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Prince’s middle school basketball photo is perfect

This is how you'll always want to remember Prince.


Austin Powell


Posted on Mar 4, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 9:39 am CDT

It’s hard to separate the man from the myth that is Prince. Lest there was any doubt about the R&B icon’s basketball skills following Charlie Murphy’s infamous skit on Chapelle’s Show, these newspaper clips from Minnesota’s Star Tribune should set the record straight. 

In newly resurfaced clips, his coach for JV coach Bryant Junior High School recalls him being an “excellent ball handler” and the “sixth or seventh man” on “probably the best ball team that ever came along at Central.” 

More importantly, there’s this photo of Prince: young, impressionable, tight afro and vintage short shorts. It’s exactly how I want to always remember him:

Is anyone else suddenly hungry for pancakes? 

Here’s the classic Chapelle’s Show skit just for good measure. 

Photo via StribJany/Twitter

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*First Published: Mar 4, 2015, 2:11 pm CST