Texas Southern Retires Kevin Granger and Gaylord Davis' Jersey


TSU Athletics to Retire Granger and Davis Number

Houston, TX - - Texas Southern University officials announced they will retire the jerseys of former basketball standouts Gaylord Davis and Kevin Granger, during halftime of the men's basketball game against Alabama State, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 23 in the H&PE Arena.

Both Davis and Granger wore the same jersey (#10) during their basketball careers at TSU. Davis, a former Houston Wheatley All-State guard was the first TSU basketball signee to play in the Texas Coaches All-Star Basketball game. As a four-year starter for the Tigers (1972-76), Davis was the third leading scorer in TSU history with 2,081 points. The Houston native was chosen as TSU's Most Outstanding Player once and was presented the Top Free Shooter four times at the TSU Annual Athletic Awards Banquet. He also was named the Team Most Valuable Player during his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. Davis is currently the career leader in assists (525) and holds the single
season assist record (177). In his senior season, Davis led the SWAC in free throw percentage (.857) and ranked eighth in the SWAC in field goal percentage (.550).

Davis was named to the NAIA District VII first team and was a second team All-SWAC selection in 1975-76. He made honorable mention NAIA All-American his freshman and sophomore years. Davis was also a member of the 1976 TSU basketball team that finished 23-10, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament.

Davis is married to the former TSU cheerleader Rachel Thomas. The couple have two godchildren, Velencia (18) and Raymond (16).

As a four-year starter for the Tigers, Kevin Granger reaped Southwestern Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year (1993), SWAC Tournament MVP (1994), First Team All-Conference and Black College All-American Honors (1995 & 1996). He led the nation in scoring his senior season and finished his career as one of the leading scorers in TSU history. He also is among the leaders in assists (467) and steals (146). Granger also ranks fifteenth in rebounding (452).

After an outstanding four-year career at Texas Southern, Granger spent three seasons playing professional basketball in Italy, Cyprus, and Argentina. He was selected by the Quad City Thunder in the 4th round (#40 pick overall) of the 1996 Continental Association Basketball Draft.

The Scooba, Mississippi native graduated from Kemper County High School, where he earned First Team All-District, First Team All-State and All-America honors after leading Kemper County to the 3-A State Championship. Granger received his BS Degree in business on August 2000.

Granger and his wife, Tracy (who was also a Texas Southern cheerleader), have one child, Kevin Jr (4).


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Originally posted by C-LeB28
TSU Athletics to Retire Granger and Davis Number

(1)Both Davis and Granger wore the same jersey (#10) during their basketball careers at TSU.
(2) Davis is married to the former TSU cheerleader Rachel Thomas.
(3) Granger and his wife, Tracy (who was also a Texas Southern cheerleader ), have one child, Kevin Jr (4).



Is Kevin Granger still with the university after coaching?

I understand that Kevin Adams is now a recruiter for the Law School.
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Granger is coaching at a local high school.

Adams is over the Recruiting Department for the entire university.


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I remember some of those 70s team for TSU, particulary the '77 team, and remember Granger. The brother could shoot, and I can't help but wonder what would have happen if his ankle was healthy against defending champ Arkansas in the NCAA tournament.

Anyway, I say contrats to both.



Your not the only one that still thinks about that "what could have been" game against Arkansas. All of us 3rd Coast Tigers do.


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I remember when Kelvin Granger played for Texas Southern. Texas Southern almost beat Arkansas in the NCAA basketball tournament. I think Arkansas was ranked #1. ;)


Arkansas was the defending national champion and we lost by one point. If he wouldn't have hurt his ankle in the SWAC tournament we could have beat them.

For all you Panthers; if you look in the bottom right hand corner you see Granger shooting over your star guard from 1993 - '94 Dakar Gibbs (who's my cousin). :D


No. 10 gets special treatment at TSU
Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle

In 26 years of coaching at Texas Southern, Robert Moreland had his share of good basketball teams and star players. Two of those -- Gaylord Davis and Kevin Granger -- will have their jerseys retired Saturday.

Both wore No. 10 and a replica of each jersey will be raised to the rafters at halftime of TSU's men's game against Alabama State. They'll join Bennie Swain and Harry "Machine Gun" Kelly as the only Tigers basketball players to have their numbers retired.

A four-year starter for the Tigers from 1972-76, Davis is the school's all-time assists leader (525) and ranks third in points (2,081). A four-year starter from 1992-96, Granger was a penetrating specialist who led NCAA Division I in scoring his senior season and is second in assists (467) to Davis.

"Both are very deserving," said Moreland, who compiled a 399-352 record at TSU from 1975 to 2001. "Their records speak for themselves. Two outstanding young men and two outstanding ballplayers."

Moreland coached Davis only one year as Moreland's first year was the senior season for Davis, an all-state guard at Wheatley. In their one season together, TSU played in the NAIA national tournament, winning two games. A year later TSU won the NAIA national championship.

"He gave us a good start," Moreland said.

Counting regular season and conference tournament, Moreland-coached teams won 10 Southwestern Athletic Conference titles -- seven in the 1990s -- and participated in three NCAA Tournaments and two NAIA tournaments.

A product of Scooba, Miss., Granger was SWAC Freshman of the Year in 1992-93, SWAC Tournament Most Valuable Player in '94 and first-team All-SWAC his final two seasons.

"Kevin was a very unselfish player and that's why he was such a great player," Moreland said. "He was a pleasure to coach."


Granger went into the Golden State Warriors camp still hobbling on that bad ankle. He wasn't given ample amount of time to recover from that ankle injury so he was cut by them afterwards, he went to the CBA.


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Granger could have played in the NBA. He went head-to-head with Jason Kidd for two straight years. I remember the broadcasters during an NCAA tourney game against Duke saying that he played better than Kidd in the two meetings.

Anyway, the problem with pro sports, especially the NBA, is that too many teams will not make room for a player with Granger's abilities. In the league right now there are too many shoot first and pass second (third or fourth) guards. There are a lot of guards who will never lead their teams to the title. If one were to look at players who led their team to a title, they will see that these players, not all guards, many times passed almost as much as they shot the ball. Granger was one of the more complete players in college basketball. The NBA needs more players like him.