1) SAM VINCENT - LANSING EASTERN
2) Eric Turner, Flint Central
3) Jeff Heide, Lake Odessa Lakewood
4) Leslie Rockymore, Detroit Southwestern
5) Percy Cooper, Highland Park
6) Greg Wendt, Detroit Catholic Central
7) Greg Washington, Detroit Western
8) Mark Simon, Stephenson
9) Troy Mattson, Ishpeming Westwood
10) Anthony Grier, Detroit East Catholic
11) Desi McClung, Saginaw
1) ROBERT HENDERSON, LANSING EASTERN
Ford, Detroit Cass Tech
Mark Harris, Flint Central
Renardo Brown, Highland Park
Paul Jokisch, Birmingham Brother Rice
1) ANTOINE JOUBERT, DETROIT SOUTHWESTERN
2) Garde Thompson, East Grand Rapids
Darryl Johnson, Flint Central
Dan Majerle, Traverse City
Quincy Turner, Benton Harbor
1) DEMETREUS GORE, DETROIT CHADSEY
Gary Thompkins, Jackson
Jeff Grayer, Flint Northwestern
Michael Sims, Grand Rapids Union
Glynn Blackwell, Highland Park
Clarence Jones, Detroit Southwestern
1) GLEN RICE, FLINT NORTHWESTERN - 449
2) Roy Marble, Flint Beecher - 239
3) Mark Brown, Hastings - 275
4) Terence Greene, Flint Central - 167
5) B.J. Armstrong, Birmingham Brother Rice - 166
6) John McIntyre, Detroit Catholic Central - 156
7) Loy Vaught, East Kentwood - 141
8) Negele Knight, Detroit St. Martin dePorres - 109
9) John Paul Oosterbaan, Kalamazoo Christian - 97
10) Mark Hughes, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer - 83
1) TERRY MILLS, ROMULUS
Pendleton, Flint Northwestern
Willie Burton, Detroit St. Martin dePorres
4) Derrick Coleman, Detroit Northern
5) Nathan Buntin, Detroit Murray-Wright
6) Bill Wood, Saginaw Valley Lutheran
7) Steve Scheffler, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
8) Todd Bayle, Walkerville
9) Leonard Thomas, Mt. Clemens
10) Tarence Wheeler, Detroit Southwestern
1) MARK MACON, SAGINAW BUENA VISTA - 726
2) Anderson Hunt, Detroit Southwestern - 162
3) Todd Jenks, Haslett - 139
4) Tony Warren, Battle Creek Central - 98
5) Daryl Reed, Saginaw - 93
6) Anthony Buford, Flint Central
7) Mike Davenport, Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills
8) Steve Smith, Detroit Pershing
9) Lyman DePriest, Highland Park
1) MATT STEIGENGA, GRAND RAPIDS SOUTH CHRISTIAN
2) Mike Peplowski, Warren DeLaSalle
3) Parish Hickman, Redford Bishop Borgess
Calvin Winfield, Kalamazoo Central
5) David Holmes, Jackson
6) Jon Zulauf, Port Huron
7) James Hunter, Detroit Southwestern
8) Steve Hall, Detroit Cass Tech
9) Mark Montgomery, Southgate Aquinas
Jay Zulauf, Port Huron
1) MICHAEL TALLEY, DETROIT COOLEY - 563
2) Sander Scott, Northport - 305
3) Dwayne Stephens, Ferndale - 149
4) Dennis Kann, Mio - 133
5) Jeff Warren, Litchfield - 121
6) Lou Dawkins, Saginaw - 119
7) Ray Schneider, Mt. Pleasant - 108
8) Tony Tolbert, Detroit St. Martin dePorres - 97
9) Sam Mitchell, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix - 67
10) Matt Hofkamp, Ionia - 37
1) ANTHONY MILLER, BENTON HARBOR - 307
2) Marc White, Battle Creek Central - 248
3) Chad Allen, Traverse City - 156
4) Shawn Respect, Redford Bishop Borgess - 138
5) Lorenzo Orr, Detroit Pershing - 124
6) Jason Bossard, Charlotte - 101
7) Kareem Washington, Lansing Sexton - 68
8) Andre Jackson, Flint Northwestern - 62
9) Toriano Smith, Saginaw Buena Vista - 58
10) Mark Williams, Otsego - 47
1) CHRIS WEBBER, DETROIT COUNTRY DAY - 693
2) Jalen Rose, Detroit Southwestern - 216
3) Todd Lindeman, Iron Mountain North Dickinson - 91
4) Jesse Drain, Saginaw - 81
5) David Washington, Albion - 70
6) Jake Baker, Plymouth Salem - 43
7) Voshon Lenard, Detroit Southwestern - 35
8) Andy Poppink, Tecumseh - 32
9) Theron Wilson, Royal Oak Dondero - 16
10) Emmanuel Bibb, Detroit Denby - 14
1) KENYON MURRAY, BATTLE CREEK CENTRAL - 432
2) Dugan Fife, Clarkston - 354
3) Joe Modderman, Allendale - 180
4) Matt Stuck, Manton - 153
5) Justin Jennings, Grand Rapids Central - 82
Steve Polonoski, Rockford - 82
7) Larry Bolden, Detroit Cody - 59
8) Leon Derricks, Flint Northwestern - 55
9) Amere May, South Haven - 50
10) Tom McGee, Pontiac Central - 47
11) Monter Glasper, Albion - 45
Paul Grant, Birmingham Brother Rice - 45
1) JON GARAVAGLIA, SOUTHGATE AQUINAS
2) Correy Childs, Benton Harbor - 363
3) Carlos Williams, Detroit Pershing - 270
