AU Names Men's Basketball All-Century Team

Auburn, Ala.--In culmination of Auburn's basketball centennial season, the Tigers have named their 15-player All-Century team that spans seven decades of Tiger basketball. A five-member honorable mention team was also selected.

Alphabetically, Auburn's All-Century team consists of Charles Barkley (1981-84), Marquis Daniels (1999-2003), Lee DeFore (1964-67), Rex Frederick (1957-59), Henry Hart (1957-60), Shag Hawkins (1940-42), Eddie Johnson (1973-76), John Mengelt (1969-71), Mike Mitchell (1975-78), Chris Morris (1984-88), Chuck Person (1983-86), Wesley Person (1990-94), Chris Porter (1998-2000), Doc Robinson (1996-2000) and Jack Stewart (1930-32).

The honorable mention selections include Jimmy Fibbe (1959-61), Frank Ford (1984-87), Henry Harris (1970-72), Layton Johns (1960-63) and Jeff Moore (1985-88).

Barkley had his No. 34 Auburn jersey retired Mar. 3, 2001, and was a second-team All-America selection as a junior in 1983-84 and was the AP and UPI SEC Player of the Year. The Leeds, Ala., native was a three-time All-SEC pick and the 1984 SEC Tournament MVP, led the SEC in rebounding three-straight years and still holds the Auburn career field goal pct. record (.626). Barkley was the fifth pick overall in the 1984 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and is a one of the NBA's All-Time 50 Greatest Players. He won two Gold Medals with the United States in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics.

Daniels was a two-time All-SEC selection and was the SEC's Player of the Year in 2003. He was on the 2003 All-NCAA East Regional team averaging 23.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in three NCAA Tournament games. He totaled 27 points and nine rebounds in Auburn's near-upset of eventual National Champion Syracuse (79-78) in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The Orlando, Fla., native earned his degree in three-and-a-half years. He is ninth on Auburn's all-time scoring chart with 1,530 points.

Marquis Daniels was one of the most versatile players in Auburn history.

DeFore left as Auburn's all-time leading scorer, was the first Tiger to join the 1,000-point club and was selected as an All-American in 1965-66, averaging 23.7 points and 9.5 rebounds. The Atlanta, Ga., native led the SEC in scoring as a senior in 1965-66 and set nine Auburn scoring records.

Frederick, who had his No. 32 Auburn jersey retired Mar. 4, 2006, was an All-America second-team selection and was a three-time All-SEC pick. The Birmingham, Ala., native left as the Tigers' all-time leading scorer (937 points) and rebounder (904 rebounds). He still holds the school's all-time rebound average record (14.3) and his 27 rebounds vs. SMU in 1957 remains a single-game Auburn record.

Hart was a second-team All-America selection as a senior on Auburn's 1960 SEC Championship team, the first in Tiger history, after averaging 15.5 points. The Eufaula, Ala., native was a two-time All-SEC selection in 1958 and 1959 and held the Auburn record for most free throws made in an SEC game (16 vs. Alabama in 1959).

Hawkins was Auburn's first scholarship player as Coca-Cola put a vending machine in the old Alumni Gym where drinks were sold for five cents, and the proceeds would go to Hawkins as his basketball scholarship. He was the first Tiger to be named All-SEC Tournament as he was a first-team selection in 1942 as he helped lead the team to wins over Vanderbilt and Tulane before falling to eventual champion Kentucky in the semifinals. The Bagley, Ala., native was the first Auburn player to lead the SEC in scoring as he averaged 15.3 points in 1940-41 as a junior.

Johnson is one of only two players (Mike Mitchell) to be named a four-time All-SEC selection in Auburn history, including a first-team pick three years. The Weirsdale, Fla., native left as both Auburn's all-time leading scorer (1,988 points) and assists (499). He averaged 19.5 points in his career, currently third-best all-time, including 21.8 points as a freshman and 20.9 points as a sophomore.

Mengelt had his No. 15 Auburn jersey retired Jan. 6, 2001, and was a two-time All-America selection in 1969 and 1970. A three-time All-SEC pickn, he left as Auburn's all-time scoring leader with 1,920 points in three seasons and is currently fifth. The Elwood, Ind., native still holds the Tiger all-time scoring average record (24.8), career free throws made (496) and attempted (619), and most points in a single game (60 vs. Alabama on Feb. 14, 1970.

