Legendary ISU basketball player's son speaks about father's legacy

March is in full swing and that means many people are looking forward to college basketball tournaments.

Posted: Mar. 8, 2019 10:42 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - March is in full swing and that means many people are looking forward to college basketball tournaments.

One former Indiana State University player has a special tie to tournaments like March Madness.

Kevin Walker stopped by the VFW in Terre Haute.

He's the son of former ISU basketball player Clarence Walker.

Clarence joined the team in 1946, but because of his race, he didn't get full benefits.

Basketball officials didn't let Clarence, or other African American players, play with their teams in tournaments.

However, Clarence's coach John Wooden, the team, and his community fought for him.

"And of course John Wooden, he said he's part of my team. Either the whole team comes or we won't come at all. They chose not to go. This was a big stand not only for the team but also for John Wooden as a person," Kevin said.

The next season Clarence became the first African American player to ever appear in a national tournament.

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