Given his 6-foot-9, 240-pound frame, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Wallace garnered all-state honors in multiple sports (basketball, track and football) in high school. His talents on the field, though, were good enough that Auburn offered him a football scholarship and had visions of him playing both offense and defense. But Wallace didn't want to give up basketball, so he turned down the offer, played basketball at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland for two years and later transferred to Virginia Union. In 1996, he signed with the Washington Bullets as an undrafted rookie free agent. Now a Detroit Piston, Wallace won an NBA title in 2004 and four defensive player of the year awards.