Jimmy England selected to represent UT for SEC Basketball Legends

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

The former players will be honored at the SEC tournament next week at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

A 6-foot-1 guard from Knoxville, 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 college 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 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).

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Jesus1Family2Career3Vols4 writes:

Is there a more deserving nominee than Jimmy England? I can still remember John Ward and the Mississippi Game where the Vols won in Starville in OT. Thats the game where John said (and please remember this has been 40 years ago) at the ending "wrap it in an orange bow." Of course the game had ended and The Vols had one a thrilling SEC road game. JW was all excited and so were those of us listening on the radio. What a great memory with Jimmy England playing guard and a guy named Coach Ray Mears patrolling the sideline. Wow!!! No one Vol is more deserving, good to hear Jimmy is doing well in the big city of Marietta. Does anyone know if that Giant Chicken is still there in Marietta? Its been a few years since I was through there.

How 'bout them Vols? Beat the Gamecocks tonight!!!!

TommyJack writes:

Good choice.

snoopbob87 writes:

Jimmy was often referred too as a "gunner" by John Ward. He would be great as a three point shooter under todays rules.

rockytopatl writes:

in response to Jesus1Family2Career3Vols4:

Is there a more deserving nominee than Jimmy England? I can still remember John Ward and the Mississippi Game where the Vols won in Starville in OT. Thats the game where John said (and please remember this has been 40 years ago) at the ending "wrap it in an orange bow." Of course the game had ended and The Vols had one a thrilling SEC road game. JW was all excited and so were those of us listening on the radio. What a great memory with Jimmy England playing guard and a guy named Coach Ray Mears patrolling the sideline. Wow!!! No one Vol is more deserving, good to hear Jimmy is doing well in the big city of Marietta. Does anyone know if that Giant Chicken is still there in Marietta? Its been a few years since I was through there.

How 'bout them Vols? Beat the Gamecocks tonight!!!!

It's called "the Big Chicken" and it continues to be a Marietta landmark.

England was a great natural shooter. I remember Ward sometimes going nuts about how long some of England's (2-point) jumpers were. "Thirty-footer in the air by England, Bottom! That one was from off campus!"

powtuck writes:

played against Jimmy in high school. He was fantastic. I mostly watched him from the bench during my soph and jr. years. Come to think of it, I watched him also from the court during my senior year. Then just loved watching him all through my college days at UT.

volfaninutah writes:

jimmy also had that turn around jumper from around the free throw line that was just money. Virtually unstoppable.

mercuryvol writes:

I think one year he led the nation in FT % at 98% late in the season. Great player.

Paint_Rock_Vol writes:

While he is remembered for his offense, I can remember that Coach Mears would talk about how England held Pete Maravich to half his average on more than once occasion. I just scanned a website (http://www.petemaravich.com/stats.htm) featuring Pistol Pete's stats, and it looks like his five lowest scoring games of this Soph, Jr, and Sr years were ALL against Tennessee ... not sure if England was responsible for all of those games, but Coach Mears certainly liked to talk about his performances against Maravich!

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

Tobias put up big numbers. Bet he goes to the draft now.

johnlg00 writes:

Jimmy had a truly incredible career, considering how little and scrawny he was! He might have been 6'1" tall but I'll bet he didn't weigh 165 lbs as a senior! I don't know if he could have survived physically in today's game, although he might have been a bit bigger and stronger with today's strength and conditioning methods. The two things he did have in abundance were a smooth, reliable shooting stroke and a desire to have the ball in his hands at the critical moments. He probably would have scored another two or three hundred points if he had played in the 3-point-shot era. A fine honor for one of the all-time great Vols!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Jimmy had a truly incredible career, considering how little and scrawny he was! He might have been 6'1" tall but I'll bet he didn't weigh 165 lbs as a senior! I don't know if he could have survived physically in today's game, although he might have been a bit bigger and stronger with today's strength and conditioning methods. The two things he did have in abundance were a smooth, reliable shooting stroke and a desire to have the ball in his hands at the critical moments. He probably would have scored another two or three hundred points if he had played in the 3-point-shot era. A fine honor for one of the all-time great Vols!

I don't know...I think we could use him and his shooting!LOL

johnlg00 writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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Lofton has a much sturdier body than Jimmy, who was downright scrawny! However, I do agree with others that this year's team could surely use his fine shooting touch. My only concern would be how well he could defend other guards in today's game. Of course, it is always difficult to compare players from different eras. As I said, he might have been a bit bigger and stronger if he had had the benefit of today's strength and conditioning programs. In his era, MOST coaches didn't WANT their players to lift a lot of weights; they thought it tightened up the muscles too much, slowed them down, and harmed their shooting stroke.

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