CCU legend Dunkin joins S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame

ccuhoops-dunkinFormer Coastal Carolina basketball standout Tony Dunkin, who lead the Chanticleers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance, will be inducted to the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dunkin is the only basketball player in NCAA history to be named its Conference Player of the Year four times while playing for the Chants from the 1989-90 to 1992-93 seasons. A native of Rains, SC, he was inducted into the Coastal Carolina Sasser Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999 and the inaugural Big South Hall of Fame Class of 2003. He is one of three Chanticleers with a retired jersey and was voted to the Big South’s All-Decade team for the 1990s.

Dunkin was named the Big South Tournament MVP twice in leading the Chanticleers to titles in 1991 and 1993, as well as two NCAA Tournaments berths (1991 and 1993), and was part of the team that defeated Jackson State in a “play-in” game to become the first Big South team ever to play in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. He finished his career as CCU’s all-time leading scorer (2,151 points), and also set the Big South Conference career scoring record and led the Chanticleers to an 81-43 record during his career.

Dunkin will join the Class of 2017, which includes two former NFL defensive backs in Andre Goodman of the University of South Carolina and Donnell Woolford of Clemson, along with former Furman and Vanderbilt head football coach Bobby Johnson, former Clemson pitcher Kris Benson, former Benedict College basketball star Bob McCullough and Willie Simon of South Carolina State.

The seven individuals will be forever enshrined with the state’s highest athletic honor on May 15 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The event, which includes a host of returning past inductees, is the largest annual celebration of Palmetto State sports stars under one roof.

In addition to the inductees donning of the symbolic blue jackets, recognition will be extended to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers for their NCAA Baseball Championship and to the Clemson Tigers for capturing the National Football Championship.
Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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