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Lucas had a secret weapon, his mind

Updated: April 11, 2006, 12:59 PM ET
By Mike Puma | Special to ESPN.com

"He was a bit like the guy from Rain Man. He could count the toothpicks that fell on the floor faster than anybody else," says writer Barry McDermott about Jerry Lucas on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

These days he's known as "Dr. Memory" for his numerous books on memory training. To an earlier generation Jerry Lucas was known for his intelligence and talent on the basketball court.

One of the greatest high school players in history, Lucas lived up to the hype and become ...

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