, Louisiana (PressExposure) June 22, 2009 -- LSU basketball has had many successful teams; however, none were better than or more exciting that the team was from 1990-1992. LSU had gone out and recruited the highly prized Shaquille O' Neal and he became a national celebrity in short time due to his size, intimidation factor, and great play. O' Neal was a force to be reckoned with because there was not many players that could matchup with him due to his enormous size.
Shaq's accomplishments are endless, however, there are a few that stand out more than others. He was a Two-time consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and two time member of the first-team All-Americans in 1991 and 1992. He was also National Player of the Year as chosen by the Associated Press in 1992.
He also set SEC record for most blocks in a season three consecutive years. He also holds the SEC record for career blocks with 412, which including blocking five or more shots in a game 45 times, which was over half of the games in which he played. He was also the National leader in rebounding in 1991 and 1992 averaging over 14 rebounds in both seasons. He is also the First player to lead the Southeastern Conference in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots in the same season, which has yet to be duplicated. He also has a Career field goal percentage of 61.0 percent is second all-time in SEC history.
After leaving LSU, he would go on to the NBA and become the first pick taken by the Orlando Magic in the 1992 NBA Draft. His game translated well in the NBA has he led the Orlando Magic to one of the largest turnarounds in NBA history with just his presence alone and his game improved every year. He would go on the leave the Magic to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996 and he became even more of a celebrity because of the Los Angeles market.
Los Angeles was where he would also capture the first of his four NBA Championship, including winning three in a row with the Lakers, after leaving the Lakers he would return to Florida, however, this time with the Miami Heat. He would lead the Heat to an NBA championship in his first season with the team and even though his game was declining his influence on the players around him could not be ignored. He was voted to NBA's 50 greatest players list and is arguably the most famous LSU basketball alum. His number is one of four to have been retired by LSU; the three others include NBA Hall of Famers Pete Maravich, Bob Petit and Billy Cannon. His accomplishments cannot be ignored but it is his influence on the national landscape that has made Shaq into the celebrity that he presently is today.