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Larry Conley named Kentucky’s SEC Basketball Legend

Larry Conley, right, and NBC-TV's Tom  Hammond at a recent UK game.

Larry Conley, right, and NBC-TV’s Tom Hammond at a recent UK game.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – An All-Southeastern Conference team member and a part of the 1965-66 “Rupp’s Runts,” Larry Conely has been tabbed as Kentucky’s 2016 SEC Basketball Legend and will be honored at this year’s SEC Tournament, which will be held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., March 9-13.

A key member of “Rupp’s Runts,” one of the most beloved teams in Kentucky basketball history, Conley helped lead the Wildcats to a 1966 national runner‐up finish, a 27‐2 record and an SEC championship.

On a starting five that featured no player taller than 6‐foot‐5, Conley dished out a team‐best 100 assists while averaging 11.5 points per game. Conley was named to the All‐SEC First Team by the league’s coaches in 1966 for his efforts and the All‐SEC Third Team by the Associated Press. Conley was also an All‐SEC Third Team selection in 1964 and 1965, a two‐time Academic All‐SEC selection, and an Academic All‐American during the 1963‐64 season.

A member of the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame, Conley went on to play a season in the American Basketball Association for the Kentucky Colonels before diving into a longtime and ongoing broadcasting career. He’s called games for ESPN, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox Sports and Raycom Sports.

The 2016 class includes Ennis Whatley, Alabama; Pat Bradley, Arkansas; Jack Stewart, Auburn; Lee Humphrey, Florida; Jarvis Hayes, Georgia; Larry Conley, Kentucky; Stanley Roberts, LSU; Johnny Neumann, Ole Miss; Mario Austin, Mississippi State; Devan Downey, South Carolina; Vincent Yarbrough, Tennessee; Carroll Broussard, Texas A&M; Shan Foster, Vanderbilt.
Each SEC Basketball Legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution’s first game at the tournament.

This marks the 18th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.


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  1. Congratulations to Larry who was a classmate at Ashland High. He is and always has been a very smart, nice and humble person. His role as a superb passer and great teammate on the 1966 team was so instrumental to their success.

    1. Judi that is a great memory from you since you were there and watched him. Just curious. What was the one quality about him that really stood out to you

  2. Larry Conley, a hero of Ashland. There are a few others including the son of my high school team mate, Arliss Beach, Brandon Webb, the Judds, and a mostly forgotten UK all American named Ellis Johnson that led Ashland to a NATIONAL basketball championship back in 1928. Ellis is also known for being on the steering committee that hired Rupp.

  3. Larry, thanks for asking about my memories of Larry. He was the same kind of teammate on the 1961 state championship team as he was at UK. He made everyone around him better because he was so unselfish. He was quick, an accurate shooter and an excellent passer. Of course his sunny and positive personality made him a favorite among our classmates and he was voted most popular in our senior class. It was always a treat to see Larry calling UK’s games on TV because of his knowledge of the game. He didn’t embellish, just called the plays so well and maintained a neutral opinion. Larry has carried his impeccable character from high school days into his basketball career and beyond.

  4. Larry Conley is one of my biggest UK heroes and always will be. It was his 1966 Rupps Runts team that made me a fan for life.

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