Tennessee Basketball All-Americas
Center, 6-3, 200
Tennessee's first All-American selection, earning second team honors by Converse ... 1936 first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors selection ... Named to the 1936 SEC All-Tournament team ... Led the Vols to their first Southeastern Conference championship in any sport with a 1936 SEC Tournament title ... Also led the Vols to the championship game of the 1935 SEC Tournament ... Averaged 14 points per game ... Team captain for three seasons ... One of five players named to the Knoxville Journal's Early Era (1933-63) team at the University of Tennessee ... Attended UT on a track scholarship ... Was the high point person at the 1936 SEC track meet ... SEC champion in the 100-yard dash and the broad jump in 1936 while also posting top-four finishes in the high jump and the 22-yard dash ... Inducted to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 ... Passed away June 21, 1996.
Nicknamed "Houdini" for his proficiency as a ball-handler, earned All-American honors in 1940 ... Led the Vols to the 1941 Southeastern Conference championship with a 36-33 win over Kentucky in the finals of the SEC Tournament ... One of five players named to the Knoxville Journal's Early Era (1933-63) team at the University of Tennessee ... Earned first-team All-SEC honors in 1940 ... 1942 team captain ... Younger brother, Dick, was a two-time All-SEC selection at Tennessee (1942 and 1943) and was a 1942 All-America selection ... An all-state selection at Wheeling High School, he led his teams to state championships in 1936 and 1938 ... Passed away May 11, 2007, in Sylvania, Ohio.
New Castle, Ind.
As a senior, he led the Vols to the 1941 SEC Championship with a 36-33 win over top-seeded Kentucky in the finals of the conference tourney at Louisville, Ky., on his way to earning All-American recognition ... First-team All-Southeastern Conference honors pick in 1939 and 1941 ... 1940 team captain ... Led the Vols to a 45-16 record in his three seasons at UT ... A member of the South East Conference All-Stars in 1940 and 1941 ... Coached the UT freshman squad in 1942 before joining the Navy in 1943 ... Participated in an amphibious attack on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944 ... Two brothers also earned All-American honors at Indiana ... Vern Huffman was a 1936 All-American and Marv was tabbed in 1940 ... Passed away March 20, 2002, in Destin, Fla.
Forward, 6-5, 195
Named to Pic Magazine's second-team All-American squad in 1942 ... Two-time (1942 & 1943) first-team All-SEC selection ... Helped lead the Vols to a 14-4 overall record and an SEC Championship in 1943 ... Named SEC sophomore of the year in 1942 ... Led the SEC in scoring during the regular season and in the SEC Tournament in 1943 ... Career was interrupted by service in the Air Force in World War II ... Played professionally for five seasons following his UT career ... While playing for Waterloo in 1950, averaged 14.4 points in 1950 while ranking second in the NBA with a 42 percent field-goal percentage ... Older brother, Bernie, was an All-America and All-SEC selection at Tennessee in 1940 ... Passed away Dec. 14, 1986, in North Olmsted, Ohio.
Garland "Mule" O'Shields
Guard, 6-1, 195
Garland "Mule" O'Shields
Listed as a third-team All-American in 1946 by the Helms Athletic Foundation ... Also earned first-team All-SEC honors in 1945 ... Two-time team captain, earning the honor in 1945 and 1946 ... Attended Spartanburg Junior College before enrolling at UT ... Played two pro seasons for Chicago and Syracuse ... Passed away Jan. 17, 2001.
Paul "Lefty" Walther
Forward, 6-2, 155
Paul "Lefty" Walther
1945 first-team All-American by Don Dunphy and also earned second-team All-America honors in 1949 by The Sporting News ... A showman on the court who was a three-time first-team All-SEC selection (1945, 1948, 1949) ... Helped lead the Vols to the 1945 SEC Championship with an 18-5 overall record and an 8-2 mark in league play ... Captained the 1949 team that went 19-7 and finished third in the SEC ... The left-handed sharpshooter was named to the 1945 All-Madison Square Garden Team after displaying skills against Rhode Island in the National Invitation Tournament ... Nicknamed "Lefty," he led the Vols in scoring as a junior and senior with 334 and 462 points, respectively ... Played six seasons in the NBA with Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Fort Wayne ... Named an SEC Legend in 2009 ... Passed away Dec. 21, 2014, in Atlanta.
