Three former Texas State men’s basketball players — Jeff Foster (1996-99), Donte Mathis (1996-99), and Lynwood Wade (1992-94) — were named this week to the Southland Conference 1990s All-Decade Men’s Basketball Team.
The conference, which Texas State departed this year to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), announced the team as part of its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration. As a sign of the times, six of the nine schools that placed players on the team no longer are in the Southland Conference. As another sign of the times, Texas State, back in the 1990s, was known as Southwest Texas State.
Foster, a native of San Antonio, helped lead the Bobcats to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in 1997. Foster holds the Texas State career blocked shots record with 111, and is fourth all-time in rebounds with 931. A two-time All-Southland Conference team member, Foster was selected in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and traded to the Indiana Pacers, where he played for 13 years.
“Jeff Foster is not only the best rebounder that I have ever coached, but he is the toughest competitor that I have been with,” said Foster’s coach at Texsa State, Mike Miller. “I always felt confident with him on my team.”
Mathis, another San Antonio native, played alongside Foster at Texas State from 1996-99. Mathis is the only Texas State player in school history to be named Southland Conference Player of the Year (1999). The three-time All-Southland player ranks third all-time at the school in career points (1,622) and in field goals made (596). Mathis started 99 games in his career – the most by any Bobcat basketball player. During Mathis’ time at Texas State, the Bobcats won the league regular season title twice (1997 and 1999), and the league tournament once (1999).
“Donte Mathis played the game with such passion and energy that he had the unique ability to elevate the performance of his entire team,” Miller said. “We always knew that he would come and perform every day.”
Wade led the Bobcats to their first NCAA Division I postseason appearance as the won the Southland Conference Tournament in 1994 and he was named Most Valuable Player. Wade ranks 17th all-time on the Texas State charts in career points (1,061) and career rebounds (529).
“I can’t think of any player in my coaching career that had more to do with changing a program and impacting winning than Lynwood Wade,” said Wade’s coach at Texas State, Jim Wooldridge.