20 years after the tragedy occurred on September 11, 2001 the memory and the memory of a World that has never been the same again continues to hit hard. That day 19 people took over the controls of four commercial flights and they wreaked havoc in the United States, crashing the aircraft against different civilian targets and causing the death of almost 3,000 people, in addition to thousands of injured.
A terrorist act that completely changed the history of mankind and that it would leave an image engraved on the retina of millions of human beings, who followed the events on television and saw how two of those planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York. Two impacts that caused the collapse of skyscrapers and the death of hundreds of people.
Among the people who lost their lives in the two skyscrapers that reigned in Lower Manhattan was Dan Trant. A stockbroker who for many years dreamed of shining on another type of parquet. Specifically in the one on a basketball court like the one where he shone playing until he finished his university stage at Clark, which led him to the gates of the NBA.
To understand how Trant almost made it to the best league in the world you have to go back to 1984. A time when the college draft It did not stay only in 60 selections, but it went up to 228. That promotion would remain in the memory of the fans for being the same one in which the Rockets chose Hakeem Olajuwon as number 1, the Blazers opted for Sam Bowie at number 2 and left the Chicago Bulls free way at number 3 to elegir a Michael Jordan.
Jordan, Barkley, Carl Lewis… y Dan Trant
A class, that of 84, in which players would also be chosen as Charles Barkley, John Stockton, The athlete Carl Lewis, who was chosen by the Chicago Bulls in 208th position, and Dan Trant, who was the last draft pick of the 1984 draft, being chosen by the Boston Celtics at 228th.
Trant came to the NBA from the modest Clark University of the NCAA Division III. In fact, he is only one of two players from the small Massachusetts university to make the draft, although neither of them made it to the NBA.
The point guard played 108 games in Clark’s uniform and became the second leading scorer in team history after averaging 15.4 points in his four years career. Despite his good numbers and his showy and spectacular style with the ball in his hands, the Celtics didn’t bet on Trant that he had to seek luck far from the United States.
After trying it on himto irish league Trant returned to the United States to join the USBLHe was also unlucky, though, and ended up hanging up his boots sooner than he would have liked.
Following other jobs, Dan Trant came to Wall Street as a trader for various brokerage firms. On 1997 Cantor Fitzgerald firm was set on Trant and took him to work at World Trade Center where Clark’s former player was when a plane crashed into the north tower, causing one of the greatest tragedies in the history of mankind from which Dan Trant, the man who one day was about to go to the NBA, it was one of its thousands of victims.