Sport: Thinking Small Pays Big

Quick, now, basketball fans, who is the best college forward in the country? Sidney Wicks of U.C.L.A.? Well, some pro scouts insist that unpublicized Travis Grant of Kentucky State can shoot circles around Wicks. How about the best guard? Wrong again—not Austin Carr of Notre Dame. Those in the know say that Tuskegee has a ball-hawking hustler named Kendall Mayfield who has moves that make Carr look like he is standing still.

Such opinions are, of course, purely subjective. Yet when they come from professional basketball scouts, they bear checking out. That, in fact,...

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