Former Utah State coach LaDell Andersen shares memories of Wayne Estes

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  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    May 23, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    Wayne was a great guy...we went through fraternity rush together and I always admired him for his soft, gentle good humor. He was nicknamed "Baby Hughie" because of his somewhat pudgy cheribique physique and always seemed to be smiling in our encounters on campus. His memory is well served with the new facility.

  • AggieFan74 Ogden, UT
    May 22, 2014 5:09 a.m.

    There's a lot more to the story than provided in the article but that you can read several books on Estes that relate any number of stories about his life both in Anaconda and on USU's campus. In short, Coach Andersen's statement the Estes was a better human being than a legendary basketball player is dead on! Being a USU alum I was always surprised that there was little to no recognition of Estes' accomplishments on campus. This guy was flat-out idolized in every small town in Northern Utah. Can't tell you how many hundreds of hours me and my buddies practiced his signature hook shot on a rusty basket ball hoops nailed to the side of an old Weber County barn. For my money after being an Aggie booster for 40 plus years, Wayne Estes is hands-down the greatest basketball player to ever put on an Aggie uniform and/or arguably the greatest collegiate basketball player to ever play in the State of Utah. It's about time his name and legend is enshrined on the side of a highly visible building on campus!