Wednesday, February 22, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Featuring former greats from all 12 Southeastern Conference member institutions, the 2006 class of the Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends will be honored at the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament March 9-12 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville.
"The Chick-Fil-A SEC Basketball Legends Program allows us to honor our past and show everyone why the SEC is one of the nation's premier basketball conferences," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.
The 2006 class includes Jim Farmer, Alabama; Marvin Delph, Arkansas; Lee DeFore, Auburn; Andrew Moten, Florida; Joe Ward, Georgia; Ralph Beard, Kentucky; Dick Maile, LSU; Sean Tuohy, Ole Miss; Rickey Brown, Mississippi State; Larry Davis, South Carolina; Bill Justus, Tennessee and Jim Henry, Vanderbilt.
Each Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legend will be recognized at halftime of
his institution's first game at the tournament.
Highlighting the schedule of events at the Dr Pepper SEC Fan Fare will
be appearances by the legends on the Chick-fil-A Press Box Stage.
Complimentary posters of the legends will be available in the autograph
area near the press box stage. FanFare will be open Thursday-Saturday,
March 9-11 in the Nashville Convention Center, adjacent to the Gaylord
This marks the eighth year of the basketball legends program.
Last year's group included Gary Waites, Alabama; Scott Hastings,
Arkansas; Rex Frederick, Auburn; Stacey Poole, Florida; Ronnie Hogue,
Georgia; Sam Bowie, Kentucky; Bobby Lowther, LSU; Coolidge Ball, Ole
Miss; Jack Bouldin, Mississippi State; Art Whisnant, South Carolina; Ron
Widby, Tennessee and Jeff Fosnes, Vanderbilt
2006 Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends:
ALABAMA - Jim Farmer, Guard, 1984-87
Drafted in the 1st round, 20th pick overall, by the Dallas Mavericks in
1987; Played for the Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Seattle Sonics, Minnesota
Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Denver Nuggets
during his NBA career...Scored 1,197 points during his four seasons at
Alabama, helping lead Alabama to the SEC regular season and SEC
tournament championships as a senior in 1987... 1987 squad also set
school mark with 28 wins ... Averaged 16.5 points his senior season...He
scored 58 points in three NCAA tournament games during Alabama's 1986
NCAA Sweet 16 run...He helped Alabama advance to three straight NCAA
Sweet 16 appearances...A native of Dothan, Alabama....He is currently
coaching a pro basketball team in Birmingham...His post-college &
playing career has included coaching, modeling and singing and he has
appeared in concert with Sawyer Brown and released a CD.
ARKANSAS - Marvin Delph, Forward, 1975-78
One-third of the famed "Triplets," Marvin Delph was a star at Arkansas
with Sidney Moncrief and Ron Brewer, and helped the Razorbacks reach the
1978 Final Four. A third-round draft selection by Buffalo in the 1978
NBA draft, he earned All-America honors in '78 after being an honorable
mention All-American in 1977. Seventh on Arkansas' career scoring list
with 1,742 points, 10th on the rebounding chart with 609 and second with
762 shots made, he led the team in scoring in 1976 and '77, and in free
throw shooting in '76 and '78. Delph led the Razorbacks in scoring
twice (1975-76 and 1976-77). A two-time first-team All-Southwest
Conference selection and a three-time NABC pick, he helped the Hogs go
17-9 in 1975, 19-9 in '76, 26-2 with a No. 18 final ranking in '77, and
32-4 with a No. 5 final ranking and a trip to the Final Four in '78. For
his career, he averaged 15.0 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 52.9
percent from the field and 81.3 percent at the line.
AUBURN - Lee DeFore, Forward, 1964-67
A three-year letterman from 1964-67 who was team captain his last year
... Left Auburn as the school's all-time scoring leader ... Currently
ranks 12th on Auburn's all-time scoring list with 1,386 points ... Was
an All-American by the Helms Athletic Foundation (36-man roster) in
1965-66 ... During 1965-66 season, averaged 23.7 points per game and
finished 11th in the nation in free throw percentage (.853) ...
