LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29:  Paul Donald Wight II aka Big Show attends the Premiere Of HBO's "Andre The Giant" at The Cinerama Dome on March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
The Biggest Highlights Of Paul Wight's Basketball Career
The first time Paul Wight, aka Big Show, heard a crowd cheer for him was on the basketball court where "The World's Largest Athlete" fell in love with athletics for the first time. He said, "There was probably like 60 people there but for me, at the time it might as well have been Giants Stadium," adding, "It got me hooked."
Having excelled at hoops throughout his youth, Wight said, "Athletics gave me a chance to make friends and I guess find my 'cool' vibe if there's such a thing when you're in high school." The current AEW star grew to be more than seven-feet tall and landed a spot on Wichita State's collegiate basketball team as a backup center, but Wight only averaged 2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
For the following season, Wight transferred to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he scored 39 points during his final season of NCAA ball before landing a spot on SIUE's all-time team in 2006. He reflected, "I started out thinking I was going to play in the NBA, now I travel the world as a WWE Superstar."