BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Featuring former greats from all 12 Southeastern Conference member institutions, the 2007 class of the Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends will be honored at the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament March 8-11 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
"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 2007 class includes Mike Nordholz, Alabama; U.S. Reed, Arkansas; Henry Hart, Auburn; Andrew DeClercq, Florida; Litterial Green, Georgia; Kenny Walker, Kentucky; Collis Temple Jr., LSU; Elston Turner, Ole Miss; Richard Williams, Mississippi State; Zam Fredrick, South Carolina; Allan Houston, Tennessee and Jan van Breda Kolff, 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 8-10 in the Georgia World Congress Center, adjacent to the Georgia Dome.
This marks the ninth year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.
Last year’s group included 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.
2007 Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends
ALABAMA – Mike Nordholz, Guard, 1966-68Nordholz continues to hold the Alabama school record scoring 50 points against Southern Miss during his junior season in 1967 … Nordholz lettered three seasons at Alabama (1966-68) and led Alabama in scoring his junior and senior seasons, averaging 21.0 points in 1967 and 20.1 points in 1968 … He shot better than 50 percent from the field during the 1967-68 seasons … In three seasons, Nordholz scored 1,394 career points at Alabama, which ranks him 17th all-time at the Capstone … His 19.9 career scoring average, ranks him 2nd all-time in career scoring at Alabama.
ARKANSAS – U.S. Reed, Guard, 1978-81A two-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) all-district selection, U.S. Reed was a fifth-round NBA Draft choice of the Kansas City Kings in 1981 … He led the team with a .557 field goal percentage in 1980, in free throw shooting in 1980 and ’81, in steals in 1980 and in blocked shots in 1979 … For his career, Reed shot 53.7 percent from the field and 73.5 percent at the line … Reed is 20th on Arkansas’ all-time scoring list with 1,260 points after averaging 10.3 points for his career, including 14.0 in 1980 and 13.0 in 1981 … He played on four NCAA Tournament teams, including the 1978 Final Four squad, the 1979 Elite Eight team and the 1981 Sweet 16 team … The Razorbacks were 102-25 during Reed’s four seasons … His half court heave with one second left gave the Razorbacks a 74-73 victory over defending national champion Louisville in the second round of the 1981 NCAA Tournament.
AUBURN – Henry Hart, Guard, 1956-57, 58-60Hart was considered one of the best all around players in the SEC during his days on the Plains … He led Auburn’s 1959-60 teams that amassed a 30 game winning streak over two seasons … Hart was named to the All SEC Team in 1959 and 1960 and helped lead his 1960 Tigers to Auburn’s first SEC Basketball Championship, averaging 15.5 points per game … In addition, Hart was named to the Helms Foundation All-American Team in 1960 and was an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American in the same year … Hart was the first Auburn player to be drafted by the NBA when he was taken by the New York Knicks.
FLORIDA – Andrew DeClercq, Forward, 1992-95A four-year starter for the University of Florida from the 1991-92 to 1994-95 seasons, DeClercq was a key member of UF’s first Final Four team in 1994 … DeClercq earned All-SEC honors in all four of his years, getting Freshman Honors in 1992, Second Team (AP and Coaches in 1993), Third Team honors in 1992 (AP & Coaches) and he was a First Team selection by the league coaches and Third Team by the AP his senior year … He played in 128 games in his four years, which was the school record at time of his graduation…He finished his career with 1,309 points and a career average of 7.5 rebounds per game…Drafted in the Second Round by the Golden State Warriors in 1995, he recently concluded a successful NBA career that saw him play for the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic.
GEORGIA – Litterial Green,Guard, 1989-92Green played four seasons for the Bulldogs from 1989-92 … He became the school’s all-time scoring leader during his senior season, and also set the UGA record for career assists, a mark that has since been surpassed … A three-time All-SEC selection, Green remains the only player in UGA history to score over 2,000 career points … He averaged more than 15 points in each of his four seasons at Georgia, finishing his career with an 18.2 scoring average per game … A second-round pick by Chicago in the 1992 NBA Draft, he played for four different professional teams before his retirement from basketball in 1999.
