Stepson of Dominique Wilkins – another NBA connection for U.Va., ACC

isaiah-wilkinsIsaiah Wilkins’ commitment to Virginia this week brings additional NBA pedigree to the Cavaliers’ future roster, David Teel of the Daily Post writes.

A 6-foot-8 senior forward at the Greater Atlanta Christian School, Wilkins is the stepson of former NBA all-star Dominique Wilkins, a 2006 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. He chose Virginia over Miami, Memphis, Southern Methodist and Wichita State.

Wilkins is part of a 2014 recruiting class that also includes B.J. Stith, son of former Virginia All-American and NBA player Bryant Stith. The younger Stith transferred this year from Brunswick County High School to Oak Hill Academy.

The only other at U.Va. that I recall is Chris Havlicek, whose father, John, starred at Ohio State (Jerry Lucas and Bob Knight were teammates) and with the Boston Celtics. Chris was a reserve for the Cavaliers from 1991-94, playing on three NCAA tournament teams and a NIT champion.

Mike Krzyzewski has coached at least four NBA sons, each of whom made All-ACC: Mike Dunleavy (Mike Sr.), Gerald Henderson (Gerald Sr.), Austin Rivers (Doc) and Seth Curry (Dell).

Two of Hall of Famer’s Rick Barry’s sons, Drew and Jon, earned all-conference recognition at Georgia Tech. Most recently, Glen Rice (Glen Sr.) led the 2012 Yellow Jackets in scoring average.

Sean May led North Carolina to the 2005 national title and was voted the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. His father, Scott, was the national player of the year in 1976, leading Indiana to an undefeated season — the Hoosiers remain Division I’s most recent unbeaten champion.

Scott May was the No. 2 pick of the 1976 draft, by the Chicago Bulls; Sean was the No. 13 pick in 2005, by the Charlotte Bobcats.

Richmond native Ed Davis was a freshman on North Carolina’s 2009 national champions. His father, Terry, starred at Virginia Union and was a NBA journeyman.

(UNC sports information czar Steve Kirschner adds two more to the list: Larry Drew II (Larry) and Dean Shaffer (Lee). Drew transferred to UCLA in 2011; Lee Shaffer was the 1960 ACC player of the year for the Tar Heels, and Dean appeared in 10 games in the 1980-81 season.)

Damien Wilkins (Gerald) was a double-figure scorer at North Carolina State for two seasons (2000 and ’01) before transferring to Georgia, alma mater of Dominique Wilkins, his uncle.

Former Clemson, Oklahoma and NBA forward Harvey Grant will have had three sons play in the ACC once the 2013-14 season opens. Jerai Grant spent four years at Clemson, graduating in 2011. His brothers, Jerian and Jerami, play for ACC newcomers Syracuse and Notre Dame, respectively.



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