Centenary is a Young Team

Former Duquesne assistant coach Greg Gary takes over a young Centenary College of Louisiana team. Centenary was 10-21, 4-14 in Summit League play in 2007-08.

The Gents had just one senior on the roster, Sweden's 6-foot-6 swing Iman Shokouhizadeh who averaged just 4.4 minutes per game.

Shokouhizadeh and Stallings were the only players with junior college experience. Most players are in the tri-state area: two from Oklahoma, three Louisianians and seven from Texas. Adams breaks that trend; he played at one of the top Catholic programs in Baltimore, Md. -- Mount Saint Joseph's High School.

Gary replaces coach Rob Flaska who was 24-65, 9-39 in Summit League play in three seasons. Flaska and Centenary signed one player this past fall, 6-foot-10 post Te'Allen Price from Woodward High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Centenary, perhaps best known as Boston Celtics Hall of Famer Robert Parish's school (see below), had been an independent until 2003-04 when they joined the then Mid-Continent Conference. On June 1, 2007, the conference officially changed its name to The Summit League.

The Gents play in the 3,000 seat geodesic Gold Dome, constructed in 1970 and located just south of the main Centenary College campus.

Centenary athletics nickname of "Gentlemen" or the "Gents" has a win one for the Gipper type-origin. In the fall of 1921, it seems the football team had been in a fight the previous game, and then-Centenary President George Sexton sat the team down before the next game and told the players, "...from now on, you will all act like Gentlemen."

When the school began women's sports in the 1960's, the teams were known as the "Ladies."

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From Robert Parish Page in Media Guide

    A five-time basketball All-American, Parish led Centenary to an 87-21 mark over four years (1972-1976) and brought national recognition to the Gents program. Behind the 7'1", 235-pound frame of Parish, Centenary broke into the Associated Press national poll at 19th and spent a total of 14 weeks in the Top 20, mostly during the 1975-76 season.

    Parish was a dominant force on the basketball court as evidenced by the numerous records he still holds today. He ranks at the top of 12 Centenary all-time lists including most points in a game (50), most field goal attempts in a game (37), most field goals made in a game (25), most rebounds in a game (33), season (505), and career (1,820), highest single-season (18.7) and career (16.9) rebounding average, and most blocked shots in a game (10) among others. Parish holds the 10 best single-game rebounding efforts in school history and claims 16 of the top 22 overall. His four years playing in the maroon and white still serve as the top four single-season rebounding averages.

    Parish was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and played 21 seasons in the NBA. "The Chief" as he was called, helped the Boston Celtics to three NBA Championships, was selected to nine All-Star games and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. His trademark jersey number 00 has been retired by both Centenary and the Boston Celtics.


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