Mitchell was a four-time All-SEC selection, including a first-team pick three years. A second-team All-American in 1978 averaging 24.9 points and 8.9 rebounds, Mitchell still holds the Auburn career record with 996 rebounds. He left as the all-time leading scorer with 2,123 points and is currently second. The Atlanta, Ga., native is also ranked second on Auburn's all-time list in field goals made (926), field goals attempted (1830) and all-time scoring average (20.4). He averaged 18.4 points and 11.4 rebounds as a freshman in 1974-75. He was a first round draft pick by the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers in 1978.

Morris was a two-time All-SEC selection in 1987 and 1988, including a consensus first-team pick in 1988. The Atlanta, Ga., native is seventh on Auburn's all-time scoring chart with 1,717 points and sixth with 860 rebounds. He averaged 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds as a senior in 1987-88 and left as the school's all-time leader in steals with 189. He was drafted fourth overall in the 1988 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets.

Chuck Person, who had his No. 45 Auburn jersey retired Feb. 18, 2006, was a two-time All-American in 1985 and 1986 and a three-time first-team All-SEC selection. "The Rifleman" is Auburn's all-time scoring leader with 2,311 points (without the 3-point shot). The Brantley, Ala., native led the Tigers to their greatest run in the NCAA Tournament by reaching the Elite Eight in 1986 with wins over Arizona, No. 1 seeded St. John's and fourth-seeded UNLV before falling to eventual National Champion Louisville. Still the holder of five Auburn records, Chuck led the Tigers as they became the first team to win four games in four days to claim the 1985 SEC Tournament championship, garnering tournament MVP honors. After playing in Auburn's first three NCAA Tournaments in history, including Elite Eight and Sweet 16 appearances, Chuck was the fourth pick overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers and went on to earn the Rookie-of-the-Year award.

Wesley Person had an impressive NBA career following his time at Auburn.

Wesley Person, who had his No. 11 Auburn jersey retired Feb. 18, 2006, was an Associated Press All-American in 1994, a three-time All-SEC selection and is third on the Tigers' all-time scoring chart with 2,066 points. The Brantley, Ala., native is Auburn's all-time leader in 3-pointers made (262) and 3-point percentage (.441, 262-of-594). Wesley averaged 22.2 points to lead the SEC in both scoring and in 3-point field goals made in 1993-94 and averaged 18.8 points in 1993, 19.9 points in 1992 and 15.4 points as a freshman in 1991. A 1994 NBA first round draft pick by the Phoenix Suns, Person just finished his 11-year NBA career last year. He was named to the Rookie All-NBA second-team in 1994.

Porter was the SEC Player of the Year in 1999 as he helped lead Auburn to the SEC Championship with a 29-4 record (state of Alabama record for wins) and the school's only No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed. One of only two first-team All-Americans in Auburn history, he was named to the John Wooden Award, Basketball Times and College Hoops Insider All-American first-teams in 1999. The Abbeville, Ala., native was a two-time All-SEC pick and was a two-time Wooden Award finalist for National Player of the Year. He averaged 16.0 points and 8.6 rebounds as a junior in 1998-99, including a near double-double of 17.2 points and 9.5 rebounds in SEC games.

Robinson was a first-team All-America selection by College Hoops Insider and AP honorable mention All-American in 1999 in helping lead the Tigers to the SEC Championship and a 29-4 record. The Selma, Ala., native was a two-time All-SEC first-team selection in 1999 and 2000 and finished third on Auburn's career assist list with 568. He was a member of the all-time winningest senior class in Auburn history with 85 wins.

Stewart was named Auburn's first All-American in 1932 by College Humor magazine as he was a second-team selection as the University was then called the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Purdue's John Wooden was a first-team All-American that season. The Anniston, Ala., native was roommates with Ralph Jordan and close friends on campus with Jeff Beard and Joel Eaves and Wilbur Hutsell was his track coach. Each of them are some of the most honored and respected men in Auburn history.


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