It seems wrong to borrow a baseball metaphor for college basketball, but it can't be helped: Just read five "where are they now?" stories that knocked it out of the park.
Guess it shouldn't be a surprise since ESPN's Dana O'Neil wrote 'em…
Anyway, there's something for everyone in this batch of former NCAA tournament heroes:
|U.S. Reed, left, leaves the court with Darrell Walker after Reed's shot.
After a career in Europe, Georgia Tech's James Forrest – whose turnaround shot stunned USC in the 1992 tourney – now runs a sports academy for kids in Atlanta. He hopes to eventually build a hoops facility.
U.S. Reed – the Razorback who put up the dribbling, weaving, 49-foot heave that KO'd defending champ Louisville in 1981 – no longer plays basketball, but says people everywhere still ask him about the shot. (Who wouldn't?)
Do Steve Goodrich and Gabe Lewullis ring a bell? Must not be a UCLA fan. Goodrich made the pass to Lewullis during the 1996 first-round game that capped Princeton's amazing upset of defending champion UCLA. Lewullis is now the chief resident in orthopedic surgery in a Philadelphia hospital. Goodrich works for 1st Century, a bank he helped start in California.
Harold "The Show" Arceneaux is still one of my favorites from March. Watching him score 36 for Weber State during a first-round upset of North Carolina in 1999 was sheer joy. He may have sunk my bracket that year, but the show was worth it. Needless t say, the nickname stuck, and Arceneaux took the show on the road.
Bu the best one (personal bias showing) is the last one: Catching up with Wyoming's Fennis Dembo. You know, the "Dazzling Dude," who graced the cover of the 1987-88 Sports Illustrated college hoops preview?
A week before my 10th birthday, I watched Fennis drop 41 points and lead my home-state Pokes past UCLA in the second-round of the tourney. It was the kind of thing that sticks with a kid his whole life, and even shapes his adult life. That was me and my friends.
Like Marty, who used to have a framed copy hanging on his wall. Or Joe, who uses a signed copy of that SI cover as his Facebook profile photo. Or Eli, who lives all things Cowboys despite working on the East Coast.
Oops. The hoops nostalgia's getting a little thick in here…