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What a moment, when a giant of a man in stature and accomplishments—and a Gardner-Webb alum—strode past his friend and introducer Julius “Dr. J” Irving to the microphone on that hallowed stage and, to the guests in attendance, including GWU President Dr. Frank Bonner, said, “My name is Artis Gilmore, and I am a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.” Gilmore was one of 10 individuals to be named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011, in August’s induction ceremony in Springfield, Mass. The seven-foot-two Gilmore, who was nicknamed “A Train” for his dominance on the court, enjoyed a 17-year professional career in basketball after shredding the nets as a Runnin’ Bulldog.

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Gardner-Webb University


Boiling Springs


Artis Gilmore, Basketball, Basketball Hall of Fame, Bill Russell, Dr. Frank Bonner, Enola Gay, Jerry West, John Wooden, Julius Irving, Roy Williams, Wilt Chamberlain

GWU Alumnus Artis Gilmore Eclipses Basketball’s Highest Peak