Forward, 6-3, 185
Earned All-American honors from Converse in 1954 and 1955 ... Earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors honors as a senior in 1955 after earning second-team honors in 1954 ... Led UT in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore in 1953 ... Became the third player in school history to reach the 1,000 career scoring mark, finishing with 1,212 career points ... Helped lead the U.S. team to gold at the 1953 Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel ... Did not play high school basketball ... Played in the 1955 East-West All-Star Game in Kansas City ... Played on the college All-Star team that toured with the Harlem Globetrotters in 1955 ... Selected in the fourth round of the 1955 NBA Draft by Philadelphia ... Named an SEC Legend in 2014 ... Is currently a practicing dentist in Memphis.
Center, 6-8, 215
1959 Converse second-team All-American ... Two-time consensus first-team All-SEC selection (1958 and 1959) ... Holds virtually all Tennessee rebounding records, including season total (384 in 1958), season average (17.7 rpg in 1959), career total (1113) and career average (16.9 rpg) ... Gained the nickname "Bumper" for his rebounding proficiency ... Considered as UT's first accomplished big man ... Led UT in scoring two seasons and finished his career with 1,020 points ... Drafted in the second round of the 1959 NBA Draft by Syracuse ... After playing nine seasons professionally, he spent 12 years as an assistant coach in the NBA ... Also a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Guard, 6-0, 165
1964 Converse second team All-America ... The first All-America selection under Ray Mears ... The point guard was a two-time (1963 and 1964) first team All- Southeastern Conference selection ... Led the Southeastern Conference in free throw percentage in 1963 (87.3 percent) and 1964 (89.4 percent) ... Holds the Tennessee record for consecutive free throws made with 39 ... Named the team's most valuable player in 1964 ... Led UT in scoring as a junior and senior after transferring from Hiwassee College ... Averaged 15.9 points as a junior and 18.3 as a senior ... Drafted in the eighth round of the 1964 NBA Draft by Baltimore.
Center, 6-7, 185
1965 Helms Athletic Foundation and Basketball Writers Association of America first-team All-American ... Two-time (1964 and 1965) first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors selection ... Captained the 1964-65 Vols that went 20-5 and finished second in the SEC ... Earned the nicknames "The Rutledge Rifle" and "The Man with the Golden Arm" ... With his height, long arms and feathery touch, his shot was almost impossible to defend ... Averaged 19.6 points as a senior in 1965 ... Team MVP in 1965 ... Finished his career with 1,225 career points, which ranked third on UT's scoring lists at the time ... Drafted by Los Angeles in the fifth round of the 1965 NBA Draft ... After his playing days, he spent six seasons as an assistant coach on Ray Mears' staff ... Helped direct the Vols to the 1972 SEC Championship ... Passed away Sept. 23, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn.
Austin "Red" Robbins
Center, 6-9, 200
Austin "Red" Robbins
1966 Helms Athletic Foundation first-team All-American ... Earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors honors from the league's coaches in 1966 ... Averaged 17.1 points and 12.6 rebounds as a senior in 1966 ... Once grabbed 23 rebounds in a game against Ole Miss ... Saw his junior season interrupted by an ankle injury ... Played just two seasons at Tennessee after transferring from Chipola Junior College where he was a JC All-American ... Played 10 seasons in the NBA after he was tabbed in the sixth round of the 1966 NBA Draft by Philadelphia ... Played eight seasons in the ABA for four different teams and was a three-time ABA All-Star ... Also played professionally for one season in Italy ... Passed away Nov. 18, 2009, in Metairie, La.
Forward, 6-4, 209
1967 Helms Athletic Foundation first team All-America ... Earned honorable mention All-America honors following his sophomore season ... Also earned first team All-America honors from The Sporting News in 1966 as a punter for the Vols' football team ... Two-time (1966 and 1967) first team All- Southeastern Conference selection ... Named the 1967 SEC Player of the Year by the UPI and Associated Press ... Averaged 22.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in leading the Vols to a 21-7 overall record and the 1966-67 SEC championship ... Averaged 18.1 points per game during his career ... Finished his career second on UT's scoring list with 1,432 career points ... His 50 points against LSU on March 4, 1967, stood as the school record for more than 20 years... Named the SEC Sophomore of the Year in 1965 ... A four-sport letterman who was also a standout baseball player and a scratch golfer ... Drafted in the 12th round of the 1967 NBA Draft by Chicago ... Played one season with the New Orleans Buccaneers of the ABA ... Also a fourth round draft pick of the NFL's New Orleans franchise ... Played six seasons of professional football with the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers ... A 1971 Pro Bowl selection, he holds the Cowboy record with an 84-yard punt against the Saints in 1969.
