Jim Calhoun is known best for building the University of Connecticut into a national college basketball superpower.
But before taking his talents to Storrs in 1986, Calhoun spent 14 years at Northeastern University. His final three years at Northeastern, he coached Reggie Lewis. The coach compared Lewis to UConn basketball hero Kemba Walker, who carried the Huskies to their third national championship in 2011.
“[Lewis and Walker] both had the same love of the game, and loveable smiles,” Calhoun said. “They both had that to share.”
Calhoun, who has coached the likes of Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Rudy Gay, and Emeka Okafor, had never coached a player like Lewis.
“He would’ve been a Hall of Famer,” Calhoun said.