Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 11/1/11
Wallace was born the tenth of eleven children in White Hall Alabama. In high school he was All-State in basketball, football, and baseball. At 17, Wallace attended a basketball camp and met New York Knicks' center Charles Oakley. Oakley would become Ben's mentor. After high school, Wallace attended junior college at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland Ohio. At Cuyahoga Ben averaged 17 rebounds and nearly 7 blocks per game. After two seasons Wallace, under the advisement of Charles Oakley, transferred to division 2 Virginia Union. In his Senior year at V.U. Wallace earned All-State honors in baseball, football, and basketball, where he averaged 13pts, 10reb, 3.6 blocks, and led his team to the Division 2 Final Four. After a reasonably successful college career, Ben Wallace entered the 1996 NBA Draft. Unfortunately he went undrafted. That summer Wallace received an invite to the Boston Celtics' summer league squad. Boston's Head Coach M.L. Carr insisted that Wallace didn't have the
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