Professional wrestlers Paul Wight (Wichita State and Southern Illinois), and Glenn Jacobs (Quincy and Northeast Missouri)
Wrestling loves it some behemoths, and two of the WWE’s tallest stars both made their bones on the b-ball court before body slamming replaced dribbling.
Jacobs tried a number of wrestling personae before striking gold as the masked mammoth Kane, but at Quincy he was still a baby-faced b-baller. The 6’10” center moved on to Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State U) on a basketball scholarship for the ’88-89 season, where he shot .62 percent from the field and averaged 6.8 rebounds per game, but surprisingly only blocked one shot. He soon switched to football, which more suited his professional career aspirations.
Wight’s college career had a distinct and unfortunate lack of choke slams, but the 7-footer still threw his weight around as center for the Shockers in the 1991-92 season, averaging 2.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 21 games. He apparently talked so much trash that he got himself benched multiple times -- probably the only skill that carried over from his playing days to his current day job. Wight has been antagonizing thousands of people in the ring on Monday nights since 1999 as beloved WWE wrestler The Big Show. That said -- how is the Shocker not the name for a spinning variant on a pile driver?