Dominique Wilkins is the only former University of Georgia player in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Teresa Edwards soon might join him there.
Edwards, a two-time All-American at UGA and a five-time Olympian, was named Friday among the 12 finalists for induction this year. A 24-member committee will determine which of the finalists get in; 18 votes are required for induction. The inductees will be announced April 3 at the men’s Final Four and enshrined in August in Springfield, Mass.
Edwards, a native of Cairo, Ga., put Lady Bulldogs basketball on the map in the 1980s. During her four seasons (1983-86), Georgia compiled a 116-7 record, won three SEC championships and reached the Final Four twice.
Her Olympics career spanned three decades, from 1984 in Los Angeles to 2000 in Sydney. She is the only U.S. basketball player, male or female, to compete in five Olympic Games. She was on teams that won gold medals in 1984, 1988, 1996 and 2000 and a bronze in 1992. She has the remarkable distinction of being the youngest and oldest women’s basketball player to win an Olympic gold medal.
Andy Landers, Georgia’s women’s basketball coach since 1979, put Edwards’ career in perspective this way, per a UGA news release Friday night:
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I truly believe Teresa Edwards is the greatest competitor to ever lace up a pair of high tops. She is the ‘Wilma Rudolph’ of women’s basketball. Teresa blazed a trail that I’m not sure anyone can or will ever follow. Five Olympic Games? To be one of the best, if not the best, players in the world over three decades? I’m not sure we’ll ever see that again.”
Other finalists for the Hall of Fame include former NBA players Dennis Rodman, Jamaal Wilkes, Chris Mullin, Maurice Cheeks and Ralph Sampson and coach Tex Winter, architect of the triangle offfense.
– Tim Tucker, UGA Blog