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Tennessee Basketball Announces All-Century Team

Photos of the All-Century Team

The University of Tennessee basketball program today announced the 20-man All-Century Team which will be honored as part of the "100 Year Celebration and Alumni Reception." The official announcement ended a season long celebration that also relived the "Greatest Shots" in Tennessee basketball history.

"The history of Tennessee basketball is full of student-athletes and coaches who helped shape what we know today," said Bruce Pearl, men's head basketball coach. "I think this group of men that have been selected to the All-Century Team really do characterize a century of great Tennessee basketball. On behalf of all those men I have followed as a coach let me say how proud we are and that it is great to be a Tennessee Vol."

Fans had the opportunity to vote for their favorite players all season and the top 10 vote-getters were automatic selections to the team.

An All-Century Team Selection Committee was formed to further deliberate on the additional members of the All-Century team. The Committee's deliberation took the fan vote into consideration, along with career statistics, player and team accomplishments, and the respective eras of Tennessee basketball. The 20-man All-Century team is listed below.

The All-Century Team will be honored during halftime of Tennessee's match-up against Vanderbilt tomorrow. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.

Inside the Numbers of the All-Century Team . . .

During halftime of this afternoon's game, Tennessee will honor its All-Century Team. Here are some interesting facts and figures that relate to this elite collection of former Vol greats:

  • Tennessee racked up 891 total wins during the respective careers of the 20 All-Century Team members (more than 62 percent of the program s all-time victories).
  • The 20 men represented on the All-Century Team combined to account for 31,482 total points while wearing the Orange & White, and they also combined to average 16.5 points per game during their respective collegiate careers.
  • Members of the All-Century Team had a hand in bringing six Southeastern Conference regular-season championships, three SEC Eastern Division crowns and two SEC Tournament titles to Rocky Top.
  • Two Academic All-America honorees (Billy Justus and Mike Edwards) are represented on the All-Century Team, and the All-Century Team combined to garner five Academic All-SEC certificates.
  • The 20 members of the All-Century team played a role in 34 Tennessee wins over Kentucky and 62 victories over Vanderbilt.
  • The tenures of nine different UT head coaches are represented on the All-Century Team, with Ray Mears having coached the most All-Century honorees (6). Other coaches who roamed the Tennessee sideline during the career of at least one All-Century Team member are Emmett Lowery (4), Buzz Peterson (4), Don DeVoe (3), Bruce Pearl (3), John Mauer (2), Jerry Green (1), Wade Houston (1) and Cliff Wettig (1).
  • 75 total seasons of NBA or ABA playing experience are represented on the All-Century Team.

ALL-CENTURY TEAM

Chris Lofton
#5 • G • 6-2 • 197 • Maysville, Ky. (Mason County HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
2004-08128-128385930.1690-1520.454431-1021.422320-380.8424273.3196-122016812193213116.6
 
C.J. Watson
#32 • G • 6-2 • 170 • Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
2004-08119-118405834.1429-994.432165-417.396401-516.7774383.7260-457731714198142412.0
 
Dane Bradshaw
#23 • G • 6-4 • 205 • Memphis, Tenn. (White Station HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
2004-07124-78274122.1209-539.38852-193.269126-221.5704333.5285-2386180341625964.8
 
Ron Slay
#35 • F • 6-8 • 240 • Nashville, Tenn. (Pearl-Cohn HS/Oak Hill Academy)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1999-2003109-48265424.3543-1095.49681-219.370402-532.7566395.9291-101402622053156914.4
 
Allan Houston
#20 • G • 6-6 • 200 • Louisville, Ky. (Ballard HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1989-93128-128460636.0902-1961.460346-817.424651-767.8495174.0274-346040750133280121.9
 
Dyron Nix
#31 • F • 6-7 • 210 • Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. (Ft. Walton HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1985-89113-97374133.1713-1385.51539-112.348412-583.7079448.4305-10101268142138187716.6
 
Tony White
#11 • G • 6-2 • 170 • Charlotte, N.C (Independence HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1983-87127-99403431.8846-1704.49628-68.412499-594.8402852.2311-14245279594221917.5
 
Dale Ellis
#14 • F • 6-7 • 205 • Marietta, Ga. (Marietta HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1979-83118-96394333.4832-1399.595----401-524.7656795.8321-1210925232154206517.5
 
Reggie Johnson
#32 • F • 6-9 • 210 • Ellenwood, Ga. (Cedar Grove HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1976-80115-271904--864-1489.580----375-513.7319208.0411-2211021311960210318.3
 
Bernard King
#53 • F • 6-7 • 205 • Brooklyn, N.Y. (Fort Hamilton HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1974-7776------811-1374.590----340-473.719100413.2279-14161------196225.8
 
Ernie Grunfeld
#22 • F • 6-6 • 215 • Forest Hills, N.Y. (Forest Hills HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1973-77101------867-1712.506----515-653.7896646.6302-10246------224922.3
 
Mike Edwards
#25 • G • 6-2 • 180 • Greenfield, Ind. (Greenfield HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1970-7377------572-1265.452----199-244.8162763.6194-472------134317.4
 
Bill Justus
#42 • G • 6-1 • 175 • Knoxville, Tenn. (Fulton HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1966-6982------449-1015.442----338-398.8494185.1157-149------123615.1
 
Ron Widby
#53 • F • 6-4 • 209 • Knoxville, Tenn. (Fulton HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1964-6779------612-1356.451----208-259.8036608.4196-0--------143218.1
 
A.W. Davis
#20 • F • 6-7 • 185 • Rutledge, Tenn. (Rutledge HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1962-6571------447-975.458----331-411.8055748.1174-8--------122517.3
 
Gene Tormohlen
#54 • C • 6-8 • 215 • Holland, Ind. (Holland HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1956-5966------392-954.411----236-385.613111316.9252-6--------102015.5
 
Herman Thompson
#15 • G • 5-11 • 160 • Alcoa, Tenn. (Alcoa HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1953-5790------495-1278.387----329-483.6813944.4235----------131914.7
 
Carl Widseth
#21 • C • 6-3 • 180 • Minneapolis, Minn. (Davenport HS)
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1952-5688------531-1262.421----621-848.73293710.6150----------168319.1
 
Paul "Lefty" Walther
#14 • F • 6-2 • 155 • Covington, Ky.
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1944-4951------294-801.367----208-301.691----160----------79615.6
 
Bernie Mehen
YearGP-GSMinAvgFG-APct3FG-APctFT-APctRebsAvgPF-FOAstTOBlkStlPtsAvg
1939-4244-44----172-5100.337----72-990.727----66-0--------4329.8
Stats for Mr. Mehen are incomplete. Stats from 1939-40 are not available.
 
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