Here's a link to an excellent article on SI on Trojan Dewayne Dedmon and his strange journey towards becoming a D1 basketball player:
When Horton finished talking with one of his players, the boy walked over. He wore an enormous pair of beat-up hightops, ratty shorts and a white T-shirt so large it looked like a muumuu. He hunched over, as if trying to shrink to standard proportions. "Coach," he said, "my name is Dewayne Dedmon. I want to play basketball."
Instantly Horton recognized the name. For years stories had floated around the valley about a tall kid who wasn't allowed to play basketball, but the coach had never believed them. He heard lots of stories. Most came from the kids themselves. Every year dozens of cocky teenagers approached Horton and assured him they'd score 20 a game if only he'd give them a uniform and the rock. To weed out the dreamers and boasters, he told them, "Come back next week." Only one in 10 ever did.
"O.K., Dewayne Dedmon, how about we see what you got," Horton said. "Show up next Tuesday at 3 p.m., and we'll work you out."
Dedmon nodded. "Yes, sir," he said. "I'll see you then."
It's incredible stuff and it almost reads like an outline to an uplifting sports movie. Hopefully this one will have a happy ending for both the Trojans and Dedmon. FIGHT ON!