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Dear Chris:
Bill Brubaker
November 26, 1984
When you're Chris Washburg—6'11" with a can't-miss jumper—you can expect to have hundred of pen pals, and sacks, cartons and drawers full of mail
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November 26, 1984

Dear Chris:

When you're Chris Washburg—6'11" with a can't-miss jumper—you can expect to have hundred of pen pals, and sacks, cartons and drawers full of mail

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June 10: " Coach Valvano is a great coach and person."

June 20: " Coach Valvano loves N.C. State."

June 23: "I feel that you can be the number one player picked in the pro draft."

June 30 (to Mrs. Washburn): "Chris means the world to me."

The following week, Washburn injured his right knee at a basketball camp. Valvano assured Chris in a letter that he was still the Wolfpack's "main man," adding, "If we can help you in any way with the rehabilitation process let us know." Abatemarco wrote that N.C. State's weight-training coach, Wright Wayne, "will be available any time you need help with the rehabilitation process." Such an offer, if intended to include special rehabilitative treatment, would violate NCAA rules. "What I meant," Abatemarco says now, "was that Wright Wayne could send Chris some information."

By late summer, Washburn and his mother were receiving letters from the Wolfpack coaches almost daily:

Aug. 2 (Abatemarco to Mrs. Washburn): "Chris is very important to us as a player and person."

Aug. 5 (Valvano to Washburn): "I've never met someone who enjoys life and lives it to the fullest as much as you do."

Aug. 8 (Abatemarco to Washburn): "[ Valvano's] new clothing line has pants with checks in it! Ha! Ha!"

Aug. 10 (Abatemarco to Washburn): "Remember this saying. It will appear all over our state and all over the United States. The Pack is back with Washburn. When you announce you are coming to State this will be the cry around the nation."

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