March 8, 2010
Former Tiger Chuck Person will be Auburn's Southeastern Conference Legend at the 2010 basketball tournament in Nashville. His recoginition will be at halftime of Auburn's 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network) game against Florida in the first-round game Thursday.
The 6-8, 215-pound, forward from Brantley, Ala., played from 1983-86, earning All-America honors in 1985 and 1986. He was a Basketball Weekly second-team All-American and NABC third-team All-American in 1986, and The Sporting News second-team All-American and McGregor third-team All-American in 1985.
The three-time first-team All-SEC selection from 1984-86 is Auburn's all-time scoring leader with 2,311 points (without the 3-point shot).
He led Auburn to its greatest run in the NCAA Tournament by reaching the Elite Eight in 1986 with wins over Arizona, No. 1 seed St. John's and fourth-seeded UNLV before falling to eventual National Champion Louisville.
Person is Auburn's all-time leader in field goals made (1,017) and field goals attempted (1,899) while ranking third on the all-time rebound chart with 940, sixth in all-time scoring average (18.3), 10th all-time in field goal percentage (.536), going an incredible 1017-of-1899 from the field. He is also ninth all-time in free throws made (277), 10th all-time in steals (124) and holds Auburn single-season records in scoring (747 in 1984-85), field goals made (334 in 1984-85 and second with 310 in 1985-86) and field goals attempted (614 in 1984-85 and second with 597 in 1985-86). He averaged 22.0 points in 1985, 21.5 points in 1986, 19.1 points in 1984 and 9.3 points as a freshman in 1983
As tournament MVP, he led Auburn as it became the first team to win four games in four days as the Tigers won the 1985 SEC Tournament. He was a two-time selection to the All-SEC Tournament team in 1985 and 1986.
The Rifleman helped lead Auburn to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in 1984 and the 1985 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in addition to playing in World University Games in 1985.
Person was the fourth pick overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers and was named NBA Rookie-of-the-Year in 1986-87 after averaging 18.8 points and 8.3 rebounds. He finished his 13-Year NBA career with 13,449 career points and 4,557 rebounds, playing in the NBA from 1986-2000 with the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets and Seattle Supersonics
He was named to the ESPN Silver Anniversary All-SEC team in 2004 and a unanimous choice for the city of Auburn's Walk-of-Fame, which has a plaque on the sidewalk in downtown Auburn, in addition to being a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Recently, Person has been an executive in the front office of the Indiana Pacers and has been an assistant coach with the Pacers, Sacramento Kings and is now with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The other SEC Legends this year are Charles Cleveland (Alabama), Jim Counce (Arkansas), Bob Emrick (Florida), Tom Brennan (Georgia), Joe B. Hall (Kentucky), Ned Clark (LSU), Cob Jarvis (Ole Miss), Kermit Davis (Mississippi State), Melvin Watson (South Carolina), Don DeVoe (Tennessee), Ronnie McMahon (Vanderbilt).