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).