Three years ago, Scene profiled the sad story of Rodney Lemons
, the former pride of Beachwood High School who, in 1991, was voted one of the best high school basketball players in the country by a team of scouts.
His dreams of playing for Michigan came to a halt when the school couldn’t come through with a scholarship. So the basketball star landed at Casper College in Wyoming, thinking he’d then transfer to a Division I school. But a drunken classmate would intervene with these plans.
During a team party in 1992, some people started trash-talking about black students. Lemons fought back, not realizing that one of the trash-talkers had a knife. Lemons was stabbed three times in the arm. He tried to make a comeback, playing for a junior college in Illinois, then earning a scholarship to the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he went head to head against Ray Allen in the NCAA tournament. After graduation, he spent a decade working out at NBA teams’ training camps. He never made the final cut and spent years fighting depression...