Vol legend Bernard King selected to Naismith Hall of Fame

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Tennessee basketball legend Bernard King has been selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2013.

King was a Vol from 1974-77, and according to UT, rewrote the Tennessee record books.  He was part of the celebrated "Ernie and Bernie Show," along with teammate Ernie Grunfield.

At 6-7, 205 pounds, King was a three-time first-team All-American, earning consensus All-American acclaim as a junior in 1976-77. He also was a three-time SEC Player of the Year.

In 76 career games played, King logged a school-record 62 double-doubles and remains the only Vol to average a double-double during his career (25.8 points and 13.2 rebounds).

He finished his career with 1,962 points scored - second only to teammate Grunfeld, who totaled 2,249 in four seasons. King currently ranks seventh on UT's all-time scoring chart, more than 500 points ahead of the next-closest three-year letterman (Ron Widby, 1,432 points from 1964-67).

King still holds the school records for single-season scoring average (26.4 ppg in 1974-75), freshman scoring average (26.4 ppg in 1974-75), sophomore scoring average (25.2 ppg in 1975-76), junior scoring average (25.8 ppg in 1976-77), most points in a Tennessee debut (42 vs. UW-Milwaukee on Nov. 30, 1974), 30-point games (26), 40-point games (5) and freshman rebounding average (12.3 in 1974-75).

On Monday, it was announced that King was accepted into the Hall.  This is the 6th year he had been nominated.

The official enshrinement takes place Sunday, Sept. 8 in Springfield, Mass.

Joining King in the Hall's Class of 2013 are player Gary Payton and coaches Guy Lewis, Rick Pitino and Jerry Tarkanian. From the Women's Screening Committee: player Dawn Staley and coach Sylvia Hatchell.

King currently resides in Duluth, Ga.

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