POSTED: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 3:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — One of the best playmakers and a leading scorer in the history of LSU basketball, Kenny Higgs, will represent LSU at the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament in New Orleans as the school's 2012 Allstate SEC Basketball Legend.
The tournament is March 8-11 at the New Orleans Arena.
Each SEC Basketball Legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution's first game at the tournament. Highlighting the schedule of events at the Sunkist Soda SEC FanFare will be appearances by selected legends. FanFare will be open Thursday-Saturday, March 8-10.
This marks the 14th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.
A three-time All-SEC selection that played from 1975-78, Higgs was known early in his career at LSU as a great scorer but he finished it known as one of the best playmakers around. He is LSU's all-time assist leader with 645 (6.1 per game) and he ranks 10th in school history with a scoring average of 17.9 points per game. His 1,896 career points rank seventh in school history and his 522 free throws made are second on the LSU charts.
Following his playing days in Baton Rouge, Higgs was a third round pick of Cleveland Cavaliers in 1978 and he went on to play three seasons in NBA. Just last year, Higgs returned to Baton Rouge from his native Kentucky for his induction ceremonies to the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
The rest of the Legends Class for 2012 is as follows:
Alabama - Jack Kubiszyn, Guard, 1956-58; Arkansas - Nolan Richardson, Head Coach, 1985-2002; Auburn - Chris Morris, Forward, 1984-85; 1987-88; Florida - Mike Miller, Forward, 1998-2000; Georgia - Willie Anderson, Guard, 1985-88; Kentucky - Adrian "Odie" Smith, Guard, 1957, 1958; Ole Miss - Jack Waters, Forward/Guard, 1959-61; Mississippi State - Chuck Evans, Guard, 1991-93; South Carolina - Henry Martin, Forward, 1943; 1947-49; Tennessee - Gene Tormohlen, Center, 1956-59; Vanderbilt - Drew Maddux, Guard, 1995-98.