Eddie Phillips Gets SEC Legends Honor

Once upon a time, highly skilled basketball players came out of Birmingham, and C.M. Newton rebuilt the Crimson Tide using those players. When Newton retired and was replaced by Wimp Sanderson as head coach, one of the things he inherited with the job was two-year starter Eddie Phillips, one of those Birmingham natives.

Eddie Phillips would play two more years for Alabama under Wimp Sanderson, and his four-year career is among the best in Crimson Tide history. He was a four-year starter, averaging 14.5 points per game as a freshman in 1979, 16.7 in 1980; 17.0 in 1981; and 15.5 in 1982.

Phillips has been selected to be the Bama representative at this year's Allstate® Southeastern Conference Basketball Legends. Phillips, along with the entire class, will be honored at the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament March 12-16 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Phillips is Alabama's second all-time leading scorer with 1,937 points and ranks fifth with 1,129 rebounds.

One of only six players in school history to record more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in his Alabama career, he was honorable mention All-America in 1982, becoming Alabama's first All-America honoree in the 1980s. Phillips was a key component of Sanderson's 1982 Tide team that won the SEC Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16, finishing the season ranked No. 13 in the nation.

He earned All-SEC in each of his final three seasons at The Capstone. Following his collegiate career he was taken with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 1982 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets.

Phillips will be recognized at halftime of the Tide's first game at the tournament.

In addition to Phillips, the 2014 SEC Legends includes: Clint McDaniel, Arkansas; Gerald White, Auburn; Greg Stolt, Florida; D.A. Layne, Georgia; Tony Delk, Kentucky; Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (Chris Jackson), LSU; Ansu Sesay, Ole Miss; Erick Dampier, Mississippi State; John Brown, Missouri; Gary Gregor, South Carolina; Dr. Ed Wiener, Tennessee; Dr. John Thornton, Texas A&M; Matt Freije, Vanderbilt.

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