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Former Bulldog Shandon Anderson An SEC Basketball Legend
by UGA Sports Communications
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Two-time All-SEC forward Shandon Anderson will represent the University of Georgia as part of the 2009 class of the Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends.  This group, which includes one ex-player or coach from each of the 12 member institutions, will be honored at the SEC Tournament March 12-15 in Tampa, Fla.

Each Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution’s first tournament game. He will also make appearances at the Dr. Pepper SEC FanFare exhibition.

Anderson began his Georgia career in the fall of 1992 as part of the Bulldogs’ highly-touted freshman class under head coach Hugh Durham. He left Athens four years later, twice decorated with All-SEC honors, and no longer just the younger brother of ex-Georgia great Willie Anderson.

He survived a coaching change before his senior season, and under new mentor Tubby Smith, Anderson enjoyed his most productive year at Georgia. Best of all, however, his last team finally made good on its considerable promise. That year, the Bulldogs went 21-10 and turned the NCAA Tournament West Regional on its ear by reaching the Sweet 16.

Anderson left Georgia as its No. 7 career scorer and its only player ever to score 1,500 points, pull down 500 rebounds and hand out 300 assists. Three months later the Utah Jazz made him their second-round pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.

The native Atlantan built a professional career that spanned 10 seasons and four different teams: in order, Utah, Houston, New York and lastly, Miami. After becoming the first UGA alumnus to reach the NBA Finals with Utah in 1998, he savored a championship with Miami in 2006.

Six years ago Anderson started the Shandon Anderson Foundation, a program designed to empower teenagers through mentoring, education and cultural exposure. Today, three years after his NBA career is over, he continues to shepherd the foundation.

In 2007, Anderson made notoriety for another noble cause.  He returned to UGA, 11 years after he last attended class, and completed his undergraduate degree in Sociology.

This marks the 11th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.  Previous representatives from Georgia include:  1999 Vern Fleming; 2000 Alec Kessler; 2001 Zippy Morocco; 2002 Dominique Wilkins; 2003 James Banks; 2004 Lavon Mercer; 2005 Ronnie Hogue; 2006 Joe Ward; 2007 Litterial Green; 2008 Hugh Durham.