Monday, March 01, 2004
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Featuring former greats from all 12 Southeastern Conference member institutions, the 2004 class of the Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends will be honored at the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament March 11-14 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, announced by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. The University of Alabama will be represented by Derrick McKey.
"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 Slive. "This year's class of legends is the best we have had."
The 2004 class includes Derrick McKey, Alabama; Todd Day, Arkansas; Charles Barkley, Auburn; Gene Shy, Florida; Lavon Mercer, Georgia; Dan Issel, Kentucky; Coach Dale Brown, LSU; Gerald Glass, Ole Miss; Greg Carter, Mississippi State; Brian Winters, South Carolina; Dale Ellis, Tennessee and Perry Wallace, Vanderbilt.
Each Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution's first game at the tournament.
McKey was named All-America and the Southeastern Conference “Player of the Year” in 1987. The Meridian, Mississippi native played center for the Crimson Tide and went on to become a 1st round NBA draft pick and played in the league until he retired last season.
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 11-13 in Hall C-1 of the Georgia World Congress Center, adjacent to the Georgia Dome.
This marks the sixth year of the basketball legends program.
Last year's group included Buck Johnson, Alabama; Lee Mayberry, Arkansas; Bill Alexander, Auburn; Gary Keller, Florida; James Banks, Georgia; Jack Givens, Kentucky; Pete Maravich, LSU; Carlos Clark, Ole Miss; Joe Dan Gold, Mississippi State; Mike Dunleavy, South Carolina; Tom Boerwinkle, Tennessee; and Will Perdue, Vanderbilt.
Biographical sketches of the 2004 honorees follow.
2004 Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends
Derrick McKey, Center
1987 SEC Player of the Year ... 1987 SEC Tournament MVP and two-time All-SEC Tournament (1986-87) ... Helped Alabama to SEC regular season and tournament title in 1987 ... Scored 1,231 career points and shot 58 percent from the floor in his three-year career ... Averaged 12.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in his career ... Led Alabama in scoring in 1987, averaging 18.6 points per game ... McKey helped Alabama to three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and an overall record of 75-24 in three seasons ... Drafted ninth in the first round of the 1987 NBA Draft by Seattle ... Has scored over 10,000 career points in the NBA.
Todd Day, Guard/Forward
Two-time All-America (1991-92) ... Arkansas' all-time leading scorer with 2,395 points ... Helped Razorbacks reach 1990 Final Four and 1992 SEC Championship ... Led team in scoring in 1990 and 1991 ... Also holds school record for shots made and attempted and is second in free throws made and steals ... First round lottery pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1992 NBA Draft ... Spent nine years in the NBA ... Currently back at Arkansas completing requirements to earn his degree.
Charles Barkley, Forward
Set school records in field goal percentage and blocked shots and continues to be ranked among the Tigers' all-time leaders in rebounding and scoring ... Named SEC Player of the Decade for the 1980s by the Birmingham Post-Herald ... Had Auburn jersey retired in March, 2001 ... Was the fifth pick of the 1984 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers ... Made 11 consecutive NBA All-Star game appearances and was recently named one of the NBA's 50 All-time Greatest Players ... Member of two Olympic gold-medal winning basketball teams (1992-96) ... Currently an television analyst for NBA games on TNT.
Gene Shy, Forward
Four year starter for the Gators ... Ranks seventh on the Gators' all-time scoring list with 1,573 points and continues to be in the Top Ten in field goals made and attempted ... Averaged 15.1 points per game during his career ... Averaged double figures in each of his four seasons at Florida ... Served as team captain in 1976, earning All-SEC by AP and UPI ... As a senior, he led the SEC in free throw percentage ... Is currently an attorney in Miami, Fla.
Lavon Mercer, Center
Two-time All-SEC choice ... Finished his career as the SEC's all-time leading shot-blocker and is now third in SEC history with 327 blocks ... Continues to be Georgia's all-time leading shot-blocker and is also in the top 20 in school history in scoring and rebounding ... Co-captain of the 1980 Bulldog squad ... Played 14 professional seasons in Israel and played for the Israeli National Team in the 1992 Olympics ... Currently, he is Director of Athletics at Spelman College in Atlanta.
