The first era is from the 1930s when Harry Anderson became the first Tennessee player to earn first team All-America honors. In 1936 he led the Vols to the Southeastern Conference championship, the school's first SEC title in any sport. The Memphis native was one of five players named to the Knoxville Journal's Early Era (1933-63) team at Tennessee.
In the 1960s Bill Justus and Ron Widby earned All-America honors while leading the Vols to the 1967 SEC championship. Widby earned 1967 All-America honors and was named the SEC Player of the Year the same season. Widby is being honored as an SEC Legend at the 2005 SEC Tournament in Atlanta. Justus was a two-time All-America selection while earning All-America honors in 1969.
One of the most popular eras in Tennessee basketball came in the mid-1970s when Ernie Grunfeld and Bernard King joined forces to form the duo ''Ernie & Bernie'' that dominated the Southeastern Conference. A two-time All-America selection, Grunfeld finished his career as Tennessee?s all-time leading scorer with 2,249 career points. King earned first team All-America honors in each of his three seasons at Tennessee and is considered one of the best players ever to play in the SEC.
In the early 1990s Allan Houston established himself as one of the most explosive scorers in SEC history. At the conclusion of his career in 1993 his 2,801 career points were second-most in conference history and 13th all-time in NCAA history. The 1991 SEC Tournament MVP went on to a successful professional career and helped lead the United States to a gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games.