Most people know that Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) is considered one of the most prominent and dominant players in NBA history.

Wilt played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the University of Kansas and also for the Harlem Globetrotters before playing in the NBA. He stood 7 ft 1 in tall and weighed 250 pounds as a rookie before bulking up to 275 and eventually to over 300 pounds with the Lakers. He is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season.

…But, what most people don’t know is that Wilt Chamberlain dominated professional basketball at age 16, initially under a false identity and scoring as much as 46 points against professionals. He played under the fake name “George Marcus” at age 16 for the Pittsburgh Raiders. The next year, he averaged over 53 points per game at age 17 for the Quakertown Fay.  According to the book Quakertown, Chamberlain was allowed to play for the Fays because the Pennsylvania Athletic Association didn’t have jurisdiction over the city schools at the time, so Wilt could play professionally without losing high school eligibility.

Wilt played for Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School. In his final Overbrook season, he continued his high scoring, once logging 74, 78 and 90 points in three consecutive games.

To learn more about Wilt Chamberlain’s incredible and crazy story about playing professional at age 16, see the great historical detective work shared by this user on Reddit.

And, this fascinating YouTube Video.


Other Facts About Wilt Chamberlain:
Born:  August 21, 1936, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: October 12, 1999 (aged 63), Bel Air, California
 Played 14 NBA seasons from 1959-1973
 Second all-time in career points  with 31,419 (behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
 First all-time in career rebounds with 23,924
 Played in 13 NBA All-Star Games
 Won NBA Titles with Philadelphia in 1967 and Los Angeles in 1972
 Led the NBA in scoring his first seven seasons
 Led the NBA in rebounding in 11 of his 14 NBA seasons
 During the 1961-62 season became the only player to score more than 4,000 points in a season (4,029), averaging 50.4 points per game
 Scored more than 50 points in a game 118 times
 In his first collegiate game for the University of Kansas in 1956 he set a school record by scoring 52 points
 Won NBA Most Valuable Player Award (1960, 1966, 1967, 1968)
 Won NBA Rookie of the Year Award (1960)
 Won All-Star Game MVP (1960)
 Won NBA Finals MVP (1972)
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