Looking Back - Rich Yunkus

Jan. 16, 2009

By Jim Sumner – The ACC.com – Rich Yunkus was a high school senior in Benton, Illinois when he received an unexpected phone call from Oxford, England. Bill Bradley was on the line, the same Bill Bradley who had been the nation’s best college player a few years earlier at Princeton.

Bradley was in England, studying on a Rhodes Scholarship, but thought that calling Yunkus on behalf of his alma mater was an important use of his time.

Yunkus eventually got used to this sort of thing. John Havlicek called to pitch Ohio State. Southern California offered to have John Wayne meet Yunkus at the airport, if he would only agree to visit the school. Over 200 universities offered him basketball scholarships.

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