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Larry Conley named Kentucky’s 2016 SEC Basketball Legend

Larry Conley smiled as Tom Hammond told stories as he presented the Tom Hammond Sports Media Award at the 2016 Bluegrass Sports Awards on Tuesday Jan. 26, 2016, in Lexington, Ky.
Larry Conley smiled as Tom Hammond told stories as he presented the Tom Hammond Sports Media Award at the 2016 Bluegrass Sports Awards on Tuesday Jan. 26, 2016, in Lexington, Ky. Herald-Leader

Larry Conley, a member of the University of Kentucky basketball team famously known as “Rupp’s Runts,” will be honored at this year’s Southeastern Conference Tournament as UK’s 2016 SEC Basketball Legend.

The tournament takes place March 9-13 in Nashville, Tenn.

Conley helped lead the Wildcats to a 1966 national runner-up finish, a 27‐2 record and an SEC championship.

Part of a starting five that featured no player taller than 6‐foot‐5, Conley dished out a team-best 100 assists while averaging 11.5 points per game. Conley was named to the All‐SEC First Team by the league’s coaches in 1966. Conley was an All‐SEC Third Team selection in 1964 and 1965, a two-time Academic All-SEC selection, and an Academic All-American during the 1963-64 season.

A member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, Conley went on to play a season in the American Basketball Association for the Kentucky Colonels before beginning a longtime and ongoing broadcasting career. He’s called games for ESPN, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox Sports and Raycom Sports.

Joining Conley in the 2016 class are Ennis Whatley, Alabama; Pat Bradley, Arkansas; Jack Stewart, Auburn; Lee Humphrey, Florida; Jarvis Hayes, Georgia; Stanley Roberts, LSU; Johnny Neumann, Ole Miss; Mario Austin, Mississippi State; Devan Downey, South Carolina; Vincent Yarbrough, Tennessee; Carroll Broussard, Texas A&M; and Shan Foster, Vanderbilt. Missouri is not participating in this year’s tournament because of a self-imposed postseason ban and does not have a representative in this year’s Legends program.

Each SEC Basketball Legend will be recognized at halftime of his school’s first game at the SEC Tournament.

This marks the 18th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.

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