Virginia-born Bruce Hornsby, a singer and keyboardist renowned for his live performances over the course of three decades now, played basketball as a student in the 1970s at James Blair High School in Williamsburg.
Although he turned to music as his profession of choice, his love of basketball, especially college basketball, never fell away.
In fact, in recent years it has grown stronger: his son Keith just finished his senior year as a starting guard for the Louisiana State University Tigers.
Gregg Marshall played high school basketball with the Knights of Cave Hill Spring High School, Roanoke, Va., from which he graduated in 1981.
He went on to play and then serve as an assistant coach for the Yellow Jackets at Randolph-Macon College, a private liberal arts college in Ashland, Va. “Bruce considered playing at Randolph-Macon College where I played and coached for six years,” Marshall relates. “He has been following my career — knew I had coached at Winthrop because his son had attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville before transferring to LSU.”
When Marshall learned of Hornsby’s Wichita performance date, he called for fans to “show him a Shocker welcome!”
The two men — each of whom is a recognized success in scoring of one sort or the other — got together several times during Hornsby’s Wichita visit.