Hall of Fame

W.K. “Billy” Owens, Class of 1950

Induction Class of 2000
Basketball

Owens came to SJC in 1948 where his classmates promptly voted him “Typical Freshman” in the Retrospect yearbook. He was a member of the YMCA, the Future Teachers of America, and the Sunflower Petals newspaper staff. He was also selected as a member of the cheerleading squad. He earned letters in basketball, track, and cheerleading, earning him a spot in the “S” Club. A 1949 newspaper article said, “Billy Owens is fast making a name for himself at SJC, producer of many fine basketball teams and players, and ranks second only to his cousin Herbert Hargett in scoring for the Trojans.” During his freshman year the Trojans’ forward averaged 12 points per game and helped SJC to an 18-2 conference record, the best record in the state. For this he received All State honorable mention accolades. During his sophomore year Owens averaged 18.2 points per game and led the Trojans to a 12-9 record. He was named First Team All State. Owens also ran the 440 yard dash and anchored the mile relay team that year.

Billy went on to Mississippi State as a guard for the Bulldogs where they made a run for the SEC Title both years. He started half of the games his junior year and lettered in basketball at State. As a senior he earned a full time starting spot and ended the season as the Bulldogs No.2 scorer, averaging 11 points per game. Legendary University of Kentucky Coach Aldoph Rupp named Owens to his 1952 All-Southeastern Conference Opponent Team and he came within one vote of being named to the All SEC 2nd Team.

After earning his B.S. from Mississippi State and a masters from Memphis State, Owens served four years in the Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He stayed in the area and became a teacher and coach for 36 years before retiring.

Owens remained a staunch supporter of MDCC and in 1999 he spearheaded the group of alumni that founded the Lone Star Chapter of the MDCC Alumni Association. And in 2000 it was the first and only community college in the state with an active alumni chapter.

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