Remember Reggie: Putting Northeastern on the map

Remember Reggie: Putting Northeastern on the map
July 28, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Northeastern isn't known to be a basketball powerhouse, but when Reggie Lewis got there, the buzz picked up around the team and arena.

Longtime Boston reporter Jackie MacMullan was just starting out her reporting career and was instructed to report on the Huskies. She talked to then Huskies head coach Jim Calhoun about the team.

"I talked to Jim Calhoun for five minutes, and four minutes and forty seconds of it was all about this kid, Reggie Lewis," MacMullan said. "And I said, "Well if he's so good Jim, no offense, why is he at Northeastern?'"

It might be a good question, but Lewis went down as the best player to ever play at Northeastern. He led the Huskies to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

"It's funny because when I first got him I said, 'Reggie, you have to work harder.' He just made things look so easy," Calhoun said. "He's incredibly athletic. Lightning quick - feet, hands, everything.

My guess would be Reggie had about a seven-foot wingspan. He was long. The thing we couldn't teach was his first step. No one on the face of this earth could teach that first step."

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