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  Alton Lister
Alton Lister

Player Profile
Dallas, Texas

High School:
Woodrow Wilson

Last College:
Arizona State


ASU Pac-10 Hall of Honor Inductee

2008 Pac-10 Hall of Honor Inductee
2000 Arizona State Hall of Fame Inductee
Center, Arizona State (1978-81)

•The 21st overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft by Milwaukee Bucks. Wearing No. 53 his entire NBA career, the 7-0 center played 16 NBA seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks from 1981-86 and 1994-95, Seattle SuperSonics (1986-89), Golden State Warriors (1989-93), Boston Celtics (1996-1997) and the Portland Trail Blazers (1997-98). Played in 953 NBA games and notched 6,298 points, with a career-best 11.6 points per game while playing in 75 games for Seattle in 1986-87.

•One of just two Sun Devil basketball players (Joe Caldwell in Tokyo in 1964 was the other) to be selected for the United States Olympic team, but his 1980 squad boycotted the games.

•A starter on the ASU squad which posted one of the largest defeats of an Associated Press top-ranked team when it defeated unbeaten Oregon State 81-61 on March 7, 1981, in Corvallis on the final day of the regular season. The 1980-81 Sun Devils were ranked as high as third that season and his 9.7 rebounds per game was the best by a Sun Devil in a 27-year span (1978-2004).

•Inducted into the Arizona State Hall of Fame in 2000 after a tremendous career that saw his Sun Devil teams post records of 16-14 in 1978-79 (first year in the Pac-10), 22-7 in 1979-80 and 24-4 in 1980-81. In his final two years, ASU was 15-3 (1979-80) and 16-2 (1980-81) in the Pac-10, the top two Pac-10 win totals in school history.

•A two-year starter and three-year letterman who earned honorable mention All-America honors by Associated Press and Street & Smith's in 1980-81. Also earned All-Pac-10 honors in 1980-81 and 1979-80 (honorable mention) and was named Team Most Improved Player in 1980-81 as he averaged 15.4 points and 9.7 boards in his senior year.

•Averaged 8.2 rebounds per game in his career (676) a mark that remains in the ASU top-10 list. Posted 27 double-doubles in 82-game career including a dozen in 1980-81.

•Posted 148 career blocks which set the school record that was not broken until the late 1990s and his eight blocks vs. Harvard on Dec. 28, 1978 remains tied for the school record. Blocked 55 shots in 1980 which set the school record, a mark that no one passed until 1995 (Mario Bennett with 115). Also blocked 49 shots in 1981.

•Earned All-Tournament honors at the 1978 ASU Holiday Classic, as ASU beat San Jose State and New Mexico for the title.

•Born October 1, 1958 in Dallas and a 1976 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in the Lakewood section of Dallas, as he was inducted into the schools Hall of Fame at its 60th anniversary in 1988.

Arizona State Sun Devils Men's Basketball
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