Seen and heard last night at the Entertainment & Sports Arena in Raleigh, N.C.:
WHY AREN’T YOU IN MIAMI? This comes from the lest they forget file. Calvin McCall, former Maryland quarterback turned full-time basketball player, was savagely ripped in the first half by a courtside heckler. It all started when McCall drew an off-ball foul from Wolfpack senior guard Archie Miller, who fired a forearm into McCall’s body. As McCall approached the foul line to shoot a one-and-one, the Wolfpack heckler yelled, “How’s football going McCall? Remember a couple of years ago when we hurt you? … You sissy!” McCall made the front end of his one-and-one.
LEADER OF THE ‘PACK David Thompson, the greatest player in N.C. State’s basketball history, worked the game as a guest commentator for Fox Sports. When he played, the 6-foot-4 Thompson could jump so high that he was able to snatch quarters off the top of backboards. To this day, the Wolfpack faithful have never seen another talent like Thompson and his 42-inch vertical leap.
Thompson played in an age (1973-75) when freshmen were ineligible for varsity competition. Thompson’s integrity would be lost on today’s youth. For example, as an 18-year-old sophomore, Thompson shredded the ACC for 24.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, earned his first ACC player of the year award, became the youngest Associated Press first-team All-American ever, and promptly turned down a $1.5 million offer from the Kentucky Colonels of the defunct American Basketball Association (ABA) to remain with the Wolfpack. Thompson turned down an NBA offer following his junior season to stay in Raleigh. The Philadelphia 76ers shoved $2 million in Thompson’s face, but he declined. As a junior, Thompson led the Wolfpack to the 1974 national championship and averaged 26 points and 7.9 rebounds.