On an afternoon filled with tuxedoed ushers, tap-dancing performers and anonymous players, a lovely bit of old-fashioned college basketball broke out.
His name is Norman Powell. He wears his simple striped socks low on his high-top sneakers. He wears a Bible verse on his right biceps. Neither of which is as unique as the four letters that also adorn his body.
For four years, he has worn UCLA across his chest.
"An old man," said teammate Tony Parker.
"A blessing," said teammate Bryce Alford.
A glittering anomaly is what he is, a former prep superstar who chose not to chase the NBA until he was ready, a powerful athlete who actually believed...