On Sunday, Tennessee's men's basketball team awarded two-time NBA all-star and former Volunteer Allan Houston with one of college basketball's greatest honors.
Houston's No. 20 which he wore with the Vols was retired during Sunday's home finale against the rival Kentucky Wildcats.
Houston, who played for the Vols in the 1989-1993 seasons, remains the all-time leading scorer for the team with an astonishing 2,801 points. In his collegiate career, Houston was named All-American twice and All-Southeastern Conference all four years he was with the Vols.
"I'd be lying if I said I never thought about it," Houston said. "The thing that makes it so special is how it happened for me, coming here and having the opportunity to play for your father. I believe me being here was so much about me growing and learning how to become a young man."
Wade Houston, Allan's father, was Tennessee's basketball coach during Allan Houston's time with the Vols. Wade was also an All-American, and was the first African-American coach in the SEC. He left that position a short time after his son graduated from the school.
"The influence he had was so great in those four years and any college student it is a critical time in their lives," said Houston. "And for me to have it with him is priceless."
In the 1993 NBA draft, Houston was the 11th overall pick, drafted by the Detroit Pistons. Houston stayed in Detroit for three seasons and then signed with the New York Knicks. He then spent the rest of his career with the Knicks becoming a starter and one of their most popular players.
Houston was a part of a gold-medal winning USA team with other NBA all stars competing in the 2000 summer Olympics games in Sydney, Australia.
Shortly after, Houston's career came to an end when he was plagued with constant a knee injury through the 2003 and 2004 seasons. He was finally forced to retire in October 2005.
In October 2007 it was revealed that Houston would try to make a comeback. He joined the Knicks in training camp at the beginning of the season.
Houston wanted to wear his old No. 20, but at the time was being worn by teammate Jared Jeffries. Jefferies agreed to switch jersey numbers but NBA rules would not allow him too. After a short pre-season Houston decided to end his comeback and return to retirement.
Houston will be remembered as one of the most talented Tennessee Volunteers to suit up in a basketball uniform as his banner hangs from the rafters in Thompson-Bowling Arena.