Some of you may know him as “Sir Charles,” or maybe just “Chuck,” but if you’re an Auburn fan you know him as Charles “Round Mound of Rebound” Barkley… our #3 in the 100 Things We Love About Auburn series.
Not to mention it’s Charles’ 50th birthday today, so we thought it was only fitting to give the Auburn sports hero a shout out!
Charles Wade Barkley was born and raised in Leeds, Ala., where he played basketball at Leeds High School.
His impeccable high school ball skills led him to a spot on coach Sonny Smith’s Auburn University basketball team, where the competitive #34 played for three years. Barkley led his conference in rebounding for three years, earning the moniker “The Round Mound of Rebound.” He was named SEC Player of the Year in 1984 and received three All-SEC selections, one Second Team All-American selection and one Third Team All-American selection.
After finishing his junior year at Auburn University, Charles Barkley was called to the NBA Draft in 1984 – joining the Philadelphia 76ers.
A few of his many accomplishments include winning two Olympic gold medals playing for the USA “Dream Team” in 1992 and again in 1996 – both years he was the leading scorer.
Since 2001, Auburn University, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns have retired Barkley’s #34 jersey.
You can now see Charles on the small screen as an NBA analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA along with host Ernie Johnson and analyst Kenny Smith.
Find out more about What’s Up With Chuck on his website.
War Eagle and Happy Birthday, Charles!