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National Collegiate Athletic Association. University of Houston Basketball NCAA Tournament Guide - Page 6. 1968. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 25, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/champ/item/546/show/536.

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National Collegiate Athletic Association. (1968). University of Houston Basketball NCAA Tournament Guide - Page 6. University of Houston Sports Championship Publications. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/champ/item/546/show/536

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Title University of Houston Basketball NCAA Tournament Guide
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  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
Publisher National Collegiate Athletic Association
Date 1968
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  • Basketball
  • College sports
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  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • University of Houston
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  • programs (documents)
Language English
Physical Description 16 page document
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Original Item Location ID 2009-006, Box7, Folder 5
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Digital Collection University of Houston Sports Championship Publications
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Transcript E L w I m HAYES The Long Road From His Backyard Is Just a Part of Elvin's Dream BY EDWARD WALSH Chronicle Reporter The boy walked slowly into the yard, the screen door slamming behind him. The intense Louisiana sun beat down on him as he stood quietly for a moment spinning the basketball in his large, awkward hands. Then he began to move, not with the power and grace that would become known to millions, but with the clumsiness of youth. He talked to himself, mimicking the announcers he had heard on television. The ball bounced furiously on the ground and soon his hands were covered with dirt. The old steel bucket gleamed in the sun. Months before the boy had cut out the bottom and nailed the bucket to the elm tree in the backyard. Now he threw the ball up. It bounced against the tree, then hung for a second on the edge of the bucket. It fell through. Dream of Challenge He dreamed of challenging the great ones —Russell, Chamberlain, Robertson. But even in his dreams he couldn't picture a night when each time he pushed the ball through the loop a giant scoreboard would flash a single letter understood by all: "E". Elvin Hayes no longer plays basketball in dirt yards. He plays for the University of Houston in buildings of steel and glass. The buckets he shoots at now have glass backboards and nets. But that is where the re- ^CLOtvnC v^a«v)u-<ML^ aj^ Photo by Sam Pierson, Chronicle Staff ELVIN AND ERNA HAYES STUDY TOGETHER Cougar Star: "Try to Realize Your Dream" markable career of this soft- spoken, 22-year-old giant began—in the backyard of a white frame house in Ray- ville, La. Even then, his desire was to play professional basketball. He wanted, he says, to be "a somebody" and surely that ambition was fulfilled last week when he became the first Negro to be named Louisiana amateur athlete of the year. The Long Road The records he has broken at the University of Houston disguise the long road he has traveled. Over 50,000 people, and a television audience of 12 million, saw him score 39 points against UCLA in the Domed Stadium Jan. 20. Watching him beat the Bruins, they might not believe that Elvin Hayes once was cut from his high school varsity, or that at one time he played with two left-footed tennis shoes he had salvaged from a garbage can. Rayville is a town of 6000 in the cotton country of northeast Louisiana. It is a basketball-crazy town that has produced four all staters—all of them from block-long Texas St. Melvin Rogers, basketball coach at Rayville's Eula Brit- ton High School, remembers his introduction to Hayes vividly. I had heard that a group of eighth-graders were playing ball in Elvin's backyard," he recalled. "I went over to look at a couple of other boys, not Elvin. I started fooling around with them, shooting baskets, and then I went to make a hook shot. Elvin slapped it down." It was Rogers who cut Hayes from the Britton varsity his second year. "He was a gangling kid, all hands and feet," Rogers said. "He had a coordination problem so I suggested he work out with the junior varsity until he improved." Work Paid Off Hayes worked hard, Rogers said, and it paid off. Britton was runner-up in the state tournament Hayes' junior year, and won the championship his senior year. Thirty- next nc^e