Shawn Respert left East Lansing, Michigan as Michigan State’s all-time leading scorer; remember, this is a school where Magic Johnson once played. That led to the Portland TrailBlazers taking Respect with the 8th overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft; Portland then traded his rights to the Milwaukee Bucks. Respect was never able to recapture his magic in the NBA, playing for four teams in five seasons, before heading overseas to play ball.
In 2005, it was later revealed that Respect was diagnosed with stomach cancer early in his NBA career, but kept that fact tightly under wraps; only the Bucks and a few close friends knew of the diagnosis that likely altered the course of his NBA career. Respect most recently served as an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies between 2014 and 2016.