BATON ROUGE - All-Southeastern Conference center Geert Hammink will represent LSU as part of the 2013 Allstate SEC Basketball Legends that will be honored at the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament March 13-17 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
"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 2013 class includes Wimp Sanderson, Alabama; Jerry Carlton, Arkansas; Ronnie Battle, Auburn; Bill Koss, Florida; Tim Bassett, Georgia; Jamal Mashburn, Kentucky; Geert Hammink, LSU; Rahim Lockhart, Ole Miss; Horatio Webster, Mississippi State; Norm Stewart, Missouri; Eddie Fogler, South Carolina; Len Kosmalski, Tennessee; John Beasley, Texas A&M; Mike Rhoades, 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-Saturday, March 14-16.
This marks the 15th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.
Hammink played the 1988-89 season at LSU; redshirted in 1990 and then played 1991-93. The 7-footer from the Netherlands took over the starting center position as a senior after Shaquille O'Neal left for the NBA. Hammink averaged a double double (15.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg) and earned consensus first-team All-SEC honors. Hammink also led the team in field goals made (190) and free throws made (108).
Hammink's son, Shane, is a freshman on the 2012-13 LSU men's basketball team.
LSU's list of legends since the program started in 1999:
1999 - Bob Pettit
2000 - Durand "Rudy" Macklin
2001 - Joe Dean
2002 - Ricky Blanton
2003 - Pete Maravich
2004 - Dale Brown
2005 - Bobby Lowther
2006 - Collis Temple, Jr.
2007 - Dick Maile
2008 - Frank Brian
2009 - Ethan Martin
2010 - Ned Clark
2011 - Howard Carter
2012 - Kenny Higgs
2013 - Geert Hammink