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 on March 6, 2011 ... Was named general manager of the New York Knicks’ NBDL affiliate team, the Erie BayHawks, in the summer of 2011.
One of the most decorated basketball players in the nation during the 1970s, he was a two-time first team All-America 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 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 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.
Considered one of the best players in Southeastern Conference history, King donned the orange and white from 1974-77, earning first team All-America honors in each of his three seasons at Tennessee. A three-time SEC Player of the Year, he led the Vols to the 1977 SEC championship with a 22-6 overall record and a 16-2 mark in the league. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native finished his career ranking second all-time at UT with 1,962 career points and 1,004 rebounds. Following his junior season he was drafted in the first round (seventh overall selection) by the New Jersey Nets. During his 14-year career in the NBA he was a two-time first team All-NBA selection, four-time NBA All-Star and finished his career with a scoring average of 22.5 points per game.
King is remembered by many UT and SEC fans for his pairing with Ernie Grunfeld to comprise the "The Ernie and Bernie Show" -- one of the most powerful combinations in college basketball.