Honeycutt recalls award-winning shot, time at Tulane on eve of Green Wave opener

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NEW ORLEANS – Twenty-five years ago this month, the most heralded recruit in Tulane men’s basketball history made his debut in a Green Wave uniform.

Parade All-American forward Jerald Honeycutt made his way from Grambling, Louisiana, down to New Orleans, and in spite of high expectations placed on him, he lived up to many of them.

By the time he left Tulane in 1997, he helped the program reach the postseason in all four of his seasons and finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,209 points – a record that is still in place.

Though more than two decades have passed since Honeycutt last played for the Wave, three of those 2,209 points stand out above the others.

On Dec. 5, 1995, Honeycutt hit a twirling, buzzer-beating three-pointer to lift the Green Wave over Florida State, 78-77. It would win an ESPY for Play of the Year.

With the Seminoles making their first visit to New Orleans since that night, Honeycutt recalled that and more in a visit with area media Friday afternoon.

Head coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. also looked ahead to Sunday night’s season opener against 17th-ranked FSU. Honeycutt will be recognized at the game.

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Lenny has been involved in college athletics since the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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