Erwin Dudley to be honored in SEC Basketball Legends class of 2019

Three-time All-SEC player finished his career with 1,775 points, which ranks eighth in Crimson Tide history

The Southeastern Conference announced that Erwin Dudley will be Alabama's player honored as part of the SEC Basketball Legends class of 2019.

The power forward/center Dudley played at the Capstone from 2000-03 and helped guide the Crimson Tide to the NCAA Tournament in each of his final two seasons. The three-time All-SEC performer finished his career with 1,775 points which ranks eighth in program history and 1,184 career rebounds which is fourth-best.

As a junior, the Uniontown, Ala., native earned Associated Press Third Team All-America honors and was the 2002 SEC Player of the Year, the last Alabama player to land the award. That season, Dudley averaged 15.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, which led the league.

He helped the Tide amass 27 wins that year, the second-most in school history, to go along with an SEC regular season championship and a No. 8 final ranking in the AP poll.

Dudley finished his career as a three-time SEC rebounding champion, becoming the first player to lead the league in rebounding three-straight years since Shaquille O'Neal did it as a player at LSU.

Dudley will be honored at the 2019 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at halftime of Alabama's first game.

Joining Dudley as members of the 2019 class are: Corey Beck, Arkansas; Mike Mitchell, Auburn; Livingston Chatman, Florida; Jumaine Jones, Georgia; – Johnny Cox, Kentucky; Wayde Sims, LSU; Justin Reed, Ole Miss; Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State; Melvin Booker, Missouri; Carlos Powell, South Carolina; Mike Jackson, Tennessee; Antoine Wright, Texas A&M; and Derrick Byars, Vanderbilt.

This marks the 21th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program. Alabama's SEC Legends include, in order, Reggie King, 1999; Wendell Hudson, 2000; T.R. Dunn, 2001; Leon Douglas, 2002; Buck Johnson, 2003; Derrick McKey, 2004; Gary Waites, 2005; Jim Farmer, 2006; Mike Nordholz, 2007; Leon Marlaire, 2008; Melvin Cheatum, 2009; Charles Cleveland, 2010; Robert Horry, 2011; Jack Kubiszyn, 2012; Wimp Sanderson, 2013; Eddie Phillips, 2014; Charles "C.M." Newton, 2015; Ennis Whatley, 2016; George Linn, 2017; and James "Hollywood" Robinson, 2018.

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