Dan Issel, Center
Kentucky's all-time leading scorer with 2,138 career points ... Two-time All-America ... Still holds nearly 30 school records, including highest scoring average and career rebounds ... Was a three-time All-SEC selection ... Kentucky was 71-12 during his collegiate career ... Wildcats finished 1970 season ranked #1 in the nation ... Only one of three players to be currently ranked in the top 15 in SEC history in career scoring and rebounding ... As a senior, averaged 33.9 points and 13.2 rebounds per game ... Had successful professional playing career with the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA and the NBA's Denver Nuggets.
Dale Brown, Head Coach
Second winningest coach in SEC history with 448 wins ... Took the Tigers to two Final Fours (1981 & 1986) and four Elite Eights ... LSU became the lowest seeded team in the NCAA Tournament to reach the Final Four when, in 1986, the 11th seeded Tigers advanced to Dallas ... Won four SEC titles (1979, 1981, 1985, 1991) ... Four-time SEC Coach of the Year ... Tigers made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances ... Remains in the top 10 in career SEC Tournament wins (12) ... Known as a master motivator, who got the most from his teams.
Gerald Glass, Forward
OLE MISS (1988-90)
In his two playing seasons at Ole Miss, earned honorable mention All-America honors twice ... Was a two-time unanimous first-team All-SEC selection (1989-90) ... Finished his two-year Ole Miss career with 1,564 points, seventh on the school's all-time list ... His 26.1 point career scoring average is second in Ole Miss history ... In his career, he led Ole Miss in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and steals ... Taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1990 NBA Draft and also played with New Jersey, Charlotte and Detroit ... Inducted into the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Greg Carter, Forward
MISSISSIPPI STATE (1988-91)
Two-time All-SEC selection ... As a senior in 1991, earned first-team All-SEC honors and helped lead the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament in 28 seasons ... Helped lead Bulldogs to first back-to-back post-season performances in school history (1990 NIT) ... Named to the 1991 All-SEC Defensive Team and earned MSU's Babe McCarthy Memorial Award ... Ranked in the school's career top 25 in both points and rebounds ... Served a seven-year stint as an assistant coach at his alma mater (1994-2001) and helped direct the Bulldogs to the 1995 NCAA Sweet 16 and the 1996 NCAA Final Four.
Brian Winters, Guard/Forward
SOUTH CAROLINA (1972-74)
Averaged 13.2 points and shot 50.0 percent from the floor in his three-year Gamecock career ... Had 1,079 career points ... Helped lead Gamecocks to a 68-17 record ... Named All-America in 1974 ... Served as team captain as a senior, leading the Gamecocks with a 20.0 scoring average ... 1972 squad was ranked fifth in the nation in the final AP poll ... Played nine seasons in the NBA, the last eight with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he had his jersey "32" retired ... Was head coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies for two seasons (1996-97).
Dale Ellis, Forward
Two-time All-America selection ... Three-time All-SEC performer ... Two-time SEC Player of the Year (1982-83) ... Helped lead Tennessee to the 1982 SEC Championship ... Currently ranks fifth on UT's all-time scoring list with 2,065 points ... Member of the 1983 SEC All-Tournament Team ... Holds school and SEC single-season record (min. 300 attempts) with a 65.4 field goal shooting percentage in 1982 ... A first round selection by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1983 NBA Draft ... Played 19 seasons in the NBA for nine teams ... Led the NBA in three-point field goal percentage in 1987.
Perry Wallace, Forward
Became the first African-American basketball player in SEC history, when he signed with Vanderbilt in 1966 ... Earned first-team All-SEC honors in 1970 after averaging 13.5 rebounds per game ... Still ranks second in career rebounding at Vandy with an 11.5 per game average ... Also averaged 12.9 points in his career, including a 17.7 average as a senior in 1970 ... This season, had his jersey number "25" retired at Vanderbilt ... He how has a successful law career in Washington, D.C.