Dominique Wilkins is an NBA Hall of Famer with nine-NBA All-Star appearances, more than 26,000 career points, two slam dunk titles and his own life-sized statue outside of Phillips Arena.
Still, today at 2:45 p.m. he’ll add “one of the most meaningful” accolades to his resume when CBA Sports dedicates a court to Wilkins at Suwanee Sports Academy (Ga.).
SSA is one of the premiere gyms in the Southeast for grassroots basketball with more than 600,000 athletes and spectators coming through its doors every year. NBA stars like reigning league MVP Stephen Curry, Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo are just a few of the big names that have played at SSA.
“It’s a great honor to have the court dedicated,” Wilkins said. “It’s even bigger for me because SSA is really second to none in terms of what they have to offer for the kids. I’m humbled by it.”
The idea came about “a couple of months ago,” according to CBA Sports’ VP of marketing Jay Liley.
The court reads: “Dominique Wilkins NBA Hall of Famer” with Wilkins’, who was nicknamed “The Human Highlight Film”, classic “Highlight Man” logo.
“We felt, with all of the grassroots stars that come through that gym, how cool would it be for players to play on a collegiate court that resembles an NBA court with “Mr. Basketball” himself Dominique Wilkins as the customized attraction,” Liley said. “Dominique used to coach at SSA and he’s a legend here… And everywhere else for that matter. It just made a lot of sense.”
Wilkins will address players and parents during the ceremony about what it takes to make it to the next level and share stories about his past experiences.
Wilkins will hold his first basketball camp in the state of Georgia at SSA on July 18.
“It’s just an honor because SSA is a place where kids can not only get top notch training, but top notch teaching as well,” Wilkins said. “The guys here teach the importance of fundamentals and they also have after school programs to help the kids off the court. That’s what it’s all about for me.”
Check out Dominique Wilkins’ highlights below.
Follow Jason Jordan on Twitter: @JayJayUSATODAY