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Remembering the late Alphonso Ford

With a deep NCAA Tournament run, Creighton forward Doug McDermott figures to pass former Miss. Valley Standout Alphonso Ford on the NCAA's career scoring list.

Ford, who died of leukemia in 2004, ranks fourth all-time with 3,165 career points at Valley from 1989 to 1993. The former Amanda Elzy standout was the fourth NCAA player to average 25 points a game in four straight seasons.

The Alphonso Ford Trophy, also known as the Euroleague Best Scorer, or Top Scorer award, is the annual award given to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague's top scorer.

The 6-foot-3 Ford played in one of the greatest periods of SWAC basketball, competing against Jackson State's Lindsey Hunter, and Southern University's Bobby Phills.

Hunter earned NBA title rings with the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons. Phills, who was killed in a 2000 car accident, shined for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets.

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