March 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tree Rollins

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are of Tree Rollins during his time at Clemson in the late 1970’s. Tree Rollins real name is Wayne Monte Rollins, but everyone called him Tree. At a height of seven foot one, it’s easy to see why. Tree was also the first Clemson athlete to have their jersey retired.

Wayne Monte “Tree” Rollins (born June 16, 1955, in Winter Haven, Florida) played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. He was primarily known under his playing name, Tree. The 7-foot-1-inch 275 pound Clemson graduate played center, and gained high esteem for his defense, particularly his rebounding and shot-blocking ability. He finished in the top three in blocked shots six times, leading the league during the 1982–83 NBA season.

At the time of his retirement in 1995, he was fourth all-time in career blocked shots, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Mark Eaton. He currently holds the seventh highest total of career blocked shots, with 2,542. The Tiger Pregame Show On Facebook Tigerpregame on Twitter Scott Rhymer can be reached at

Originally published at on March 25, 2015.

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