Charles Barkley's big break

A story I learned for the first time reading Michael Grange's new, large and surprisingly entertaining "Basketball's Greatest Stars" book:

Passed over by most of the big-name schools, [Charles Barkley] caught the eye of an assistant coach at Auburn University during the state championship tournament. The assistant told head coach Sonny Smith he'd just seen "a fat guy ... who can play like the wind."

And this is how dreams come true.