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Darryl Dawkins was a basketball player. If you’ve seen Swatch commercials, you’ve seen him talk about his career and success.
Darryl Dawkins and Charley Rosen, Chocolate Thunder: The Uncensored Life and Times of Darryl Dawkins (New York: Sports Media Publishing, 2003); Andre Williams, “Dawkins Does Not Regret Heading to NBA 25 Years Ago He Left Maynard Evans High School in 1975 to Help His Family Make It through Financial Difficulties,” Morning Call, June 25 2000, http://articles.mcall.com/2000-06-25/sports/3302093_1_54th-nba-draft-draft-day-high-school; and Ohm Youngmisuk, “Legendary Dunker Darryl Dawkins Dies,” ESPN, August 27, 2015, http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/13526002/darryl-dawkins-dies-age-58.
He was taken with the 5th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. And with that, he became the answer to a trivia question. Who was the first player to enter the NBA straight from high school? I know. Some of you might say that Wilt Chamberlain was the first player drafted from high school. And you would be right, except that he did not go straight to the NBA. He went to college first and joined the NBA four years later. Some of you might say that Moses Malone was drafted out of high school a year before Dawkins. (Source: sportshistorynetwork.com)
Following his NBA career, Dawkins had a brief stint with the Harlem Globetrotters, followed by a season spent with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the Continental Basketball Association in the 1995–96 season. During this season, the Skyforce's games against the Florida Beach Dogs were broadcast nationally by ESPN, as the Beach Dogs included another former NBA player, Manute Bol. In 2005, Dawkins was one of several former NBA players to audition for an analyst position with ESPN, as part of the network's reality series Dream Job.
During his high school career, as a 6-foot-10-inch senior, Dawkins averaged thirty-two points and twenty-one rebounds per game, making him one of the most heavily recruited players in the country. University basketball powerhouses such as the University of Kentucky, University of Florida, and Kansas University all wanted him, but he decided to forgo college and go straight into the draft, where he was selected by the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) 76ers. When he was drafted, Dawkins signed what was then a record-setting seven-year contract worth $1 million. (Source: www.blackpast.org)