Former UGA star Edwards is finalist for Hall of Fame

Dominique Wilkins is the only former University of Georgia player in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Teresa Edwards soon might join him there.

Teresa Edwards after winning gold medal in 1996 Olympics (AJC file photo)

Teresa Edwards after winning gold medal in 1996 Olympics (AJC file photo)

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

28 comments Add your comment

German Shepherd Dawg

February 19th, 2011
12:18 am

Good morning, Tim.

She deserves it. Great player. Wish she and Katrina McClain had won that NC.

Monroe's first Redcoat

February 19th, 2011
12:27 am

Without a doubt. Edwards in HOF. If she doesn’t make it, the votes are a travesty.

dawg in aubarrn

February 19th, 2011
12:47 am

this year is fine but about next year’s recuithing

Auburn Fan

February 19th, 2011
12:56 am

Anybody know how long it takes to re-grow 130 year old trees??

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Brucerugby79

February 19th, 2011
6:30 am

probably should not have allowed comments other than about Teresa-She belongs in the Hall of Fame

SidArnwine

February 19th, 2011
7:40 am

How is Bernard King not alreadyin the HOF? And how or why IS Ralph Sampson even nominated? Is Al McGuire in heaven still promoting Sampson? King was a dominant player for many years in the NBA. I’d be willing to bet if the HOF polled players he played against he would be in in a landslide.

Dan

February 19th, 2011
8:05 am

Auburn Fan “Anybody know how long it takes to re-grow 130 year old trees??”

Bet they make good firewood.

Too Easy

February 19th, 2011
8:37 am

Should be a slam dunk.

P-Man

February 19th, 2011
10:18 am

Her 4 years corresponded with my 4 years. I saw her play almost every home and playoff game. She was tremendous, could be running full speed, stop on a dime, and, with the opposing team stumbling past her put up a sweet jump shot. Simply amazing. Definitely HOF material.

collegeballfan

February 19th, 2011
12:10 pm

Teresa Edwards is one of the great basketball players in the history of the game. To add to the accolades Tucker gives in his column, Edwards played in 19 international tournaments winning 14 gold metals.

We will never see her like again.

Not bad for a little girl from Cairo.

ugab

February 19th, 2011
12:43 pm

Teresa Edwards is a great athelete and a great person as well. She is from Cairo, Ga. That’s right! Home of the Syrupmakers! Go Makers!

FBR

February 19th, 2011
2:36 pm

Teresa Edwards is the finest all around female roundballer I have ever seen—-and I’m not even a UGA fan—–If you’ve never seen her play–you missed something very special.

college is forever

February 19th, 2011
2:42 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com Ms Edwards we are proud of the way you played and represent UGA and your Country. You are truly one Damn Good Dawg!!

gatorman770

February 19th, 2011
3:19 pm

Teresa Edwards wonderful play was one of the main reasons I started watching ladies basketball in the ’80s. She has always been a joy to watch and should already be in the HOF!

Top Row Dawg

February 20th, 2011
2:33 am

Damn good dog TE!!!

oldbird

February 20th, 2011
10:59 am

I was at UGA when Theresa was there. The lady dawgs lost in the finals I believe to Old Dominion. They had a reception for them at the student center, which I went to and met Theresa. She was all class as were most of the lady dawgs. Surely she will get in the hall of fame. I can’t imagine anyone more deserving.

Sluggo

February 20th, 2011
11:34 am

Congrats to Teresa. Definitely deserving. One of the greatest to have played the game. The Hall of Fame also needs to wake up and induct Charles “Lefty” Driesell, who with 786 wins, NCAA tournament appearances with four different schools, including Georgia State, and the creator of “March Madness,” is somehow not in the HOF.

42-34 Dawgs STILL Run This State!

February 20th, 2011
8:55 pm

Teresa Edwards is a DGD and definitely deserves to be in the HOF!

just a fan

February 20th, 2011
9:16 pm

Don’t know if anyone watched the slam dunk competition but Sir Charles said he thought Teresa Edwards was the best female basketball player ever

Syrupmaker

February 21st, 2011
8:34 am

Sop ‘em Syrupmakers!

jarvis

February 21st, 2011
9:52 am

NBA needs to get its own HOF. The “Basketball HOF” sucks.

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February 21st, 2011
10:17 am

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aprilglaspie

February 21st, 2011
12:04 pm

Auburn players thought it was pretty funny to strip branches off the hedges at Sanford Stadium. Instant Karma’s gonna get you. Not condoning Rammer jammer redneck stupidity, just sayin’.

And Teresa Edwards is the greatest female basketball player ever. Her Olympics career is unassailable. If she is not in this HOF, what women’s hoops player is? And Katrina McClain is a must -pick too.

Dawglasville

February 21st, 2011
12:54 pm

I actually went to see a couple of games when I was at UGA because of Edwards and McClain. I agree with some of the earlier post. If she doesn’t get in then what woman basketball player does?

Hector

February 21st, 2011
2:57 pm

Is Teresa related to Terrance??

DawgVoiceofReason

February 21st, 2011
6:58 pm

I was at UGA when Theresa played and got to see most of her career there. She and Katrina were great then and for her to play at such a high level for such a long time is truly a remarkable achievement and more than worthy of the HOF. I also heard the high praise from Charles Barkley.

DSGB

February 22nd, 2011
12:30 pm

Teresa is very deserving, I’m from Cairo and I remember when she would come home and host 3 on 3 tournments and have basketball camps. Great indvidual and she taught me alot about sportsmanship!!! Good Luck Teresa