Three-time All-SEC selection, including unanimous first-team honors in
1965-66 ... Led team in scoring in all three of his seasons ...
Currently ranks 5th on Auburn's all-time scoring average with 19.0
points ... 8th in free throws made and 6th in single-season free throw
percentage (.853) ... 11th in single-season free throws attempted (156)
... 5th in single-season free throws made (133) ... 7th in single-season
free throws attempted (516) ... Tied for 8th in single-season field
goals made (241) ... 4th in single-season scoring average (23.7) ... 9th
in single-season points (615) ... Led the SEC in scoring as a senior in
1965-66 with a 23.7 average, set nine Auburn scoring records, scored
over 30 seven different times, and led the team in scoring in 21 of 26
FLORIDA - Andrew Moten, Guard, 1984-87
A three-time All-SEC selection, averaging better than 16 points in each
of his final three seasons at UF...The 1984 SEC Freshman on the
Year...He ended his career with 1,930 points to rank second in school
history, while knocking down 44.5 percent from three-point range during
his time at Florida ... Third in career steals (165) and second in field
goals attempted (1,572) at UF ... Two-time team captain ... Led Gators
in scoring in 1984-85 with 16.6 points per game and in 1986-87,
averaging 16.0 points per contest ... He was a member of the first UF
team to make the NCAA Tournament, as the Gators advanced to the Sweet 16
his senior season...A member of the 1985 SEC Tournament team and a 1987
fourth-round draft pick of the New Jersey Nets ... Native of Quincy,
GEORGIA - Joe Ward, Forward, 1983-86
"Jumpin' Joe" Ward was one of the most popular, most talented and most
accomplished members of Hugh Durham's Georgia program of the 1980s.
After playing his freshman year at Clemson University, Ward transferred
to Georgia and sat out the 1983 season, when the Bulldogs reached the
NCAA Final Four. He entered the starting lineup five games into his
sophomore season and stayed there for the next three years. Ward's
greatest moment as a Bulldog came in December of 1984, when his
buzzer-beating jump shot toppled heavily-favored Georgia Tech. In his
senior season of 1986, he averaged a team-high 15.6 points and 5.3
rebounds per game and was named to the Coaches' All-SEC first team.
After the season he was drafted by the NBA's Phoenix Suns, and he played
professionally overseas until his retirement in 1994.
KENTUCKY - Ralph Beard, Guard, 1946-49
A three time All-American selection, Ralph Beard is considered one of
the greatest players in Kentucky's rich basketball history ... Beard
totaled 1,517 points during his four-year playing career, which is 14th
in school history ... In 139 career games, he averaged 10.9 points per
game, which, at the time, was second in school history ... Beard led
Kentucky to two NCAA Championships during his collegiate career ...
Beard helped lead Kentucky to its first national championship in 1948 as
part of the "Fabulous Five" ... The 1948 Olympic champion also garnered
first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in each of his four
seasons as a Wildcat ... During his four-year career, the Wildcats were
130-10 with four SEC titles ...
LSU - Dick Maile, Forward, 1962-65
Maile was a two-time first team All-Southeastern Conference selection.
