Even before the first national semifinal game of the 2003 Final Four, Dwyane Wade was a relatively well-known figure across the college basketball landscape.
He was named to the Associated Press All-American first team in his final two seasons and was an inferno through the first four games of the aforementioned NCAA tournament, posting 22.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG and 6.5 APG a contest.
During that same broadcast, both casual and dedicated fans alike were introduced to the quiet, mild-mannered star from Illinois. Marquette had not been to the Final Four since 1977 when the team was commanded by the late, great Al McGuire.
Although the final score was not one Marquette fans choose to remember, the foundation was being laid for a certain Hall of Fame inductee.