Bailey Howell won two NBA Championships and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The 12-year NBA veteran and former second overall pick in 1959 is also the only Mississippi State player to have his jersey number retired in the rafters where the Bulldogs play.
Now the street that passes Humphrey Coliseum will bear his name. Coliseum Drive will now be known as Bailey Howell Drive.
“I can think of nothing more fitting than to name the street which runs in front of our basketball coliseum in honor of one of the very best ever to play the game at Mississippi State, indeed one of the very best ever to play the game of college basketball, Bailey Howell,” said MSU president Mark Keenum. “I believe this honor is something the MSU family will deem most appropriate and long overdue.”
Howell was a three-time All-SEC selection for MSU from 1957-59 scoring 2,030 career points, which ranks second in school history. His 27.1 scoring average is still the benchmark for the program.
The 6-foot-7 forward went on score 17,770 points for the Detroit Pistons, Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers before retiring in 1971.
The C Spire Bailey Howell Trophy is given to the top collegiate men’s basketball player in Mississippi in his honor. The 77-year old is a fixture at Bulldog basketball games and is the father-in-law of director of athletics Scott Stricklin.