Wataru "Wat" Misaka never demanded the spotlight nor shouted from the roof tops seeking attention.

But the reserved, humble man gained a measure of fame late in life when a documentary, "Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story," was released in 2008. As a result, younger generations were introduced to his story, while older folks, many who never heard about him, were also thoroughly informed about Misaka's place in history.

A successful college basketball player, Misaka's pro career took place in the 1940s, the latter occurring before the NBA even existed.