50 years ago Earl "The Pearl" Monroe led Winston-Salem State University to the Division II title (College Division as it was then called).

The future NBA super star finished his senior season averaging 41.5 ppg (when three pointers were still long to come at college!) and shooting an amazing 60.7% from the field on 32 games. He was named 1967 NCAA College Division PoY.

Selected by Baltimore Bullets as the 2nd overall pick Monroe was named NBA's 1967-68 Rookie of the Year. He later played with the great NY Knicks team that won the 1972-73 NBA championship.

Interesting read on WSSU and "The Pearl" here.