Center, 7-0, 260
1968 Helms Athletic Foundation first-team All-American ... Two-time (1967 and 1968) first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors pick ... Led the Vols to the 1967 SEC Championship with a 21-7 overall record and a 15-3 league mark ... 1968 team MVP ... Led Tennessee in rebounding in 1967 (10.2 rpg) and 1968 (11.3 rpg) ... The first 7-foot player in Tennessee history ... Nicknamed "The Bull" ... Voted the best rebounder in the SEC by the league's players ... Averaged a double-double during his junior and senior seasons ... Fourth overall pick in the 1968 NBA Draft ... Played 10 seasons for Chicago ... His 37 rebounds against Phoenix on Jan. 8, 1970, has stood as a Chicago Bulls record for more than 40 seasons ... Ranks second all-time in Chicago Bulls history with 5,745 career rebounds ... Named an SEC Legend in 2003 ... Passed away March 26, 2013.
Guard, 6-1, 175
1969 Helms Athletic Foundation first-team All-American ... Two-time (1968 and 1969) first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors selection after earning honorable mention honors as a sophomore in 1967 ... Earned Academic All-SEC and All-American honors in 1968 ... Helped lead the Vols to a 21-7 overall record and the 1966-67 SEC Championship ... Named the team MVP in 1969 ... An aggressive player who would dive for loose balls and battle the big men for rebounds ... Led the NCAA while setting a school record with his 90.5-percent (133-of-147) free-throw shooting in 1969 ... Connected on 18 consecutive free throws against Ohio in 1969 to set a school record ... Knocked down the winning free throws in the triple-overtime win at Mississippi State for the 1967 SEC championship ... Finished his career with 1,236 points after averaging 15.1 points per game during his career ... Drafted in the 10th round of the 1969 NBA Draft by Philadelphia ... Named an SEC Legend in 2006.
Guard, 6-1, 170
1971 Helms Athletic Foundation first-team All-American ... Two-time (1970 and 1971) first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors selection ... Led the SEC in free-throw percentage (89.7 percent in 1969-70) and assists (5.4 apg in 1970-71) ... Led the Vols in scoring, free throws and assists as a junior and senior ... Earned the nickname "Mr. Clutch" during his career at Tennessee ... Captained the 1970-71 team that went 21-7 and finished second in the SEC despite being undersized ... A member of the SEC All-Sophomore team in 1968-69 ... Finished his career third on Tennessee's career scoring list with 1,407 points ... Averaged 20.6 points as a senior in 1971 ... Served as a student assistant coach on the Vols' 1971-72 SEC Championship team, which recorded a 19-6 overall record and a 14-4 mark in league play ... Drafted in the sixth round of the 1971 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls ... Named an SEC Legend in 2011 ... Inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
Forward, 6-7, 205
Tennessee's only men's basketball representative in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 2013) ... Considered one the of best players in Southeastern Conference history ... Earned first-team All-American in each of his three seasons at Tennessee, including consensus All-America honors following his junior campaign in 1977 ... One of five players selected to the 25-Year All-SEC Team by the Lakeland Ledger in 1986 ... Teamed with frontline mate Ernie Grunfeld to comprise one of the most powerful one-two scoring punches in college basketball ... Became known as the "Ernie and Bernie Show" ... Along with Grunfeld, graced the cover of Sports Illustrated on Feb. 9, 1976 ... Drew standing-room only crowds everywhere they played ... Entered the NBA draft prior to his senior season ... Finished his career ranking second all-time in UT history with 1,962 career points and 1,004 rebounds ... Coached by Ray Mears ... Three-time SEC Player of the Year ... Led the Southeastern Conference with 25.8 points and 14.4 rebounds per game as a junior ... Led the Vols to the 1977 Southeastern Conference championship with a 22-6 overall record and a 16-2 mark in the SEC ... His 25.8 points per game as a junior is second on UT's records list ... Led the Vols to an appearance in the 1976 NCAA Tournament ... Led the Southeastern Conference with 26.4 points per game as a freshman ... Scored 42 points in his first collegiate game ... Set the Tennessee record for highest single-season scoring average at 26.4 ppg in 1974-75 ... Scored 28 points and had 20 rebounds in his SEC debut against Auburn ... Drafted in the first round (seventh overall selection) by the New Jersey Nets in the 1977 NBA Draft ... Played 14 seasons (he missed two full seasons due to injuries) in the NBA with New Jersey, Utah, Golden State, New York Knicks and Washington ... Led the NBA in scoring during the 1985 season when he averaged 32.9 points for the New York Knicks ... Two-time first-team All-NBA selection (1984 and 1985) ... Second-team All-NBA (1982) ... Third-team All-NBA (1991) ... All-Rookie Team (1978) ... Comeback Player of the Year (1981) ... Four-time NBA All Star (1982, 1984, 1985, 1991) ... Finished his career after the 1993 season ... Career scoring average of 22.5 points per game (19,655 points in 874 games) ... Was the first Tennessee basketball player to have his number retired, as his No. 53 was hung from the Thompson-Boling Arena rafters during a halftime ceremony Feb. 13, 2007 ... Named an SEC Legend in 2008 ... Was among seven New York Knicks greats honored during a Legend's Night ceremony at Madison Square Garden on March 23, 2009.
