Many of us know current CBS analyst Wally Szczerbiak from his time on TV talking about college hoops and sharing some wisdom, while others may remember him from a 10-year NBA career that included a trip to one All-Star Game and playing with guys like Kevin Garnett and LeBron James.
As someone who grew up in Ohio and had way too many friends attend Miami (OH) in Oxford, I remember Szczerbiak from the “Wally’s World” persona he developed after leading his Redhawks to the Sweet 16 in 1999 with one of the most incredible individual performances in NCAA Tournament history.
An All-American in his senior season, Wally went off when the lights were the brightest, going for 43 points in an upset victory over Washington in the first-round, scoring 24 against Utah in another bracket busting win the next game, and, although his team lost in the Sweet 16 to Kentucky, he still put up 23 of his team’s 43 points that game.
Point blank, the guy was an artist at scoring the basketball.
I got to talk with Wally about this year’s March Madness, some of his favorite memories as a college hoops player and if he thinks he’s a more famous Miami (OH) alum than two-time Super Bowl champ Ben Roethlisberger, among other things, so check it out.
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