Tennessee Volunteer basketball legend Dale Ellis will be signing autographs inside the University Center VolShop today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ellis, who starred at Tennessee from 1979-83, is having his No. 14 jersey retired during an on-court ceremony before Saturday's game against Vanderbilt at Thompson-Boling Arena, which tips at noon.
To commemorate Ellis' jersey retirement, artist T.J. Sharp has created a limited edition portrait of Ellis in action for the Vols that will be sold at the autograph signing.
Ellis was a two-time All-American and two-time SEC Player of the Year during his career at UT. He helped lead Tennessee to the 1982 SEC Championship, scored 2,065 career points – which ranks sixth all-time in UT history – and went on to play for 17 years in the NBA, where he played for six different teams and averaged 15.7 points per game in his career.
"Dale is a really good guy, and I talk to him all the time," UT head coach Cuonzo Martin said at his Monday press luncheon. "I'm happy for him. He put the work in, was a very successful college and NBA player, so it is great to see that.
"Hopefully our fans come out and support him because he is a really good guy, and I like being around and talking to him."
WHAT: Dale Ellis Autograph Signing
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: University Center VolShop
1502 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 37996
PARKING: Parking is available at Vol Hall parking garage (G15)