We lost a titan in the Utah athletics community, and the community at large with the passing of Wat Misaka on Thursday. The 95 year old former Utah basketball player, and member of the 1944 and 47 National Championship teams was really pivotal in so much more than basketball. He was the first non-Caucasian player drafted into what would eventually be in the NBA. I have the full press release below from the Utah SID, that breaks down not only his career on the court, but also his military career. Let us not forget that the ‘40s were not a great time period for Asian people in the United States, and Misaka was in the middle of all of it.