Prince was "an excellent ball handler," according to his coach
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Prince, as we have reported many times, is wonderful and amazing.

Here is another dimension to that amazingness: Prince in his junior high school basketball uniform, with an enormous afro.

St. Paul Star-Tribune reporter Libor Jany Tweeted some archival clips of Prince from his time at Bryant Junior High, and they are majestic.

According to the writer of one of the clips Jany Tweeted: “[Prince] was good enough as a freshman to make the Central union varsity basketball team.”

“Prince was an excellent player; he was like the sixth or seventh man. He was an excellent ball handler, a good shooter and very short (5’2″),” said Richard Robinson, his former basketball coach.

“Probably with a different group of people he would have been a starter. But, as they turned out, they were probably the best ball team that ever came along at Central [High School]. I knew he wanted to be starting and felt he should be starting. He was unhappy and he expressed that many, many times.”

Later in life, Prince would never have to settle for second-string status again.