Counce: From playmaker to life saver

by muslimsdonteatme on August 23, 2009

Over the years, Jim Counce has been referred to as a forward, a doctor, a Razorback, a coach, a surgeon, a defensive stopper and an academic All-American. Now he can add hall of famer to the list.

Counce, an Arkansas basketball letterman from 1975-78, is part of the University of Arkansas Hall of Honor class for 2009.

Playing on a team featuring the Triplets of Ron Brewer, Marvin Delph and Sidney Moncrief, Counce was one of the other starters in 1978 along with center Steve Schall.

That club, under head coach Eddie Sutton, put Arkansas basketball on the national map by going 32-4, winning the Southwest Conference title, reaching the Final Four and earning a No. 5 final ranking.

The Triplets received most of the attention and combined to score 52 of Arkansas’ 75 points per game, but who got them the ball?

Counce led the team with 3.3 assists per game. In addition to regularly drawing the team’s toughest defensive assignment, he was fifth on the team with 4.2 points, fourth with 4.2 rebounds and third with 20 blocked shots.
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