Hall of Fame

Robert "Googe" Prather, Class of 1938

Induction Class of 1999
Basketball

Googe Prather was one of the most prolific scorers to come out of Moorhead College. The Union County native played his high school ball at Wheeler High School. Prather was voted Best Athlete at Wheeler and came to Sunflower Junior College to help lead the Trojans to back-to-back State Championships. During his time at SJC he was voted All State, All Mississippi Valley Conference, and First Team All-State as a freshman and sophomore. Sportswriters also chose Prather as the Best Player for both years. While at SJC he was President of the Student Council, Vice-President of the Wilson Society, selected for Who’s Who and voted Mr. SJC.

Prather left SJC and made a name for himself at the University of Alabama where he was named All-SEC for two years. He also made Honorable Mention status on the NEA All-American Team for two years. Prather was called “the man of a thousand shots” and compiled several scoring records for the Tide.

He continued his basketball career after college in semi-pro leagues before and during his stint in the Army during WWII. While in the Army he accomplished awards for All-European Theater of Operations Honors as a forward with the “Reinforcement Squad” in 1944-45.

After returning from war, Prather became a teacher and basketball coach for 29 years. He taught and coached at Jericho High School for two years and Selmer High School in Tennessee for one year before settling at Saltillo High for 17 years. He then spent a year at Guntown High before going to work in Lee County as the Guidance and Testing Director and eventually Coordinator of Title One. Prather retired in 1975.

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