Editor's note: The following Johnson City Press story is the first in a series of eight daily features profiling the 2016 ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame class, leading up to the induction ceremony Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Carnegie Hotel. The event will begin at 6 p.m., and tickets may be purchased by calling 423-439-8398. ETSUBucs.com is providing an excerpt from each day's story courtesy of the Johnson City Press.
By JOE AVENTO
Johnson City Press
Jerald Fields’ trip to the East Tennessee State University Hall of Fame was almost derailed before it ever began.
Fields had just finished his freshman season on the ETSU basketball team when he and good friend Zakee Wadood talked about transferring to a different school. Wadood didn’t play much during that 2000-01 season, and Fields had people telling him he was too good to be playing at a Southern Conference school.
“We both were transferring,” Fields said, laughing. “That’s a true story. Zakee’s final decision was going to be made if I transferred or not. And I was going to transfer.”