Former Beachwood Star Rodney Lemons Finally Finds His Calling

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...
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