He was recognized as the state of Alabama’s Gatorade Player of the Year and “Mr. Basketball” in 1991 averaging 20 points per game and 13 rebounds as a senior. Caffey starred at Davidson High School before earning a scholarship to Alabama. He was a four-year letter winner (1992-95) and three-year starter for the Tide. He was named to the All-SEC Coaches Second Team as a sophomore and senior (1993 & 1995) and once to the Third Team (1994). The burly front court player finished his collegiate career with 1,239 points (10.4 ppg) and 751 rebounds (6.3 rpg) in 119 games including three NCAA appearances (1992, 1994 & 1995) with Alabama.
Selected in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft, 20th overall, Caffey won two consecutive NBA Championships as a member of the Chicago Bulls (1996 & 1997). He started five playoff games as part of the 1997 Championship run. Caffey was traded to the Golden State Warriors midway through the 1997-98 season. Starting 56 of 71 games during 1999-00, he averaged career highs of 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the season. Caffey was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks after the 2000 season and played another three years before retiring. He scored 3,368 points and pulled down 2,022 rebounds in 462 games, finishing with career averages of 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
BamaMag.com spoke to one of Mobile’s finest, Jason Caffey, after the induction ceremony.