Forward, 6-6, 215
Forrest Hills, N.Y.
One of the most decorated basketball players in the nation during the 1970s, he was a two-time first-team All-American selection ... Joined Bernard King to form the duo "Ernie and Bernie" that dominated the Southeastern Conference during the 1970s ... Along with King, graced the cover of Sports Illustrated on Feb. 9, 1976 ... Earned SEC Player of the Year honors as a senior in 1977 ... Four-time (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977) first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors selection ... A second-team selection on the 25-Year All-SEC Team by the Lakeland Ledger in 1986 ... Led the SEC in scoring with 25.3 points per game in 1976 ... Finished his career as Tennessee's all-time scorer and ranked second in SEC history with 2,249 career points ... The first player in Tennessee history to score more than 2,000 career points ... Career scoring average of 22.3 points per game is second only to King in UT's record books ... Led Tennessee to a 22-6 overall record and the 1976-77 Southeastern Conference championship ... The Vols were 78-29 (.729) during his four years in Knoxville ... Played for the legendary coach Ray Mears at UT ... Scored career-high of 43 points against Kentucky during the 1975-76 season ... Became Tennessee's first Olympian when he helped lead the United States to the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada ... The Romanian-born Grunfeld also represented the United States in the Maccabiah Games in Israel, the PanAm Games in Mexico City and the International Cup in Europe ... Became the 11th overall pick in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks ... Enjoyed a nine-year professional career, playing for the Bucks, Kansas City Kings and New York Knicks ... Averaged 7.4 points per game during his 693-game career ... Climbed through the NBA front office ranks to become the general manager of the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks before taking over as the president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards in 2003 ... Named an SEC Legend in 2001 ... Had his No. 22 retired by Tennessee during a halftime ceremony March 2, 2008 ... Currently holds the title of president of the Wizards.
Center, 6-9, 210
Two-time first-team All-American selection ... Three-time (1978, 1979, 1980) first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors pick ... Led the SEC in field-goal percentage in 1977 by making 64.5 percent of his shots ... Finished his career ranking second all-time on Tennessee's scoring lists with 2,103 career points ... Helped lead the Vols to a 22-6 overall record and the 1977 Southeastern Conference championship ... Named team MVP three times (1978, 1979, 1980) ... The 15th overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs ... Played seven seasons in the NBA with San Antonio, Cleveland, Kansas City, Philadelphia and New Jersey ... Named an SEC Legend in 1999.
Center, 6-7, 235
East Hampton, N.Y.
Named second team All-America in 1981 by Converse ... Earned first team All-SEC honors as a senior in 1981 ... An All-District selection in 1981 by the NABC and USBWA ... Second round NBA Draft pick by Utah ... Finished his career at Tennessee with 1,201 career points and 595 rebounds ... Named the MVP of the 1980 Sugar Bowl Classic and the 1979 Volunteer Classic.
