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News Community Franklin native Dan Collins pens book about ACC basketball greats

Dan CollinsFranklin native Dan Collins will be at Books Unlimited on Saturday, Oct. 12 to sign copies of his book, "The ACC Basketball Book of Fame," a book praising the greatest players in conference history.

As a longtime sports columnist for the Winston- Salem Journal, Collins has covered every ACC tournament since 1974. Throughout his career, he has been exposed to some of the greatest players to enter college and professional basketball. Collins' history with the ACC also makes him the perfect person to develop the first ever ACC Hall of Fame. To start, Collins developed an objective system by collecting and assigning numerical values to All-ACC voting and other awards and accolades. But what resulted is more than just a list of players. Each player profile is filled with fun facts and stories that will surprise and delight even the most devout ACC fan. Collectively, the profiles provide a wellrounded history of the conference, celebrating its past while setting the scene for its newest additions.

ACC sport reporting personality Dick Vitale has been one of many to praise the book. “In the ACC Basketball Hall of Fame, Dan Collins gives his perspective on the many greats that have made the ACC one of the top conferences. Don's experience in covering ACC games over the years allows him to go in-depth about the greats that have worn an ACC uniform, such as Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, and Ralph Sampson. Dan's work is awesome, baby, with a capital A!”

Though Collins is the first to establish an ACC Basketball Hall of Fame with objective criteria, he knows that his selections will create heated discussion about the greatest players to come out of the ACC, and he's ready. “I don't see my selections as the last word on who should be honored in an ACC Basketball Hall of Fame, but rather the first,” said Collins. “It's like what Winston Churchill said about democracy. My book is the worst way of determining an ACC Basketball Hall of Fame, except for all the others that have been tried.”

Collins will be at Books Unlimited on Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to sign copies of his book.


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