WAYLAND WASPS (DISTRESSED) Short sleeve t-shirt

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By all accounts, THIS is where the kind of Kentucky high school basketball we know today, began.

Wayland, Kentucky. Southwestern Floyd County. Population? On a good day, 400 or so. And the name? Well, back in 1913, the Elk Horn Coal Company established the town of Wayland, named after Clarence Wayland Watson, the president of the company.

Where we pick it up is 1956. The Wayland Wasps, led by #66, King Kelly Coleman.

Now, Kelly was what we'd call a "stud." Most folks say he was better than Jerry West or Oscar Robertson. By the time he hung up his Chucks, he had averaged 33.6 points per game and broke four of his own state records in the 1956 Tournament.

The state tournament, however, didn't turn out as scripted. Carr Creek from down the pike a bit got in the way.

Coleman entered the state semi-final game against Carr Creek averaging nearly 47 points per game. On the other side of the ball, the Creekers’ put on a suffocating defense and held Coleman to a career-low of 28 points. Then, in 'Hoosiers'-like fashion, Carr Creek's Freddie Maggard scored a one-handed tip in with 4 seconds left on the clock, to sting the King and his troupe of Wasps, 68-67. 

Still today, Coleman and Wayland are the stuff that legends are made of, so with this design, The Uncommonwealth tips its hat to our boys from the 15th Region.

The tri-blend fabric creates a vintage, fitted look. And extreme durability makes this t-shirt withstand repeated washings and still remain super comfortable.

• Tri-blend construction (50% polyester/25% combed ring-spun cotton/25% rayon)
• 40 singles thread weight
• Comfortable and durable
• Contemporary fit
• Lightweight

Size guide

Length (inches) 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Width (inches) 16 ½ 18 20 22 24 26 28 30