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Julius Jenkins

Julius Jenkins

Georgia Southern University player Julius Jenkins is the basketball team's all-time top scorer, with 1,870 points during his college career.

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Jeff Sanders

Jeff Sanders

Georgia Southern basketball player Jeff Sanders (jersey number 42) is one of the university's best-known players. After excelling on the collegiate level during the late 1980s, Sanders went on to play for a few teams in the NBA, including the Atlanta Hawks.

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Johnny Mills

Johnny Mills

Johnny Mills holds the Georgia Southern University basketball records for best career average and best season average for points scored. He played for the Eagles in the early 1970s.

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Michael Curry

Michael Curry

Michael Curry played basketball for Georgia Southern University from 1986 to 1990. One of the Eagles' best-known players, Curry broke records for the school before going on to play for the NBA.

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Lou Hudson

Lou Hudson

Lou Hudson (left) of the Atlanta Hawks plays against the Buffalo Braves, circa 1970. Known by teammates as "Super Lou" or "Sweet Lou," Hudson is one of only three Hawks players to have his number, twenty-three, retired by the team.

Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks player Al Harrington (left) attempts a rebound during a game with the Phoenix Suns at Philips Arena (later State Farm Arena) in 2006. The Hawks franchise moved to Atlanta from St. Louis, Missouri, in 1968.

Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks scores against the Indiana Pacers, circa 1985. Known as the "human highlight film," Wilkins joined the Hawks in 1982 and ten years later became the team's all-time leading scorer.

Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks

Jon Koncak (left) and Duane Ferrell (right) of the Atlanta Hawks attempt to block a shot made by Glen Rice of the Miami Heat in 1992.

Lon Kruger

Lon Kruger

Lon Kruger coaches during an Atlanta Hawks home game, played in October 2000 at Philips Arena (later State Farm Arena). Kruger served as the head coach for the Hawks from 2000 to 2002.

Harry the Hawk

Harry the Hawk

Two members of the dance squad for the Atlanta Hawks pose with the team mascot, Harry the Hawk. The twenty-member dance team performs at all the Hawks' home games, which are played in State Farm Arena.

Hubie Brown

Hubie Brown

Hubie Brown coaches the Atlanta Hawks on January 3, 1979. Brown served as head coach of the Hawks from 1976 until 1981, winning the NBA's coach of the year award in 1978.

Walt Frazier

Walt Frazier

Walt Frazier, a guard for the New York Knicks, plays in a 1969 game against the Seattle SuperSonics. Frazier, a native of Atlanta, played for the Knicks from 1967 until 1976, during which time he often led the team in both assists and scoring.

Photograph by Wikimedia

Final Four Team

Final Four Team

The UGA men's basketball team, holding its third-place NCAA trophy, poses with Uga, the school mascot, on the tarmac of the airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1983 the team played in its first NCAA tournament, advancing to the Final Four before losing to North Carolina State University, the eventual champion.

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1983 Final Four

1983 Final Four

The Bulldogs' progression to the 1983 NCAA Final Four is a highlight in the history of the men's basketball program at the University of Georgia. The team, playing in its first NCAA tournament, beat the University of North Carolina to make it into the semifinals.

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D. A. Layne

D. A. Layne

D. A. Layne, a former UGA guard from Marietta, drives down the court during a 2000-2001 season game. Layne, a consistent shooter, broke a school record when he scored ninety-one three-pointers in a single season.

Courtesy of James Hipple

Tubby Smith

Tubby Smith

Orlando "Tubby" Smith coached the men's basketball team at the University of Georgia from 1995 to 1997. During his tenure, Smith led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen tournament.

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Dennis Felton

Dennis Felton

Dennis Felton, the former head coach at Western Kentucky University, assumed the head coaching position for the UGA men's basketball team in 2003.

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Jarvis and Jonas Hayes

Jarvis and Jonas Hayes

Jarvis and Jonas Hayes, identical twins and fan favorites, played together for the UGA men's basketball team during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Jonas played an additional season for the Bulldogs in 2004 after Jarvis left to play professionally for the Washington Wizards.

Courtesy of University of Georgia Sports Communications Office

Alexander Memorial Coliseum

Alexander Memorial Coliseum

Alexander Memorial Coliseum, nicknamed the Thrillerdome, in Atlanta is named for former men's coach William Alexander, who revitalized Georgia Tech's basketball program in 1919. The coliseum has been the home of the Yellow Jackets since 1956.

Courtesy of Georgia Tech Sports Information

Georgia Tech Basketball

Georgia Tech Basketball

Luke Schenscher attempts to score for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the 2004-5 basketball season.

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Jarret Jack

Jarret Jack

Jarret Jack dribbles down the court for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, coached by Paul Hewitt, during a 2004-5 season game.

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John “Whack” Hyder

John “Whack” Hyder

John "Whack" Hyder coached the Georgia Tech men's basketball team during the 1960s and 1970s. He led the team to its first NCAA tournament game in 1960 and continued over the next two decades to build up the strength of the program.

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Bobby Cremins

Bobby Cremins

Bobby Cremins coached the Georgia Tech men's basketball team to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 1985. The all-time winningest coach for the Yellow Jackets, Cremins served as head coach of the team from 1981 to 2000.

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Isma’il Muhammad

Isma’il Muhammad

Isma'il Muhammad, a player for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2004-5 season, dunks the ball during a game. Georgia Tech has produced a number of outstanding players, including dozens who were drafted by professional teams.

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Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins, who began his career at the University of Georgia, was one of the most popular players for the Atlanta Hawks from 1982 until 1994, when he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. Wilkins later played for the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, and Orlando Magic, as well as for professional teams in Greece and Italy.

Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins

Former Atlanta Hawks player Dominique Wilkins, pictured in 2000 at Philips Arena (later State Farm Arena) in Atlanta, returned to the team in an administrative capacity in 2001. In 2004 he was named vice president of the Hawks franchise and was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Pete Maravich

Pete Maravich

In the first of his four seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, "Pistol Pete" Maravich, right, was named to the National Basketball Association's All-Rookie Team. He gained a reputation as an accurate long-range shooter, and his ball handling and flair pleased crowds.

Photograph by Wikimedia