Hall of Fame

Herbert Hargett, Class of 1949

Induction Class of 1999
Basketball

Herbert Hargett was a scoring force to be dealt with-first at Belmont High School and then at Sunflower Junior College and later at Mississippi State University. Hargett perfected his two handed set shot back at Belmont, MS., where he helped lead Belmont High to the State Championship in 1947. That year his team won 39 games and lost one. He came to SJC in 1947 and was named to the All State Team. The next season he was the Trojans’ captain and a unanimous choice for All State. That year he ranked 33rd in the nation in scoring among all junior and senior colleges averaging 14.7 points per game. He was also named Best Boy Athlete at SJC. While at Moorhead, Hargett was voted Mr. SJC and selected to the SJC Hall of Fame. He was one of four members selected for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was Vice President of the FFA, Vice President of the S Club, and a member of the YMCA.

Hargett continued to wow the crowd and opponent at Mississippi State University where he received 2nd Team All SEC honors his senior year scoring 18.6 points per game. During his senior year, he garnered SEC “Player of the Week” honors and was named 1st Team All SEC by several publications and 2nd Team All SEC by the Associated Press. He was also named to the 2nd Team in the All SEC Tournament and listed as honorable mention on Collier’s All American Team. He finished his senior year in the Top 20 in the nation in scoring and Top 10 nationally in free throw percentage with an 80.6% average.

Herbert was drafted by the NBA’s Fort Wayne Pistons-now the Detroit Pistons, but did not sign due to military service obligations and alternative career decisions.

After serving in the Air Force, Hargett served as a coach and Principal at Ruleville High School for eight years where his girl’s team was one of the first All Star Teams. Hargett served as an assistant to Sunflower County Superintendent of Education form 1966-1967. In 1968 he was elected as Sunflower County Superintendent of Education and held that post until his retirement in 1992. He had also served on the MDCC Board of Trustees.

Herbert Hargett passed in 2014.

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