Ole Miss' Don Kessinger To Be Honored At Conference Tournament

Feb. 25, 2000

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The 2000 class of the Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends, which features former greats from all 12 SEC member institutions, was announced today by Southeastern Conference Commissioner Roy Kramer.

The 12 legends will be honored at the 2000 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament March 9-12 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

"We are again excited about this program and of Chick-fil-A's continuing support of SEC basketball," Kramer said. "Honoring these former standouts gives the conference the opportunity to thank those who helped establish the rich basketball tradition in our conference."

The 2000 class includes Wendall Hudson, Alabama, Tommy Boyer, Arkansas, Gary Redding, Auburn, Neal Walk, Florida, Alec Kessler, Georgia, Cliff Hagan, Kentucky, Rudy Macklin, LSU, Don Kessinger, Ole Miss, Jim Ashmore, Mississippi State, Kevin Joyce, South Carolina, A.W. Davis, Tennessee, and Billy Joe Adcock, Vanderbilt.

Kessinger, who played guard at Ole Miss from 1962-64, was an All-America and three-time All-SEC performer in both basketball and baseball. He scored in double figures 33 consecutive games and his 22.2 points per game remains the fourth highest career scoring average in Rebel history. He currently ranks eighth in career points and fourth in free throw percentage. Opting for a professional baseball career, Kessinger played 15 years in the major leagues and was a six-time National League All-Star with the Chicago Cubs.

Each Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution's first game at the tournament. The legends will also be honored as a group during pregame festivities before the first semifinal game on Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m. ET.

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. Chick-fil-A will be supplying complimentary autograph cards for the legends to sign in the autograph area near the press box stage. FanFare will be open Thursday-Saturday, March 9-11 in Hall D at the Georgia World Congress Center.

This marks the second year of the basketball legends program. Last year's inaugural group included Reggie King, Alabama, Sidney Moncrief, Arkansas, John Mengelt, Auburn, Tony Miller, Florida, Vern Fleming, Georgia, Frank Ramsey, Kentucky, Bob Pettit, LSU, John Stroud, Ole Miss, Bailey Howell, Mississippi State, Alex English, South Carolina, Reggie Johnson, Tennessee, and Clyde Lee, Vanderbilt.

 

 

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