NBA Basketball player, and The University of Michigan & Flint Northern, Business Leader, Author
January 25, 2023
When Wayman Britt first came to Flint from North Carolina as a youngster he knew he would fit in right away when he played basketball. Sports are the great social lubricant and it did the trick for Britt. He had joined the greatest sports culture in the country, and he fit right in.
From there he continued to elevate his game, figuratively and literally. Although he was only 6-2 he played like he was 6-9, using his body like a craftsman, and leveraging his weight, coupled with incredible leaping ability. In 1971 he led the Bill Frieder coached Flint Northern Vikings to a state title while hauling down an incredible 29 rebounds.
In 1972 he led one of the greatest high school teams in state history to an undefeated 25-0 repeat. That team was also coached by Frieder, and assisted by another legendary coach Grover Kirkland. It also included another superstar Terry Furlow.
Britt moved on to the University of Michigan where he again played the leader role in taking the Wolverines to the brink of a National Championship losing to Indiana in the title game. After college he had a brief stint in the NBA getting drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, and later playing for the Detroit Pistons.
Britt went on to a terrific career in business with Steelcase, and then as the administrator for Kent County. He has penned a book about his life journey entitled Fulfilling the Dream: My Pathway to Leadership and Finding Purpose in Serving Others.
Wayman Britt is back in his hometown with Fish to talk about it all during his turn in the Aquarium of Fish and The Flint Chronicles!
Some of Wayman's press during his Flint Northern days