The 2008 class includes Leon Marlaire, Alabama; Corliss Williamson, Arkansas; Wesley Person, Auburn; Dan Cross, Florida; Hugh Durham, Georgia; Kyle Macy, Kentucky; Frank Brian, LSU; Joe Harvell, Ole Miss; Wiley Peck, Mississippi State; Ronnie Collins, South Carolina; Bernard King, Tennessee and Barry Goheen, 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 13-15 in the Georgia World Congress Center, adjacent to the Georgia Dome.
This marks the 10th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.
Last year's group included 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. 2008 Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends
ALABAMA - Leon Marlaire, Guard, 1952-56
An All-SEC performer in 1954, Marlaire helped lead Alabama to the 1956 SEC Championship with a perfect 14-0 SEC record. Nicknamed "Alabama's Hardwood Quarterback" and "Mr. Outside" and "Mr. Long Distance" for his shooting, he was a key member, playing point guard, of Alabama's famed "Rocket 8" basketball team that was ranked 5th in the nation in 1956. He scored 833 career points for an average of 9.2 points and averaged 4.6 career rebounds. Marlaire went on to play professionally on the 1956 ADA Oil Team and with the Denver Truckers. He graduated from Alabama in 1956 with a business degree and has been married since 1956 to his wife Vicki, also a University of Alabama graduate. Marlaire founded the Birmingham Tip-Off Club in 1974, an organization that still thrives today with more than 500 members.
ARKANSAS - Corliss Williamson, Forward, 1993-95
A three-time All-SEC selection, Williamson was also an All-American in 1994 and 1995, leading Arkansas to NCAA championship game appearances both seasons with a national title in '94. He averaged 26 points and 10.5 rebounds to earn Final Four MVP honors in 1994. He is eighth on Arkansas' all-time scoring list with 1,728 points, averaging 19 points per game for his career, fifth on the career field goal percentage list at 58.3 percent, ninth with 647 rebounds and sixth with 413 free throws made. A lottery pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, he was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 2002 and won an NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004 before retiring following the 2007 season.
AUBURN - Wesley Person, Guard, 1991-94
Wesley Person 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). Person averaged 22.2 points to lead the SEC in both scoring and in 3-point field goals made in 1993-94. A 1994 NBA first round draft pick, Person finished his 11-year NBA career in 2005 and was named to the Rookie All-NBA second-team in 1994. Wesley (#11) and his brother, Chuck (#45), both had their Auburn jerseys retired Feb. 18, 2006, and both were named to the Tigers' All-Century team in 2006.
FLORIDA - Dan Cross, Guard, 1991-95
A two-time First-Team All-SEC selection (1994 and 1995) and a two-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American (1994 and 1995), Dan Cross helped lead the University of Florida to the school's first Final Four in 1994...He finished his career ninth on UF's all-time scoring list (now 12th) with 1,451 points and in the top five in school history in assists, three-point field goals, steals and games played...Cross was a part of 81 victories at Florida, including a then-school record 29 in 1994...He played in two NITs and two NCAA Tournaments while at Florida.
GEORGIA - Hugh Durham, Head Coach, 1978-1995
Hugh Durham served as the head basketball coach at Georgia from 1978 until 1995. He remains the school's all-time winningest coach with a 297-215 record that included its only SEC Championship in 1990, as well as its only SEC Tournament title in 1983. That same year, the Bulldogs produced the crowning achievement in the program's history, a thrilling ride to the '83 NCAA Final Four. Three times, in 1985, 1987 and again in 1990, Durham was selected SEC Coach of the Year.
KENTUCKY - Kyle Macy, Guard, 1978-80
A two-time All-American, Kyle Macy helped lead the Wildcats to the 1978 NCAA Championship. One of the all-time most popular Wildcats, Macy transferred to Kentucky from Purdue and was forced to sit out the 1977 season due to NCAA transfer rules. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. He ranks sixth on UK's all-time assist list (470) and 19th on UK's all-time scoring list (1,411), however he's noted most for his free throw shooting. Macy still holds the Kentucky record for free-throw shooting percentage at 89 percent (331-372).
LSU - Frank Brian, Forward, 1942-43; 1945-47
Brian was All-SEC as a sophomore in 1943 in basketball and also SEC Champion in track in hurdles, broad jump and the mile relay. After a military stint, Brian again earned All-SEC honors in 1947. He later signed with the Anderson Packers of the NBA and was named the league Rookie of the Year. Brian was named to two NBA all-star teams and ranked in the top six in scoring in the NBA three times in 10 years.
OLE MISS - Joe Harvell, Forward, 1989-93
As a freshman, Harvell earned Freshman All-America honors and he earned All-Southeastern Conference accolades for the next three years as the scoring machine racked up 2,078 career points, which still ranks among the top 20 totals in league history and second on the Ole Miss charts. As a freshman Harvell was the SEC Tournament's leading scorer while helping Ole Miss to the championship game, and in his junior season Harvell topped the SEC with 25.0 points per game, edging LSU's Shaquille O'Neal for the scoring title. Harvell is now the district manager with Dunlap & Kyle Co., overseeing several Gateway Tire stores in the Memphis area.
MISSISSIPPI STATE - Wiley Peck, Forward, 1975-79
Peck was a two-time all SEC performer who ranked 21st on MSU's all-time scoring list (1,136 career points) and third in rebounding (964) entering 2007-08. He stands sixth all time among MSU's career field goal percentage leaders (57.8%) and led the team in FG% during each of his four seasons. Peck topped the SEC in rebounding (11.3 rpg) and FG% (64.4%) during his senior year. He is a three-time recipient of MSU's prestigious Babe McCarthy Memorial Award and served as team co-captain for his final three seasons. He was selected 19th overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.
SOUTH CAROLINA - Ronnie Collins, Forward, 1962-64
Collins led USC in scoring in 1964 and rebounding in 1962. He also led the team in field goal percentage and free throw percentage in 1964. Collins was an All-ACC selection in 1964 and named to the All-ACC All tournament team in 1962. He was # 4 all-time for his season scoring average (23.7) in 1964; was #1 in free throw percentage in 1962 (.88.4%).
TENNESSEE - Bernard King, Forward, 1974-77
Considered one the of best players in Southeastern Conference history, King earned first team All-America honors in each of his three seasons at Tennessee, including consensus All-America honors following his junior campaign in 1977. One of five players selected to the 25-Year All-SEC Team in 1986. Teamed with Ernie Grunfeld to comprise the "Ernie and Bernie Show", King was a three-time SEC Player of the Year. He finished his career ranking second all-time at Tennessee with 1,962 career points and 1,004 rebounds. He led the Southeastern Conference with 25.8 points and 14.4 rebounds per game as a junior and 26.4 points as a freshmen ...King was drafted in the first round (seventh overall selection) by the New Jersey Nets in the 1977 NBA Draft ... He played 14 seasons in the NBA and led the NBA in scoring during the 1985 season when he averaged 32.9 points for the New York Knicks ... King was a two-time first team All-NBA selection (1984 and 1985) and was Comeback Player of the Year in 1981.
VANDERBILT - Barry Goheen, Guard, 1986-89
Barry Goheen is one of the greatest clutch shooters in Southeastern Conference history, hitting six game-winning buzzer beaters in his career. ESPN coined the term "Goheened" to refer to a game decided on the last shot. Goheen ranks as the 10th leading scorer in Vanderbilt history, was first-team all-SEC in 1989, three times was academic all-SEC and played on two NCAA Tournament teams including Vandy's 1988 Sweet 16 team.