Ex-Vol England honored

Ex-Vol England honored

The 2011 class of Southeastern Conference Basketball Legends was announced by the league office, and the list of 12 former greats includes former Tennessee standout Jimmy England (1969-71).

The 2011 Legends will be honored at the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament March 10-13 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. Each Legend will be recognized during halftime of his institution's first game at the tournament. This marks the 13th year of the SEC Legends program.

A 6-1 guard from Knoxville, Tenn., England was a two-time first-team All-SEC performer and also was named a first-team 1971 Helms Athletic Foundation All-America selection after averaging 20.6 points per game.

Known by the nickname "Mr. Clutch," he finished his Big Orange career ranked third on UT's all-time scoring list with 1,407 career points. He was Tennessee's top scorer, free-throw shooter and assists man as both a junior and senior.

After making the SEC All-Sophomore Team in 1968-69, England led the entire SEC in free-throw percentage in 1969-70 (.897) and assists in 1970-71 (5.4 apg). He served as a team captain as a senior in 1970-71 and helped lead the Vols to a 21-7 record and a second-place SEC finish.

The Chicago Bulls selected England in the sixth round of the 1971 NBA Draft. He is currently a business owner living in Marietta, Ga.

Joining England in the 2011 class of SEC Legends are: Robert Horry (Alabama), George Kok (Arkansas), Jimmy Fibbe (Auburn), Craig Brown (Florida), Walter Daniels (Georgia), Kevin Grevey (Kentucky), Howard Carter (LSU), Bob Weltlich (Ole Miss), Darryl Wilson (Mississippi State), B.J. McKie (South Carolina) and Jeff Turner (Vanderbilt).

Below is a complete list of Tennessee's SEC Men's Basketball Legends throughout the years:

1999 – Reggie Johnson

2000 – A.W. Davis

2001 – Ernie Grunfeld

2002 – Tony White

2003 – Tom Boerwinkle

2004 – Dale Ellis

2005 – Ron Widby

2006 – Bill Justus

2007 – Allan Houston

2008 – Bernard King

2009 – Paul "Lefty" Walther"

2010 – Don DeVoe

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