BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- Auburn University at Montgomery men's basketball assistant coach Jack Waters has been selected one of 12 former greats from Southeastern Conference member institutions as a 2012 AllstateŽ SEC Basketball Legend. Waters and the entire class will be honored at the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament March 8-11 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.
Joining Waters, a letterwinner at Ole Miss from 1959-61, in the 2012 class are Jack Kubiszyn, Alabama; Nolan Richardson, Arkansas; Chris Morris, Auburn; Mike Miller, Florida; Willie Anderson, Georgia; Adrian "Odie" Smith, Kentucky; Chuck Evans, Mississippi State; Henry Martin, South Carolina; Gene Tormohlen, Tennessee; and Drew Maddux, Vanderbilt.
"I am tickled to death to be honored for something that I was able to accomplish during my younger years," Waters said. "Basketball has always been a passion of mine. I am honored to be recognized with the other recipients of this prestigious award and will cherish the event with my family."
A second-team All-America pick and three-time first-team All-SEC selection, Waters scored 1,384 points in three years with the Ole Miss Rebels, while averaging 19.5 points, including 20.4 points his senior season. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Waters ranked first in career scoring average and second in career points at Ole Miss. He set three Ole Miss sophomore scoring records with 446 points in 24 games, averaging 18.6 points and ranking third in the SEC in scoring that season.
Inducted into the Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990, Waters was selected to the Ole Miss All-Century team in 2009. Waters, who played one season with the NBA Cincinnati Royals, enjoyed a 45-year coaching career, which saw him work at almost every level, including head coaching positions at Georgia State and Delta State.
Each SEC Basketball Legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution's first game at the tournament.
Highlighting the schedule of events at the Sunkist Soda SEC FanFare will be appearances by selected legends. FanFare will be open Thursday-Saturday, March 8-10.
"The AllstateŽ 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 in a release by the conference.
This marks the 14th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.