The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® series continues by remembering a first in Tennessee State basketball history.
In 1994, TSU guard Monty Wilson was named the OVC's freshman of the year despite breaking his hand midway through the season.
Wilson averaged 13.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a freshman and was a key piece for the Tigers' OVC-winning team.
The Tigers had talented upper-classmen all over the depth chart, but Wilson still got quality minutes in games against Cincinnati, UCLA and Alabama.
Wilson may have gone down with an injury, but his TSU career was far from over.
Wilson rebounded from missing time and was named to the OVC's First Team during his junior campaign while scoring an average of 19.6 points per contest and grabbing seven rebounds. He then was named to the team again during his senior season despite playing through injuries to his face and foot.
Potential NBA suitors may have had qualms about Wilson's prior injuries, but that didn't stop him from playing professional basketball after leaving Tennessee State.
Wilson signed with a team in Puerto Rico and found immediate success, averaging a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds per game. Wilson was even named MVP of the Puerto Rico BSN league in 2001 and his team won the championship in 2003.
He has continued to play overseas up until 2011 when he played guard for a team in Venezuela.
Former Tigers Jason Johnson, Kevin Samuel and Bruce Price have also garnered the OVC Freshman of the Year award, but Wilson will always be remembered as the first.
The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® highlights some of the greatest moments in honor of Tennessee State's centennial celebration. A new moment will be released each weekday for a total of 100. These moments were chosen by the TSU 100 Moments committee, which consists of alums from various departments. TSU has so many great moments, not all can be represented in these 100.
Sports Information Assistant Alex Mitchell contributed to this article.