Prince Had Hoop Dreams in Junior High [PHOTO]

Prince suiting up for Bryant Junior High.

Prince suiting up for Bryant Junior High.

A handful of years before Prince became a diminutive pop star he was ripping it up on Twin Cities basketball courts. An amazing find by Star Tribune reporter Libor Jany uncovered some documentation of the Purple One's early athletic pursuits. The story was part of a series penned by Strib staffer Jon Bream, who has since commented on this piece of viral history.

As Dave Chappelle and Charlie Murphy told us several years later, Prince can still play ball -- even in a blouse.

-- Libor Jany (@StribJany) March 3, 2015 This selection from the story pulled by Jany details Prince's passion for not just basketball. He played football and baseball, and coached grade-school b-ball.

An excellent ball handler, the 5'2" point guard was one of the first guys off the bench for Central High. But he had higher aspirations already. According to his old coach, "I knew he wanted to be starting and felt he should be starting. He was unhappy and expressed that many, many times."

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