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Rashad Wright Named 2024 SEC Legend


Mike Mobley

UGA Sports Communications


ATHENS, Ga. — Rashad Wright, the 2004 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, has been named the Georgia Bulldogs Legend for the 2024 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, the league office announced on Wednesday.

 

Featuring former greats from all 14 Southeastern Conference member institutions, the SEC Men’s Legends Presented by Allstate will be honored at the SEC Tournament on March 13-17 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Each legend will be recognized during halftime of their team’s first game of the tournament, as well as a group introduction at halftime of the first semifinal game on Saturday.

 

Wright, a native of Statesboro, Ga., was a standout guard for Georgia from 2000-04, leading the Bulldogs to three postseason appearances. A four-year starter, Wright’s career was capped by earning 2004 SEC Defensive Player of the Year accolades in balloting of league coaches. 

 

Wright owns Georgia’s career record for assists with 493  and produced two of the Bulldogs’ top-10 single-season assist tallies – No. 5 (153) in 2001-02 and No. 9 (149) in 2002-03. He also ranks among UGA’s career leaders in six additional categories – No. 39 in points (1,064), No. 10 in steals (119), No. 18 in 3-pointers (122), No. 18 in 3-point attempts (358), No. 19 in 3-point percentage (.341), No. 19 in free throw attempts (374) and No. 20 in free throws (256).

 

During Wright’s career, Georgia played in two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT. After graduating from UGA with a degree in Education/Sport Management, Wright was selected by the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft before embarking on a decade-long professional career in Europe. He played for teams in Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Serbia and Turkey. Wright’s teams competed in Euro level leagues during seven seasons, and he helped teams in Belgium and Germany capture championship trophies.

 

The class of SEC Legends for 2024 also includes: Richard Hendrix, Alabama; Derek Hood, Arkansas; Cliff Ellis, Auburn; Taurean Green, Florida; Orlando “Tubby” Smith, Kentucky; Darrel Mitchell, LSU; Dwayne Curtis, Ole Miss; Timmy Bowers, Mississippi State; Willie Smith, Missouri; Joe Rhett, South Carolina; Chris Lofton, Tennessee; Elston Turner, Texas A&M; and Frank Seckar, Vanderbilt.

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