He finished his career at that time as the third leading scorer and
rebounder in LSU history, with 1,284 points for a 17.4 average and 722
rebounds for a 10.4 average. He led LSU in scoring and rebounding for
three consecutive years, averaging 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in 1965,
20.7 points and 10.5 rebounds in 1964, and 14.0 points and 11.0 rebounds
in 1963 ... Today, still 12th all-time rebounder in LSU's 98-year
history ... Inducted May 2005 into the Louisiana Association of
Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
OLE MISS - Sean Tuohy, Guard, 1979-82
No one has dished out more assists in Southeastern Conference history
than Sean Tuohy, and his 830 assists still stands as the league career
record, while his 260 assists in 1980 remains the SEC single-season
standard. From 1979 to 1982, Tuohy earned All-SEC honors three years and
guided Ole Miss to the three consecutive postseason appearances for the
first time in school history. In 1981, Tuohy directed the Rebels to
their first ever SEC Tournament Championship and the program's NCAA
Tournament debut. The New Orleans native led Ole Miss to a 62-55 record
as he became the first four-year Rebel player to graduate with a winning
record. Tuohy was an SEC Academic Honor Roll selection in 1979 and was
a 1998 inductee into the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame. Following his
playing career, Tuohy went on to become president of Ole Bellco, Inc. As
a broadcaster, Tuohy spent six years as the color analyst for the Ole
Miss basketball radio network, and he currently serves as analyst for
the NBA Memphis Grizzlies radio broadcast.
MISSISSIPPI STATE - Rickey Brown, Forward/Center, 1976-77, 1979-80
Three-time all SEC standout, chosen first-team as a senior ... Ranks as
MSU's #4 all-time scoring leader (1,838 career points) and #2 rebounder
(1,092 career rebounds) .... Led State in scoring and rebounding as a
freshman and senior ... One of four MSU players to average
double-doubles in his four-year career ... averaged a double-double
(17.2ppg & 10.2 rpg) for his college career ... Ranks second on MSU's
all-time list with 774 career field goals made and third with 1,624
career field goal attempts ... Also still fourth in school history in
career blocked shots (163) ... Posted career high averages of 20.5
points and 14.4 rebounds (#3 in the nation) in earning first-team all
SEC honors as a senior. Drafted in the first round of 1980 NBA Draft
(13th pick overall) by the Golden State Warriors and divided five years
of NBA service between Golden State and the Atlanta Hawks.
SOUTH CAROLINA - Larry Davis, Guard, 1996-97
Played in 63 games for USC after transferring from University of North
Carolina ... Scored 1,068 points and was 1st team All-SEC in 1997 - the
year USC went to the NCAA after winning the SEC title ... The 24 wins by
the 1996-97 team is tied for second most in school history ... Averaged
17 ppg (18 in 96;16 in 97)....third team All-American in 1997 ... Was
2-time SEC Player of the Week ... His eight 3-point field goals made
against Georgia in 1996 is still a school record ... His 78 career
three-point field goals made was the record after leaving Carolina and
is currently third on school charts ...
TENNESSEE - Bill Justus, Guard, 1967-69
Three-year letterwinner at Tennessee ... Averaged 15.1 points and 5.1
rebounds during his playing career ... As a junior, averaged career-best
18 points per game ... Served as team captain of the 1968-69 Vols, which
were 21-7 and finished second in the SEC ... Scored in double figures in
all six of UT's post-season games during his three-year career,
including 34 points and 12 rebounds in UT's NIT win over Ohio University
in 1969, which continues to be a school mark in NIT games ... His 22
free throws made against the Bobcats remains a school record, including
making 18 consecutive ... Led Vols in scoring final two years ... Named
UT most valuable player in 1968-69 season ... Led NCAA in free throw
percentage as a senior ... Academic All-SEC selection in 1968 ... 1969
first-team All-America by the Helms Athletic Foundation ... Two-time
first-team All-SEC ... Knocked down winning free throws in a triple
overtime win at Miss. State for the 1967 SEC title.
VANDERBILT - Jim Henry, Guard, 1957-59
Jim Henry was a two-time first-team all-SEC guard in 1958 and 1959 ...
Led the Commodores in scoring two seasons (1958-20.5 ppg; 1959-18.8 ppg)
... He still ranks as having the fourth best individual scoring night in
Vanderbilt history with 40 points against Suwanee and is 24th on the
all-time school career scoring list with 1,198 points ... He also ranks
among the school's Top 10 in career free throws made and attempted ...
His 17.6 career point per game average is fourth in school history ...
Jim Henry led Vanderbilt in scoring two years, averaging 20.5 points his
senior year and was drafted by Minneapolis upon graduation.