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Jan. 20, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Southeastern Conference released its 2015 Allstate® SEC Basketball Legends today. Former guard Jack Thompson has been selected as South Carolina’s representative for this season.

Featuring former greats from all 14 SEC member institutions, the 2015 Allstate® SEC Basketball Legends will be honored at the men’s basketball tournament, which runs from March 11-15 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Each legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution’s first game at the tournament.

Thompson was an outstanding point guard under legendary head coach Frank McGuire, playing from 1966 to 1968. He scored 686 points and finished his career with a 4.67 assists per game average. He was a two-time ACC All-Tournament Team selection (1967, 68) and was named second-team All-ACC in 1967. He also served as team captain for his final two seasons. Thompson is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and played professionally with the Indiana Pacers in the ABA following his collegiate career. In 1999, he was inducted into the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame.

“The Allstate® 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.

Along with Thompson, the 2015 class includes C.M. Newton, Alabama; Darrell Walker, Arkansas; Chris Porter, Auburn; Eddie Shannon, Florida; Jacky Dorsey, Georgia; Bob Burrow, Kentucky; Ronald Dupree, LSU; B.L. “Country” Graham, Ole Miss; Doug Hutton, Mississippi State; Derrick Chievous, Missouri; Johnny Darden, Tennessee; Sonny Parker, Texas A&M; Bruce Elder, Vanderbilt.

This marks the 17th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.