May 22, 2007
AUBURN--Former Auburn All-American Wesley Person was named as one of college basketballs all-time top 10 shooters by Rivals.com Tuesday.
Person, who was a four-year starter at Auburn from 1990-94, is the Tigers all-time leader in 3-pointers made (262) and 3-point field goal percentage (.441, 262-of-594). The Brantley, Ala., native was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and U.S. Basketball Writers Association as a senior in 1994 after leading the SEC averaging 22.2 points per game.
"My time at Auburn was very special to me, and Auburn continues to be in my heart every day," Person said. "I still come to Auburn many times throughout the year for basketball, football and baseball games. There isn't a better place to go to school and play in the country."
"I love to shoot the basketball and worked on it my whole life. I give a lot of credit to my brother, Chuck, who was always there for me along the way."
He was a three-time All-SEC selection, earning first-team honors in 1993 and 1994 and third-team honors in 1992. Person, who had his No. 11 Auburn jersey retired on Feb. 18, 2006, is still third on Auburn's all-time scoring chart with 2,066 points and is fourth in all-time scoring average (19.1) and field goals made (772).
Person scored a career-high 44 points vs. UAB in 1993. His most memorable shot came when he nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner with two seconds left to give Auburn an 81-80 come-from-behind victory over 13th-ranked Arkansas on Mar. 6, 1993. The Tigers trailed by 15 points with 7:57 left and following Person's game-winner, Auburn fans stormed the court for the first time in school history.
A NBA first round pick by the Phoenix Suns in 1994, Person played 11 NBA seasons with the Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets. He won the Baby Ruth 3-Point Shooting Contest by defeating his brother, Chuck, at the 1995 NBA All-Star Game.
Duke's J.J. Redick (2002-06) was named as the top collegiate
3-point shooter of all-time followed by Tennessee's Chris Lofton
(2004-present), Georgia Tech's Dennis Scott (1987-90), Arizona's
Salim Stoudamire (2001-05), Michigan's Glen Rice (1985-89),
Wisconsin-Green Bay's Tony Bennett (1988-92), Virginia's Curtis
Staples (1995-98), Tennessee's Allan Houston (1990-93), North Carolina
State's Rodney Monroe (1987-91) and Person.