Ron Boone was often overshadowed on the 1963 Omaha Tech basketball team.
But he made the most of being on a team considered one of the greatest in Nebraska history.
With the help of a late growth spurt, Boone blossomed and eventually became a four-time All-Star in the American Basketball Association.
"I look back on the progress I made as a player, and it all started there at Tech," Boone said.
Boone estimates he was 5-foot-8 on that '63 Tech team. By the time he made his debut with Idaho State in '65, Boone had sprouted to 6-2 and began developing into a scoring machine.
Boone ranks third on the ABA career scoring list with 12,153 points, behind Louie Dampier and Dan Issel. In 1975 with the Utah Stars, Boone averaged a career-high 25.2 points.
He's probably best known for his remarkable ABA-NBA record of 1,041 consecutive games, playing through injuries as severe as separated shoulders.
When he showed up in Pocatello, Idaho, pro basketball wasn't even on the radar. By the time he finished his career under Claude Rutherford, making money playing the game he loved was suddenly a reality.
"During the first part of my senior year of college, Coach told me, 'You have the tools to make it at the next level,' " Boone said.
Boone is now a commentator for the Utah Jazz on both television and radio broadcasts.
Played for: Omaha Tech High, Iowa Western-Clarinda, Idaho State Bengals, Dallas Chaparrals, Texas Chaparrals, Utah Stars, Spirits of St. Louis, Kansas City Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz
Best athlete from Nebraska played with or against: Former Omaha Tech teammate Fred Hare. "He was probably the best high school player I ever saw."
Best moment as an athlete: "Any time you win a championship, it has to be your best personal moment. I did that in high school (1963) and with the Utah Stars in the ABA (1971)."
Boone was No. 24 in the inaugural Nebraska 100 list in 2005. See more about the 2005 list »