GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - Gulfport High basketball legend Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf - formerly known as Chris Jackson to South Mississippi - wasn’t just a star on the gulf coast, but throughout college basketball.
On Monday, LSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame Election Board approved unanimously to retire the former Admiral’s No. 35 jersey during the 2019-20 LSU Basketball season. The Gulfport native will become the 14th LSU athlete or coach to have his/her jersey retired, joining Bob Pettit, Pete “Pistol Pete” Maravich, Rudy Macklin, and Shaquille O’Neal for men’s basketball.
Abdul-Rauf was one of the best basketball talents the Magnolia State had ever seen. As a senior at Gulfport High, Abdul-Rauf averaged 29.9 points and 5.7 assists in his final year with the Admirals, collecting McDonald’s, Parade and Dapper-Dan All-America honors. In 1987-88, Abdul-Rauf was named Mississippi Player of the Year and the Gatorade Mississippi State Player of the Year.