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Coach Hugh Durham (right) and Dominique Wilkins pose during a ceremony at the Georgia Club in Athens, GA honoring Wilkins for his 2006 Naismith College Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement. The framed pictorial highlights “The Human Highlight Film’s” college and professional playing career.

to quick success and set a foundation for future glory. Hugh’s UGA star players included guards Vern Fleming, Willie Anderson, Gerald Crosby, Donald Hartry, Shandon Anderson (Willie’s younger brother) and Litterial Green, centers Cedric Henderson and Terry Fair and forward James

Banks, Horace McMillen, Joe Ward, Carlos Strong, Alex Kessler and the greatest player in school history, Dominique Wilkins. Dubbed “The Human Highlight Film” for his acrobatic athletic ability and highlight reel dunks, the Washington, NC native, Wilkins, played three seasons for the Bulldogs and was

SEC Player of The Year for the 1980-81 season. He went on to be one of the eight leading scorers in NBA history while playing for several teams, primarily the Atlanta Hawks. He is currently a vice president and part owner of the Hawks. Wilkins was the centerpiece of Hugh’s first recruiting class at Georgia. Ironically, it was another long-time North Carolina High Country resident, Roger Banks, who signed Wilkins for Georgia. Banks, a Burnsville, NC native and a former head coach at Newland and Avery County High Schools, was a charter member of Hugh’s UGA coaching staff and his Recruiting Director. “I was fortunate to hire Roger,” Hugh said. “He was the best recruiter

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