have written before about Wayne Estes, and included links to his
story. This story is coming back to me at this time, because of an
article in the Utah State magazine. On the campus of Utah State, they
are building a new practice gym for basketball, and volleyball arena.
It has been announced that the facility will be called the Wayne Estes
Center. The article relates:
Wayne Estes was an All-American
basketball player for Utah State University from 1963-1965 and still
ranks as the third-leading scorer in Utah State history with 2001 points
and the fourth-leading rebounder (893). He holds school records for
career points per game (26.7), free throw made in a career (469),
consecutive 10-point games (64), points in a season (821), points per
game in a season (33.7), points in a game (52) and rebounds in a game
On the night of Feb 8, 1965, Estes played the last game of his
college career against the University of Denver in the Nelson Fieldhouse
on the USU campus.
Estes, who scored the second-most point in a
single game in school history that night with 48 (trailing his
school-record 52 points set a year earlier) eclipsed the 2,000 point
mark with his final basket to give him 2,001 for his career.
the game, Estes and some friends stopped at the scene of a car accident
near campus. While crossing the street, Estes brushed against a downed
high power line and was fatally electrocuted.
The article had this
tribute to Estes, by Jim Laub, the individual who donated money to build
the new center. “I had two idols as a young boy in the 1960s—Mickey
Mantle and Wayne Estes, Laub said. “Like most young boys, I was
impressionable and tried to emulate Wayne. I will always remember how
hard he worked to be the best he could and also how humble he was with
his success. Estes had a huge impact on me during these years, and it
is an honor to his legacy that this new facility will bear his name.”
remember getting the news of his death as a boy. I would have been
seven and in second grade. My dad had taken me to the Fieldhouse to see
him play. It was really crowded. I think hearing the news of his
death compared to the day President Kennedy was killed. It had an
impact on all the boys in Cache County who followed his basketball
exploits. He was a hero to many, and he was taken away too soon.