February 9, 2008
Cordele -- Crisp County high school did not miss the forest for the Tree Saturday night, as the school retired the jersey of former Cougar stand out Wayne "Tree" Rollins.
Rollins is a 1973 graduate of Crisp County, before going on to play college ball at Clemson, and continuing on to the NBA.
The 7-foot-1 center played 18 seasons in the league, with Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, and Orlando, and is 7th on the all-time shot blocking list.
Rollins is the only player in Clemson history to average a double-double all four years, and is the first player in any sports to have his number retired with the Tigers.
Tree Rollins was back home for his Jersey retirement ceremony with Crisp County Saturday night, and says its an emotional event.
"Having a high school jersey retired is a lot different than having a college jersey retired, or an NBA jersey retired," says Rollins. "High school is where it all got started, so obviously this is a very special moment."
Rollins is still the all-time leading shot blocker in Atlanta Hawks team history.