The amazing tale of former Wayne State player and Harlem Globetrotter Earnest Wagner Jr.

December 21, 2012 in Division II, Professional

By Patrick Hayes

Justice B. Hill of SB Nation has an incredible, in-depth story on the life of former Wayne State basketball player and Harlem Globetrotter Earnest Wagner Jr.:

Their basketball skills got them into Wayne State University, a big deal only a few years after Jackie Robinson had integrated Major League Baseball. Together, they spent a whirlwind three years on campus, excelling on the court: Kline, the skilled forward; Wagner, the ball-handling guard with a deadeye shot. He knew he was good, the team’s best player, so some people told him. Better than Kline or Charlie “King Snake” Primas, the team’s other star. “There was a lot of things I guess people seen about me that I didn’t see about myself,” Wagner says. “Sometimes, I really underestimated myself.” He laughs at the thought. “That’s a shame, ain’t it?”

You won’t regret going to read this.


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