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Thorpe Weber helped rewrite local high school basketball history when he and his family moved to Joplin in 1965 from New Hampshire.

Weber was selected to the Missouri all-state first team twice. The 6’7” left-hander set a single-game scoring record of 43 points and a single season record of 683 points in 1966-67. He led Joplin to a state championship in 1967 and topped off his prep career by being named to the Scholastic Coach Magazine’s All-American team.

Weber received a scholarship from Vanderbilt. He moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and eventually earned lineup as a sophomore and eventually earned all Southeast Conference accolades. 

After completing his college eligibility he was drafted by the Boston Celtics of the NBA in the fourth round and by the Memphis Pros of the ABA in the third round.