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
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.