Illustrious List has Plenty of Ties to Hawks
On Tuesday afternoon the McDonald’s All American Games released a list of its 35 greatest participants as part of celebrating the 35th anniversary. It was not surprising that Hawks’ Legend Dominique Wilkins was included on the list, but there were also five others named that have ties (some stronger than others) to Atlanta’s NBA team.
First thing is first, let’s take a look at Wilkins spot on the list. Wilkins was part of an impressive 1979 game that included (among others) Byron Scott, Isiah Thomas, James Worthy, Clark Kellogg, and Ralph Sampson. Here is what Ronnie Flores from ESPNHS.com had to stay about ‘Nique as a prep:
Dominique Wilkins, Washington (Washington, N.C.), 1979
Legendary McDonald’s All-American selection committee member Howard Garfinkel dubbed Dominique “The Human Highlight Film” at his Five-Star Camp and the name stuck throughout his Hall of Fame career. ‘Nique competed in every major summer camp and played in five national high school all-star games (players can’t do that now) after averaging 30 points and 17 rebounds as a senior. In high school, he showed signs of becoming what he’s now considered — one of the NBA’s greatest scoring forwards and a master dunker.
Apart from Wilkins, there are five others that were included in the “Top-35” that have donned a Hawks uniform:
- Doc Rivers: Doc holds career and single-season assist records for the Atlanta franchise while playing 8 years as a Hawk from 1983-91. Rivers scored 20 points in the 1980 edition of the McDonald’s All American Game.
- Christian Laettner: Laettner played 3 years for the Hawks averaging 15.8 ppg. Laettner battled with an impressive front court in the 1988 game, with Shawn Kemp and Alonzo Mourning also suiting up.
- Glenn Robinson: The “Big Dogg” played 69 games with the Hawks during the 2003-04 season, averaging 20.8 points per contest. Robinson combined with Chris Webber to score 58 points in a West victory during the 1991 game.
- Jerry Stackhouse: The only current Hawk named to the top-35, Stack participated in the 1993 game. He played his senior season at Oak Hill Academy (VA) where his team went 36-0 and won the “national championship” behind his 25.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4 assists per game.
- Danny Manning: Manning only played 26 games as a Hawk, averaging 15.7 ppg. He played in the 1984 McDonald’s All-American Game.
There you have it. It is quite an honor to be included in this list. Just think of all of the great players that have participated in the first 34 years…