7 Things You Didn't Know About Christian Laettner

April 3, 2017 · CLASSMATES FUN

Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Christian Laettner was a college basketball superstar. A center for the Duke Blue Devils from 1988 to 1992, he is regarded as one of the best players in the history of the NCAA. He remains the only college player to start in four consecutive Final Fours, and he helped Duke to win its first two NCAA championships. And he was the only college player to be chosen for the USA’s 1992 Olympic “Dream Team.”

Before all that, though, he was just a kid at Buffalo’s Nichols School. Here’s a quick look back:

Even as an 8th grader, he towered above the other kids (although he hadn’t yet reached his adult height of 6’ 11”).

As a freshman, he was already on the varsity basketball team and was 3rd highest on the team in points per game (16.6).

As a sophomore, he participated in three varsity sports: soccer, baseball, and (of course) basketball

He also played JV tennis as a senior.

He was a fan of both Prince and the Rolling Stones (as his senior page shows).

He wasn’t afraid to mix it up even in high school.

His schoolmates knew he was going places.



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