Keith Carter Honored As A Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legend

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Former Ole Miss All-American Keith Carter will be featured along with past greats from all 12 Southeastern Conference member institutions, as the 2009 class of the Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends will be honored at the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament March 12-15 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.

After four years wearing the Red and Blue, Carter left Ole Miss with more than just fond memories. The 1999 Associated Press All-America honorable mention team member also left his name firmly placed in the Ole Miss record books. Carter finished his career strong in 1998-99, scoring 542 points and hitting 77 three-point field goals, still the fifth-highest season total in Rebel history. His 1,682 career points ranks sixth all-time, and his 249 three-pointers set a school record at the time and still ranks second in the Rebel records. His success on the court also garnered him All-SEC first team honors and a nomination for the Naismith Player of the Year award in 1999.

Carter played professional basketball in Italy for six years before moving back to Oxford, Miss., last summer. He currently works with Barnes-Pettey Financial Advisors, and this season he joined the Ole Miss Radio Network as a basketball analyst and sideline reporter.

“The Chick-Fil-A SEC Basketball Legends Program allows us to honor our past and show everyone why the SEC is one of the nation's premier basketball conferences,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

The 2009 class also includes Melvin Cheatum, Alabama; Scotty Thurman, Arkansas; Doc Robinson, Auburn; Eugene McDowell, Florida; Shandon Anderson, Georgia; Louie Dampier, Kentucky; Ethan Martin, LSU; Tony Watts, Mississippi State; Grady Wallace, South Carolina; Paul “Lefty” Walther, Tennessee and Phil Cox, Vanderbilt.

“I’m very honored to be among such a great group of former players and to represent Ole Miss,” Carter said. “It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was actually playing against a couple of these guys during college. I definitely feel blessed to be a part of this, knowing how many outstanding players and people have come through the SEC.”

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 FanFare 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 12-15 on the West side of the Forum in the Plaza Lot.

This marks the 11th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.

Past Ole Miss honorees include John Stroud, 1999; Don Kessinger, 2000; Denver Brackeen, 2001; Joe Gibbon, 2002; Carlos Clark, 2003; Gerald Glass, 2004; Coolidge Ball, 2005; Sean Tuohy, 2006; Elston Turner, 2007 and Joe Harvell last year.


 

 

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