The most prolific scorer in Bowling Green State University men's basketball history has been selected to the Cast of Honor. Anthony Stacey will join a group of 18 others who have been honored by selection into the Cast of Honor.
The Cast of Honor is the most prestigious award that can be presented to a former BGSU student-athlete by the Athletics Department. A nominee must have received his or her undergraduate degree from BGSU or, in the event of early pursuit of a professional career, must have been a student in good academic standing and made significant progress towards a degree. The candidate must have been at least 10 years removed from graduation and be a member of the BGSU Athletics Hall of Fame, and must have exceptional athletic qualifications such as national award recognition, All-American status, and/or conference player of the year status. Finally, personal conduct, character, integrity, and community and University standing were considered.
Stacey's name and uniform number 34 will be hung at the Stroh Center alongside the other men's basketball Cast of Honor selections – Antonio Daniels (#33), Howard Komives (#30), James Darrow (#55), Wyndol Gray (#7) and Nate Thurmond (#42).
"Anytime you can get in the same conversation as those guys (Daniels, Komives, Darrow, Gray and Thurmond), it is truly an honor," Stacey said. "It's almost surreal. The biggest reason why I chose to come to Bowling Green was because of Coach (Jim) Larranaga. My teammates and coaches were a huge part of my success and I want to thank my family for all of their support through the years. I love Bowling Green and it's truly an honor that someone thought of me for this."
A native of Elyria, Ohio (Grafton Midview High School), Stacey scored 1,938 career points at BGSU and also set the school record for career steals with 226.
Stacey began his career with a bang, posting the best freshman season of any BGSU player in the modern era. He scored 433 points to set a BG freshman scoring record, and was named MAC Freshman of the Year, also earning all-league honorable mention. The first freshman to lead the team in scoring since frosh became eligible to play with the varsity in the early 1970s, Stacey averaged 16.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game that year. He ranked fifth in the league in scoring and seventh in field-goal percentage.
As a sophomore in 1996-97, Stacey again earned honorable-mention All-MAC honors as the team captured the league's regular-season title. He was second on the team in scoring that year, with 14.3 ppg, and had a total of 72 steals, the third most in program history. In 1997-98, Stacey missed the season after tearing plantar fascia on the bottom of his right foot, and was granted a medical hardship from the NCAA.
Stacey showed no ill effects the following year. He was named to the All-MAC First Team, and also earned NABC Second-Team honors in 1998-99, finishing fourth in the MAC in scoring (18.5 ppg) and second in steals that year. Stacey also was in the league's top 15 in field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage and rebounding. He scored in double digits in 25 of the 27 games, with 13 efforts of 20 or more points that season.
As a senior in 1999-2000, Stacey was named MAC Player of the Year, averaging 16.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game despite being bothered by a dislocated finger on his shooting hand and a sprained ankle from December on. Stacey hit the game-winning shot with just 1.1 seconds left in a February win at Akron, and became the BGSU career scoring leader with a field goal early in the second half of a win over Kent State that same month (Feb. 16, 2000). Stacey was a repeat selection to the NABC Second Team that year.
In addition to his point and steal totals, Stacey ended his career with a total of 760 rebounds, ranking seventh on the BGSU list at the time. He scored in double digits in 105 of his 119 career games, with 16 double-doubles. In the 2010-11 season, Stacey was named to the All-Anderson Team.
"Inducting Anthony Stacey into the Cast of Honor was an easy decision," BGSU Director of Athletics Greg Christopher said. "His impact on our men's basketball program from the moment he stepped foot onto campus was tremendous, capped off by being named MAC Player of the Year. He also had an impressive professional career overseas and continues to remain involved with BGSU Athletics."
Stacey played professionally in Spain for over nine seasons. After assistant-coaching stints with the Lorain Admiral King boys basketball team and the Lorain girls program, he was named the head boys basketball coach at Medina High School in May of 2011. Additionally, he is a financial professional associate for Axa Equitable.
Stacey is the first BGSU alum to be selected to the Cast of Honor since it was developed and introduced in September of 2011. Stacey was not eligible at that time as he had not been 10 years removed from graduation and was not yet a member of the BGSU Athletics Hall of Fame. He will be honored for his selection at a home men's basketball game this year yet to be determined.