the silver medal.














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