Thornton picked as Texas A&M’s SEC Basketball Legend

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: January 23, 2014

John Thornton was picked to be Texas A&M’s representative among the 2014 SEC Basketball Legends, the Southeastern Conference announced Thursday.

The 14 members of the class of Legends will be honored at the SEC men’s basketball tournament set for March 12-16 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Thornton is a life-long Aggie, a former student-athlete, coach and administrator who holds three degrees from Texas A&M. He played for A&M from 1973-75, earning Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year in 1974 and leading the Aggies to the Southwest Conference title in 1975. Thornton also served as an assistant coach under Shelby Metcalf and as interim head coach in 1990.

Thornton was a mainstay in Aggie Athletics for over three decades, finishing his career as interim athletics director and senior associate athletics director for student-athlete development. He now serves as director of the Texas A&M Coaching Academy, housed in the Sydney and J.L. Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance.

"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.


2014 SEC Legends Class


Eddie Phillips


Clint McDaniel


Gerald White


Greg Stolt


D.A. Layne


Tony Delk


Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Ole Miss

Ansu Sesay

Mississippi State

Erick Dampier


John Brown

South Carolina

Gary Gregor


Dr. Ed Weiner

Texas A&M

Dr. John Thornton


Matt Freije