The ACC Basketball Book of Fame

The ACC Basketball Book of Fame


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The ACC Basketball Book of Fame by Dan Collins

No Chris Paul? No Walter Davis?
What is this guy, blind? Brain-addled?

Actually, he's neither. Dan Collins was already immersed in ACC basketball the day in 1971 he and the Carmichael Auditorium faithful lustily booed the visiting South Carolina Gamecocks, the conference villains of his student days. Since then, in his tenure at the Chapel Hill Newspaper and his 20-plus years as Wake Forest beat reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal, he has watched countless ACC games and interviewed and written about greats from Juan Dixon to Christian Laettner to Ralph Sampson to Michael Jordan.

Collins devoted two years to devising a system to fairly select an ACC Basketball Hall of Fame. Most of his inductees have universal appeal—from latter-day greats including Tyler Hansbrough and J. J. Redick to old-timers including Len Chappell and Ronnie Shavlik. But others are nearly forgotten gems, like Lou Pucillo, the five-nine high-school benchwarmer discovered playing against the Philadelphia School for the Blind and Deaf.

The 78 illustrated player profiles in this book will prove an anecdote- and trivia-filled delight even to fans who think they know ACC basketball. Remember Tim Duncan's comment after Randolph Childress beaned a Duke fan with a postgame full-court heave?* Or David Thompson's legendary kindnesses to reporters, fans, and critics? Readers will especially enjoy the "Portico of Prominence" chapter, which recognizes players—among them Paul and Davis—who were undoubtedly great but didn't accumulate the credentials for admission to the Hall of Fame.

Longtime ACC scribe Dan Collins's cards are on the table. Let the argument begin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780895876065
Publisher: John F Blair, Publisher
Publication date: 09/28/2013
Pages: 319
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

"My Take on Wake," Dan Collins's blog for the Winston-Salem Journal, has attracted 17 million hits. Collins is the author of Tales from the Wake Forest Hardwood. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Dave Odom

Tyler Zeller—North Carolina
Nolan Smith—Duke
Kyle Singler—Duke
Malcolm Delaney—Virginia Tech
Greivis Vasquez—Maryland
Tyler Hansbrough—North Carolina
Jared Dudley—Boston College
Shelden Williams—Duke
J. J. Redick—Duke
Julius Hodge—N.C. State
Josh Howard—Wake Forest
Jason Williams—Duke
Joseph Forte—North Carolina
Juan Dixon—Maryland
Shane Battier—Duke
Chris Carrawell—Duke
Antawn Jamison—North Carolina
Trajan Langdon—Duke
Matt Harpring—Georgia Tech
Tim Duncan—Wake Forest
Joe Smith—Maryland
Randolph Childress—Wake Forest
Grant Hill—Duke
Rodney Rogers—Wake Forest
Bobby Hurley—Duke
Kenny Anderson—Georgia Tech
Bryant Stith—Virginia
Christian Laettner—Duke
Rodney Monroe—N.C. State
J. R. Reid—North Carolina
Danny Ferry—Duke
Kenny Smith—North Carolina
Mark Price—Georgia Tech
Johnny Dawkins—Duke
Len Bias—Maryland
Mark Alarie—Duke
Michael Jordan—North Carolina
Sam Perkins—North Carolina
Ralph Sampson—Virginia
James Worthy—North Carolina
Al Wood—North Carolina
Jeff Lamp—Virginia
Albert King—Maryland
Gene Banks—Duke
Hawkeye Whitney—N.C. State
Mike O'Koren—North Carolina
Mike Gminski—Duke
Jim Spanarkel—Duke
Rod Griffin—Wake Forest
Phil Ford—North Carolina
Kenny Carr—N.C. State
Skip Brown—Wake Forest
John Lucas—Maryland
Mitch Kupchak—North Carolina
David Thompson—N.C. State
Tom McMillen—Maryland
Tommy Burleson—N.C. State
Barry Parkhill—Virginia
John Roche—South Carolina
Tom Owens—South Carolina
Charlie Davis—Wake Forest
Charlie Scott—North Carolina
Larry Miller—North Carolina
Bob Verga—Duke
Bob Lewis—North Carolina
Jack Marin—Duke
Billy Cunningham—North Carolina
Jeff Mullins—Duke
Art Heyman—Duke
Art Whisnant—South Carolina
Len Chappell—Wake Forest
York Larese—North Carolina
Lee Shaffer—North Carolina
Lou Pucillo—N.C. State
Pete Brennan—North Carolina
Lennie Rosenbluth—North Carolina
Ronnie Shavlik—N.C. State
Vic Molodet—N.C. State
Dickie Hemric—Wake Forest

The Portico of Prominence


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