Hakeem Olajuwon was the first overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. Michael Jordan followed shortly thereafter at third, and Charles Barkley was drafted fifth.

The final selection that year belonged to the Boston Celtics. With the 228th pick, they chose Dan Trant, a native of Ireland who graduated from Westfield High School and Clark University in Massachusetts.

Trant never suited up for the Celtics. He never won an NBA championship or achieved a Hall of Fame career like others in his draft class. But on September 11, Trant will be recognized for another reason -- he was one of thousands killed in the World Trade Center attacks.
Of course we remember all the victims on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. And we remain thankful to all the first responders.

Also check out tb727's My September 11th. It was written two years ago, but obviously still relevant.

JR 9/11/2011 11:11:00 AM Edit
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  1. Anonymous says:

    I remember meeting his daughter 7, 8 years ago. She told me to remember his name. God bless him and his family.

  2. tb727 says:

    I'm surprised it took 10 years for this story to be known.

  3. JR says:

    Yeah I know.

    I just checked out the really nice 9/11 Memorial they made in Boston at the Public Gardens. If you're at the corner of Arlington/Newbury St, it's right there. Sad to see the flowers with hand written notes. Including at least one homemade card a child made.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dan went on to raising o loving family in Long Island. He had paid out of pocket for an inner city kid to play basketball at a school focused on sports and academics.
    His daughter is a good friend.
    I know he is smiling from above.
    9/11 is tragic. That day was horrific. Dan Trant's legacy lives on and will always be remembered for those he impacted.
    Much love & respect!

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