Charles Barkley is one of the most fascinating figures in college basketball and NBA history, but many aren’t familiar with where he played college basketball.
While many may often focus on Charles Barkley’s NBA accomplishments and his brilliant and hilarious bantering with Shaq on TV, far too few are familiar with what Barkley was able to accomplish during his college basketball career.
For many, Barkley’s college career is an afterthought when it comes to talking about the NBA legend. It’s just not something that is often talked about and as a result, some are unfamiliar with where Barkley played college basketball.
Barkley spent his college basketball days playing for the Auburn Tigers and he had a very solid career there.
Charles Barkley played college basketball at Auburn
Barkley is actually one of the greatest athletes Auburn has ever had and his stellar performances actually proved that the Tigers could be pretty good at basketball. Though Auburn has often lacked consistency and was a mediocre program prior to Barkley’s arrival, he very quickly helped the Tigers start winning once he got there.
Barkley played for the Tigers for three seasons, 1981-1982, 1982-1983, and 1983-1984. During those three seasons, Auburn improved from 14-14 to 15-13 and then to 20-11. In that third season, Auburn managed to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.
By the time Barkley’s college career was wrapping up, he had very clearly made an impact on Auburn. During his time with the Tigers, Barkley was named the SEC Player of the Year for the 1983-1984 season, he was a 1984 All-SEC Tourney player, earned the SEC Tourney MVP, and was a three time All-SEC player.
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