The first thing you notice when you go back to your old school is how small everything seems.
Now imagine the feeling when you are nearly seven-feet tall.
That’s the scenario facing Raptors basketball development consultant and community ambassador Jamaal Magloire.
On Wednesday the 34-year-old will be returning to his old high school, Eastern Commerce, to meet and speak with 350 students from Grades 7-11.
“The gym was small even when I was in high school so for me to come back as a 12-year-NBA veteran will definitely be a sight to see,” he said.
Magloire would garner plenty of support as the most accomplished basketball player from Toronto. A six-foot-11 centre, he played at basketball powerhouse University of Kentucky, set the school record for blocked shots and graduated to the NBA where he played for the Charlotte and New Orleans Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers. New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. Signed as a free agent by the Raptors he retired in October. He played with such stars as Jason Kidd, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
“I’m very excited. This is an opportunity to go back to the school that has given so much to me in my younger years,” he said.
His message will be an encouraging one.
“There’s a lot of trials and tribulations I want to share, experiences I want to be able to answer a lot of their questions,” he said.