March 3, 2001
Auburn University officially retired Charles Barkley’s number 34 basketball jersey. Affectionately nicknamed “the Round Mound of Rebound,” Barkley played three seasons at Auburn University as he earned three All-SEC selections, won the 1984 SEC Player of the Year award, and led the university to its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Barkley was selected fifth overall in the 1984 NBA Draft and went on to play 16 seasons, winning the league’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1993 and two Olympic gold medals as the leading scorer on the “Dream Team.” He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and works as an NBA analyst. In 2017, Auburn University unveiled a statue of Barkley in front of Auburn Arena.
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