KENTUCKY – Kenny Walker, Forward, 1983-86“Sky” Walker was a two-time All-American while playing at Kentucky from 1983-86, including first-team consensus All-America honors his senior year in 1986 … A four-time All-SEC performer, Walker is the second leading scorer in Kentucky basketball history … He was named SEC Player of the Year in 1985-97. One of three Wildcats to ever reach the 2,000 point plateau, he helped lead Kentucky to the 1984 Final Four, an Elite Eight appearance, a Sweet 16 appearance and three SEC Championships during his tenure … He was drafted in the first round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks.
LSU – Collis Temple Jr., Forward/Center, 1972-74Temple was the first African-American basketball player at LSU … Two of his sons, Collis Temple III and present player Garrett Temple have followed him to LSU … Temple was an All-SEC selection and Academic SEC Honor Roll member in 1974 … He played for both Press Maravich and Dale Brown at LSU … Temple led LSU twice in rebounding, including a double figure total of 10.5 in 1974 … In 1975, had his career best scoring average of 15.0 points per game … Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 1974 NBA Draft.
OLE MISS – Elston Turner, Forward, 1978-81Turner captained the Rebels to their first ever SEC Tournament Championship and the program’s NCAA Tournament debut in 1981 … He garnered All-SEC honors his final two seasons and was a unanimous first-team choice as a senior, when he was second in the SEC in scoring with a 20.6-point average … Turner still ranks second all-time at Ole Miss in rebounds (828) and fourth in points (1,805) … Turner was selected by Dallas in the second round of the 1981 NBA Draft and played eight seasons in all – three with Dallas, three with Denver and two in Chicago … He later entered the NBA coaching ranks and enjoyed a six-year stint as an assistant with the Sacramento Kings.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Richard Williams, Head Coach, 1986-98Williams spent 12 seasons as the head coach at Mississippi State compiling a 191-163 record (54.0 percentage) … He is the all-time winningest basketball coach in MSU history … Williams coached the Bulldogs to three NCAA Tournament appearances, making the Final Four in 1996 … Also led the Bulldogs to two NIT appearances … The 1991 Bulldogs claimed the first SEC basketball title in school history … The Bulldogs also won the SEC Western Division title in 1995 and 1996 and won the school’s first SEC Basketball Tournament championship in 1996 … He was two-time SEC Coach of the Year (1991, 1995) … Was also an assistant coach (1984-86) and a 1967 graduate of Mississippi State.
SOUTH CAROLINA – Zam Fredrick, Forward, 1978-81Fredrick was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 2002 … He led the nation in scoring during the 1980-81 season, averaging 28.9 points per game … He scored 1,383 career points as a Gamecock … Fredrick ranks 14th all-time in USC record books with a career average of 13.7 ppg … First-team All-America in 1981 … He is currently the head basketball coach at Calhoun County High School where he has won a number of state titles … Son, Zam Fredrick II, currently redshirting this season on the South Carolina basketball squad and will have two years to play beginning in 2007-08.
TENNESSEE – Allan Houston, Guard, 1990-93Two-time second team All-America selection … Finished his career as Tennessee’s all-time leading scorer with 2,801 career points … Ranked 13th in NCAA history in scoring at the conclusion of his career … His 346 career 3-pointers led the SEC and ranked sixth all-time in the NCAA … Led the SEC in scoring with 22.3 points in 1993 … Became only the fourth SEC player in SEC history to score 2,000 points in three seasons … Joined Ernie Grunfeld as UT’s only players to be four-time first team All-SEC selections … Named MVP of the 1991 SEC Tournament … Selected to the ESPN Silver Anniversary All-SEC Team in 2004 … A member of the United State’s gold medal winning team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia … First round draft pick (11th selection overall) of the Detroit Pistons in 1993 … As a member of the New York Knicks in 2000, he was named to the NBA All-Star team.
VANDERBILT – Jan van Breda Kolff, Guard, 1972-74Van Breda Kolff was the SEC Player of the Year in 1974 after leading the Commodores to the SEC Championship with a 23-5 mark … Averaged 10.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game during the 1974 season … He still holds the Vanderbilt school record for assists per game … van Breda Kolff went on to play professionally for eight years and then enjoyed a coaching career that spanned both the college and professional ranks … He served as head coach at his alma mater for six seasons, leading the Commodores to three NIT and one NCAA Tournament … Vanderbilt reached the NIT Final Four in 1994.