PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Over the last 30 years since the Little East Conference was formed as a basketball only conference, there have been several dominating players that have passed through the LEC institutions. One of the most dominating men’s basketball student-athletes to ever put on a Plymouth State University uniform was Moses Jean Pierre between 1990-1994.
Not only was Jean-Pierre one of the most dominating forces in the Little East Conference during his career at Plymouth State but nationally. He was named First Team All-American by the American Basketball Coaches Association (ABCA) in 1994 and finished his career inside the top-20 nationally in NCAA Division III career points, steals and assists. Jean-Pierre’s records still stand today at Plymouth State and the NCAA. Jean-Pierre was named the 1994 ECAC New England Player of the Year after averaging 28.8 points per game.
He set nearly a dozen Panthers school records from 1990-1994, including career assists (669), steals (497) and consecutive games with a successful three-pointer (32). Jean-Pierre established new career Division III standards for steals per game, averaging 5.51 per game and in the process he also set single-season records for steals per game (6.3) and total steals in a season (189) during his senior season in 1994. Jean-Pierre is still the Panthers’ career statistical leader with 2,483 career points, 669 career assists and 497 career steals (NCAA Division III steals record too).
On January 30, 1996, the three-time All-New England and two-time All-LEC First Team selection became the third student-athlete (first in men’s basketball) to have their uniform number (#12) retired in Plymouth State’s Foley Gymnasium. Jean-Pierre was inducted into the Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1999 and was later inducted into the Little East Conference Hall of Fame, Class of 2013.
For the complete list of Plymouth State men’s basketball records owned by Moses Jean-Pierre, visit Plymouth State’s record book.
The historic competitive success the LEC has achieved throughout the 30 years, beginning as a basketball only conference in 1986 and expanding into today’s 19-Championship Sport Conference, will continue to make academic and athletic strides as the LEC continues to be the premier Division III conference of the New England region.
The Little East Conference was formed in 1986 when six public institutions gathered to create a single sport athletic conference and has expanded into what is now New England’s premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. The LEC features 19 Championship Sports and sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes while following the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship and citizenship.