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Mashburn to be recognized as SEC Legend

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Jamal Mashburn scored 1,843 points and grabbed 760 rebounds during a three-year UK career. (UK Athletics) Jamal Mashburn scored 1,843 points and grabbed 760 rebounds during a three-year UK career. (UK Athletics)
Jamal Mashburn is indisputably one of the best players in Kentucky basketball history. His decision to become a Wildcats helped spark a renaissance of the program under Rick Pitino and he still ranks among the top six scorers to ever put on a UK uniform.

This March, Mashburn - whose No. 24 jersey is in the rafters at Rupp Arena - will be recognized for his greatness once again.

At the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Mashburn will represent UK among the 2013 Allstate® SEC Basketball Legends. Mashburn will be introduced at halftime of UK's first game in the tournament, which will take place March 13-16.

"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.

Mashburn was a two-time All-American during his UK career and helped lead the school to the Final Four in 1993, its first trip there since 1983. He left after his junior season for the NBA and was drafted fourth overall. He would go on to a successful 11-year professional career and was named an NBA All-Star in 2003.

Other members of the 15th class of SEC Basketball Legends are: Wimp Sanderson, Alabama; Jerry Carlton, Arkansas; Ronnie Battle, Auburn; Bill Koss, Florida; Tim Bassett, Georgia; Geert Hammink, LSU; Rahim Lockhart, Ole Miss; Horatio Webster, Mississippi State; Norm Stewart, Missouri; Eddie Fogler, South Carolina; Len Kosmalski, Tennessee; John Beasley, Texas A&M; Mike Rhoades, Vanderbilt.

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