Johnny Wilson, better known as “Jumpin’ Johnny Wilson” was the 1946 Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana. The Anderson High School graduate was barely 6 foot tall but he had amazing jumping skills. Recently Anderson honored him with a statue in front of the high school. Johnny is the oldest, living Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana. The 88-year old was one of the first to break the color barrier of “whites only” in basketball.Johnny led Anderson to a state basketball title by scoring 30 of his team’s 67 points in their victory over Ft. Wayne Central in the championship. He wanted to play basketball at IU, but they had no blacks at that time, so he went to nearby Anderson College. I was only 7, so I only heard about Johnny Wilson in later years.Wilson is a good friend of Carl Erskine, another Anderson legend, who played baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Both are still living. Recently, Johnny Wilson played golf with Glen Butte at the Legends Golf Course in Franklin.Part of this information came from an article in the Indianapolis Star.
FC Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto still rued the fact that he did not get to play at the recently-concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia even after a successful start to pre-season tour with the club.Sergi Roberto was not a part of the Spanish team that was knocked out by hosts Russia from the Round of 16. Spain’s former manager Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked just one day before the start of the World Cup, did not pick Roberto in the team.After Lopetegui’s sacking, Fernando Hierro managed the Spanish national team during their time in Russia. However, after a disastrous performance, he stepped down soon after. Luis Enrique, who is the former Barcelona manager, has not stepped up to take the national coach job and Roberto is hopeful of a return to the national side.Barcelona have so far played one match of the International Champions Cup where they beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-3 on penalties after the match ended in a 2-2 draw.”I really thought I’d be in the World Cup, but in the end all I could do was enjoy my vacation and watch it on television,” Sergi Roberto said on Monday.Roberto said the “disappointment” of Russia has not dashed his dream of rejoining the national team, nor did he hide his enthusiasm at Luis Enrique’s arrival to lead the squad and the possibility of being called up once more.”Now there’s a new manager and I hope to get another chance, but first I have to concentrate on Barca,” Roberto expressed.advertisement”For me, Luis has been very important, both in the Barca B stage, where he had me debut when I was a youngster, and on the first team, where I got stronger, though not yet where I am today.”Also read – Barcelona slammed on Twitter for alleged discrimination against women’s teamOn Barcelona’s tour of the United States, the absence of big stars like the Argentine Lionel Messi and the Uruguayan Luis Suarez makes it not quite the team it normally is and somewhat less exciting to its fans, but Roberto recalled that they are there also to play their best game.”We’re here for people to enjoy themselves, but also to train for what’s coming in the new season,” Roberto said.(With IANS inputs)