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This picture defies logic as Hugh Durham’s star Georgia player and The Top Dog of Dunk, Dominique Wilkins, shows why many knowledgeable analysts consider him basketball’s all-time best dunker with this monster, reverse jam.

in college basketball and I’d maintain the best there’s ever been. He signed three MacDonald’s High School AllAmericans for Georgia in Wilkins, Fleming and Banks. He also signed other great players such as Charles Barkley and Chuck Person for Auburn, Tico Brown and Sammy Drummer at Georgia Tech and John Drew at Gardner-Webb when he coached at those schools. Fleming, Barkley, Person and Drew had productive NBA careers, as of course, Wilkins did. What volumes that speaks for Coach Banks. “Additionally, Roger was an excellent on-the-floor coach. In a Sports Illustrated article, Barkley gave Coach Banks credit for teaching him the proper way to rebound. Roger compiled an outstanding career as a high school head coach, which included a third-place state championship tournament finish and coaching eventual N.C. State University and NBA standout Tommy Burleson.” Hugh’s success and the upgrading of Georgia’s program eliminated the view around the SEC that only traditional basketball power Kentucky could succeed in a football league. Under his watch, Georgia was regularly in the upper division of the SEC and fighting for NCAA Tournament appearances. In his early years at UGA,

“Hugh Durham is one of the major influences in my life. Without his guidance, I don’t know if I would have developed into the type of player I became as a collegian, and later as a professional. Coach Durham is a great motivator. He’s also the most charismatic, innovative and best coach I’ve ever been associated with. He treated me more like a son than a player, and I will never forget that.” -Dominique Wilkins, Player for Hugh Durham at the University of Georgia and NBA Hall of Famer with the Atlanta Hawks


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May 2012

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