Friday, February 18, 2005
TUSCALOOSA - One of the legends of Southeastern Conference basketball, Reginald “Mule” King, will return to a house he rocked as a player for the University of Alabama. King, Alabama basketball’s biggest star as its all-time scoring leader, is being honored in miniature. The first ticketed fans through the gates at Saturday’s Alabama vs. South Carolina will receive “Reggie King bobblehead dolls.”
King will be there for his day. He’ll be at the main entrance inside the coliseum’s concourse signing the bobbleheads for fans and then will join the team courtside for Saturday’s 2 p.m. CT game against South Carolina.
King ranks eighth all-time in the Southeastern Conference and number one at Alabama in scoring with the 2,168 career points he scored at Alabama from 1976-79. He is the only Tide men’s player who has ever reached the 2,000 points mark. King scored 747 points, an average of 22.6, his senior season in 1979 which, incidentally, is also a school single season scoring best. He averaged 18.4 points a game for his UA career, scoring 306 (10.9) as a freshman in 1976, 543 (18.1) as a sophomore, 572 (21.2) as a junior, and 747 (22.6) as a senior.
A force who could do it all, King ranks tied for 2nd all-time at Alabama in rebounding as well with 1,279 career rebounds in 119 games for an average of 10.7. That rebounding total ranks T-2nd (with UA’s Leon Douglas) in the SEC in career rebounding.
King, a Birmingham native who now makes his home in Kansas, was a 1st round draft pick by the Kansas City Kings in 1979 and played for the Kings from 1979-83 and for Seattle from 1984-85. He was honored by the league as an SEC Legend in 1999. He was a two-time All-American, three-time All-SEC star and the 1978 AND 1979 SEC Player of the Year. He led the SEC in rebounding in 1978 with 13.3 rebounds per game.