Forward, 6-7, 205
Two-time first-team All-American ... Earned consensus first-team All-American honors in 1983 ... 1983 Playboy Preseason All-American selection ... Three-time (1981, 1982, 1983) first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors selection ... Two-time (1982 and 1983) Southeastern Conference Player of the Year ... In a poll of the SEC's coaches in 1989 by the Clarion Ledger/Jackson Daily News, was named to the SEC Team of the 1980s ... An honorable mention pick on the 25-Year All-SEC Team chosen by the Lakeland Ledger in 1986 ... Selected to the SEC All-Freshman team in 1980 ... Sports Illustrated National Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 30, 1982 ... Led the SEC in field-goal percentage in 1982 by making 65.4 percent of his shots ... Set Tennessee record (has since been broken) for single-season scoring with 724 points in 1982-83 ... Led Tennessee to a 20-10 overall record and the 1981-82 Southeastern Conference championship ... Finished his career ranking third on Tennessee's career scoring lists with 2,065 career points ... Finished his collegiate career holding Tennessee field-goal percentage records for both single-season (65.4 percent in 1981-82) and career (59.5 percent) ... The ninth overall selection in the 1983 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks ... Played 19 seasons in the NBA for nine different teams ... Arguably the best 3-point shooter in NBA history, he led the league with a .464 3-point shooting percentage in 1997-98 ... Earned third-team All-NBA honors in 1988-89, when he averaged a career-best 27.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game ... Won the NBA Long Distance Shootout during the 1989 All-Star Weekend in Houston ... Scored 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting in the 1989 NBA All-Star Game ... Earned the NBA Most Improved Player Award in 1986-87 when he averaged 24.9 points per game for Seattle ... Named an SEC Legend in 2004 ... His No. 14 jersey was retired by Tennessee during a pregame ceremony March 1, 2014 ... Inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame Feb. 6, 2015.
Guard, 6-2, 170
Third-team All-American selection in 1987 by the Associated Press and UPI ... Two-time first-team All-SEC selection (1986 & 1987) ... Named SEC Player of the Year in 1987 by the UPI ... Joined Bernard King as the only two Vols to win two SEC scoring titles, leading the league in 1986 and 1987 ... Finished his career ranking second on UT's career scoring lists with 2,219 career points ... It was the fifth-highest scoring total in SEC history at the time ... Set the UT single-game scoring record with 51 points against Auburn ... Earned SEC All-Tournament honors in 1984 and 1987 ... Selected in the second round (33rd overall selection) of the 1987 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls ... Named an SEC Legend in 2002.
Guard, 6-6, 200
Two-time second-team All-American selection ... Finished his career as Tennessee's all-time leading scorer with 2,801 career points ... Ranked 13th in NCAA history in scoring at the conclusion of his career ... His 346 career 3-pointers led the SEC and ranked sixth all-time in the NCAA at the conclusion of his career ... Led the SEC in scoring with 22.3 points in 1993 ... Became only the fourth SEC Player in SEC history to score 2,000 points in three seasons ... Joined Ernie Grunfeld as UT's only players to be four-time first-team All-SEC selections ... Named MVP of the 1991 SEC Tournament ... Selected to the ESPN Silver Anniversary All-SEC Team in 2004 ... A member of the United State's gold-medal-winning team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia ... First-round draft pick (11th selection overall) of the Detroit Pistons in 1993 ... As a member of the New York Knicks in 2000 and 2001, he was named to the NBA All-Star team ... Named an SEC Legend in 2007 ... Had his No. 20 retired by Tennessee during a halftime ceremony March 6, 2011 ... Currently serves as the assistant general manager of the New York Knicks as well as general manager of the Knicks' NBDL affiliate team, the Westchester Knicks.
Forward, 6-8, 240
One of the most entertaining players in the history of the Southeastern Conference ... Earned third team All-America honors in 2003 by the Associated Press ... Named the 2003 SEC Player of the Year after leading the league with 21.2 points per game ... Named a finalist for the 2003 Wooden Award ... Considered by many to be the best sixth-man in the nation his first two years at Tennessee ... Earned third team All-SEC honors as a sophomore ... Finished his career ranking 13th all-time at UT with 1,569 career points.
Guard, 6-2, 200
One of the most prolific 3-point shooters in NCAA history ... A three-time second-team All-American selection, earning consensus honors in 2007 ... 2008 John R. Wooden Award All-American ... Three-time first team All-SEC selection ... 2007 Associated Press SEC Player of the Year ... Recipient of the NABC Career Achievement Award ... Seven SEC Player of the Week honors are the most in league history ... Holds the SEC record and ranked third in NCAA history with 431 career 3-pointers ... Broke virtually all of Tennessee's 3-point records, setting single-game records for 3-pointers made (9) and attempted (20) and single-season records for 3-pointers made (118) and attempted (307) ... Career 3-point percentage (.422) ranks second in school history ... Owned the top three single-season 3-point efforts in school history ... Led the SEC with 20.8 points per game as a junior in 2007 ... Finished his career ranked fourth in school history with 2,131 points ... Selected by the Iowa Energy with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NBA D-League Draft ... Inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame July 12, 2014 ... Is still playing professional basketball overseas, most recently in Turkey.