Darryl Wilson: MSU's SEC Legend
Darryl Wilson, who played for the Bulldogs from 1994-96, will be recognized with the Southeastern Conference Basketball Legends this weekend in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo submitted by MSU media relations)
Darryl Wilson is considered one of the greatest basketball players in Mississippi State history with his standing as the sixth best scorer at the school.
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Now the Southeastern Conference has singled Wilson out as a legend.
Wilson, who played with the Bulldogs between 1994-96, will be recognized with the 2011 class of SEC Basketball Legends in Atlanta, Ga., this week at the SEC Tournament.
It's been 15 years since Wilson and his MSU teammates advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
He looks back on those times fondly.
"It's been a while, but when I look back now at the times and the season we had, there are a lot of great memories," Wilson said. "It's a time we'll remember all of our lives an it's an experience we'll cherish forever."
Each SEC Legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution's first game at the tournament. Wilson gets his moment Friday night when the Bulldogs play the final game of the day.
Wilson and the other Legends will be making appearances during the Sunkist Soda SEC FanFare which is open Thursday through Saturday.
"I'll be flying out (Wednesday)," Wilson said. "We'll have the FanFare Friday and I will be with the team Friday before the game."
Wilson scored 1,619 career points at MSU and the Bulldogs had a 66-27 record and three postseason appearances in his three years. He was on the 1996 SEC All-Tournament and NCAA All-Southeast Regional teams.
With a career scoring average of 17.4 points per outing, Wilson stands fifth in MSU history. He scored in double figures in 83 of his 93 games played with the Bulldogs, including 32 games with 20 or more points and three 30-point outings. Wilson owns the MSU records in three-pointers made (439) and three-pointers attempted (645).
Known as "Super D." throughout his career with the Bulldogs, Wilson increased his scoring average each year at MSU, going from 16.2 points per game in 1993-94 to 17.8 points per contest in 1994-95 and 18 points per outing in 1995-96.
Being honored as an SEC Basketball Legend tells Wilson that all of his hard work has paid off.
"To be recognized as a Legend at MSU is a high honor and I am very humbled about it," Wilson said.
The other SEC Basketball Legends are Robert Horry (Alabama), George Kok (Arkansas), Jimmy Fibbe (Auburn), Craig Brown (Florida), Walter Daniels (Georgia), Kevin Grevey (Kentucky), Howard Carter (LSU), Bob Weltlich (Ole Miss), BJ McKie (South Carolina), Jimmy England (Tennessee) and Jeff Turner (Vanderbilt).
This is the 13th year for the SEC Basketball Legends program and SEC commissioner Mike Slive considers it a very important part in what the league does.
"The SEC Basketball Legends Program allows us to honor our past and show everyone why the SEC is one of the premier basketball conferences," Slive said in a statement.