Jan. 22, 2014
One of Vanderbilt's most accomplished players in history, Matt Freije, was named as the Commodores' representative on the Allstate SEC Basketball Legends list in an announcement made by the SEC on Wednesday.
Freije was one of Vanderbilt's brightest stars, ranking as the all-time leading scorer upon his graduation. Freije, from Overland Park, Kansas, and played from 2001-04 for the Commodores, still is third on Vandy's career scoring charts with 1,891 points. He led the Commodores to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2004. He earned All-America honors in 2004 along with first-team all-SEC accord. He later played professionally, both in the NBA and Europe.
"The Allstate® SEC Basketball Legends Program allows us to honor our past and show everyone why the SEC is one of the nation's premier basketball conferences," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.
The 2014 class includes Eddie Phillips, Alabama; Clint McDaniel, Arkansas; Gerald White, Auburn; Greg Stolt, Florida; D.A. Layne, Georgia; Tony Delk, Kentucky; Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (Chris Jackson), LSU; Ansu Sesay, Ole Miss; Erick Dampier, Mississippi State; John Brown, Missouri; Gary Gregor, South Carolina; Dr. Ed Wiener, Tennessee; Dr. John Thornton, Texas A&M; Matt Freije, Vanderbilt
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-Sunday, March 13-16.
This marks the 16th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.