Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story
In 1947, Japanese-American basketball player Wat Misaka was the first person of color to be drafted into the NBA. Overcoming the discrimination towards Nisei during World War II, he became a star player at the University of Utah in 1944 and 1947, taking two years off to serve in the US Army. This was the period when his fellow Nisei were uprooted from their homes and moved to internment camps. Despite the prejudice against Japanese Americans at the time, his accomplishments on the basketball court and his personal magnetism were an inspiration to all.