Former basketball star Chris Webber was once named Rookie of the Year and is widely regarded as one of the Sacramento Kings’ best ever centers. Such was his prowess on the court that he was named an NBA All-Star on five occasions and one of the All-NBA Team the same number of times. However, Webber’s proudest achievement is a long way away from the basketball court. Here, then, is a look at the milestone that the sporting hero once thought he’d never achieve.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1973, Chris Webber started his path to basketball stardom at high school. He won a hat trick of MHSAA State championships with Detroit Country Day School and was once crowned Michigan’s Mr. Basketball. Webber went on to study at the University of Michigan, where he became an integral member of the freshmen group known as the Fab Five.
Credited with injecting a hip-hop vibe into the sport, the Fab Five guided the Michigan Wolverines to two NCAA finals. What’s more, four of its members eventually made it into the NBA – Ray Jackson being the only player to unfortunately miss out. A major scandal was then to overshadow Webber and his teammates’ skills on the court, however.