Former NBA player Harthorne Wingo spoke at Tryon Elementary School in 2019.

The Harlem Wizards will make a return trip to the area in February to take part in a benefit game for former NBA player and Tryon native Harthorne Wingo.

The Wizards, the legendary New York City-based basketball entertainment group, will appear Feb. 16 at Landrum High School. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., with game action beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $10 in advance and $12 at the door for adults and $8/$10 for students. Tickets can be obtained at harlemwizards.com.

Wingo, a Tryon High School graduate, played for the Wizards in the late 1960s, that stint helping him gain the attention of the New York Knicks. The Knicks later signed Wingo and he played with the team for four seasons, helping win an NBA championship in 1973, before finishing his professional career internationally.

Thanks to an effort organized by Wingo’s former teammates at Tryon High School, the Wizards first visited the area last February, playing before a large crowd at Landrum. During the game, the Wizards held a ceremony to honor Wingo with the retiring of his jersey number and induction into the organization’s Hall of Fame.

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