4) Chris Crawford, Comstock - 180
5) Schedrick Murrell, Saginaw Buena Vista - 158
6) Ray Weathers, Jackson - 89
7) Greg Norman, Muskegon - 83
8) Judson Anderson, Flint Central - 63
9) Todd Burgan, Detroit Pershing - 61
10) Saddi Washington, Lansing Sexton - 57
11) Derrick Ziegler, Detroit Cody - 36
12) Sean Whitlock, Pontiac Northern - 32
1) WILLIE MITCHELL, DETROIT PERSHING
2) Travis Conlan, SCS Lake Shore
3) Maurice Taylor, Detroit Henry Ford
4) Geno Carlisle, Grand Rapid Ottawa Hills
5) Antwann Jones, Lansing Sexton
6) Adam Jones, Dansville
7) James Head, Plymouth Salem
8) Antonio Granger, Detroit Denby
9) Russ DeSermia, Rochester
10) Maurice McCree, Detroit Mackenzie
1) ROBERT TRAYLOR, DETROIT MURRAY-WRIGHT - 564
2) Antonio Smith, Flint Northern - 363
3) Albert White, Inkster - 322
4) Demetrius Van Syckle, Battle Creek Central - 208
5) Jason Klein, Grosse Ile - 192
6) Chadd Holmes, Ludington - 135
7) Dan Geoghegan, Dearborn Divine Child - 56
8) Morris Peterson, Flint Northwestern - 55
9) Julian Bonner, U-D Jesuit - 39
10) Leigh Kakaty, North Muskegon - 25
1) WINFRED WALTON, DETROIT PERSHING, 6-8½, center - 579
2) Mateen Cleaves, Flint Northern, 6-2, guard - 566
3) Mike Chappell, Southfield, 6-8, forward - 185
4) Todd Schroetenboer, Grand Rapids South Christian, 6-7, center -183
5) Mike Burde, Newaygo, 6-6, Center - 154
6) Sylvester Dotson, Detroit Cooley, 6-8, forward - 121
7) Kerry Hartfield, Benton Harbor, 6-0½, guard - 118
8) Ron Banks, Lansing Sexton, 6-5, forward - 105
9) Rashad Phillips, Ferndale, 5-8, guard - 38
10) Kevin Kreger, Dearborn, 6-1, guard - 34
1) SHANE BATTIER, DETROIT COUNTRY DAY, 6-6 forward - 896
2) Charlie Bell, Flint Southwestern Academy - 863
3) Lorenzo Guess, Wayne Memorial - 137
4) Greg LaPointe, Mt. Pleasant - 120
5) Greg Grays, Southfield-Lathrup - 74
6) Greg Stempin, Harper Woods Notre Dame - 73
7) Carlos Gill, Flint Northern - 61
8) Kylo Jones, Orchard Lake St. Mary - 55
9) Milo Stovall, Kalamazoo Central - 52
10) Jason Moorehead, Albion - 43
11) Josh Asselin, Caro - 26
12) Maurice McAfee, Saginaw Buena Vista - 12
1) DANE FIFE, CLARKSTON - 724
2) Antonio Gates, Detroit Central - 232
3) Thomas Jackson, East Lansing - 165
4) Charles Kage, River Rouge - 121
5) Adam Anderson, Kent City - 98
6) DeeAndre Hulett, Saginaw Arthur Hill - 93
7) Delvar Barrett, Detroit Cooley - 89
8) Ryan Hiller, Manton - 87
9) Curtis McFall, Benton Harbor 69
10) Chris Young, Redford Detroit Catholic Central - 68
1) JASON RICHARDSON, SAGINAW ARTHUR HILL, 6-6, forward - 741
2) LaVell Blanchard, Ann Arbor Pioneer, 6-7, forward - 631
3) Aloysius Anagonye, Detroit St. Martin dePorres, 6-8, center - 208
4) Brent Darby, River Rouge, 6-1, point guard - 191
5) T.J. Meerman, Coopersville, 6-2, forward - 136
6) J.R. Wallace, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer 6-0 point guard -117
7) Taylor Bro, Rockford, 6-7, center - 95
8) Willie Wallace, Flint Southwestern, 6-7, center - 60
9) Nick Moore, Redford Catholic Central, 6-1, point guard - 56
10) Kevin Lee, Lansing Everett, 6-0, point guard - 45
1) MARCUS TAYLOR, LANSING WAVERLY - 932
2) Eugene Seals, Saginaw - 227
3) Maurice Searight, Orchard Lake St. Mary - 199
4) Ricky Paulding, Detroit Renaissance - 189
5) Chris Kaman, Wyoming Tri-unity Christian - 168
6) Tony Bowne, Hastings - 130
7) Desmon Farmer, Flint Northwestern - 78
8) Gerrit Brigitha, Niles - 60
9) James Thues, Detroit Martin Luther King - 38
10) Arthur Johnson, Detroit Pershing - 36
1) KELVIN TORBERT, FLINT NORTHWESTERN - 773
2) JaQuan Hart, Flint Northern - 256
3) Ben Reed, Battle Creek Central - 149
4) Anthony Parker, Muskegon Mona Shores - 110
5) Nate Loehrke, Mattawan - 103
6) Ricky Morgan, Pontiac Northern - 95
7) Greg Jennings, Kalamazoo Central - 92
8) Cory Santee, Flint Southwestern - 67
9) Robert Strickland, Detroit Denby - 65
10) Chuck Bailey, Detroit Martin Luther King - 40
1) PAUL DAVIS, ROCHESTER
2) Anthony Roberson, Saginaw
3) Lester Abram, Pontiac Northern
4) Zach Ingles, Greenville
5) Brian Snider, Cadillac
6) Matt Trannon, Flint Northern
7) Maurice Ager, Detroit Crockett
8) Chris Grimm, Brighton
9) Graham Brown, Mio
10) Ricardo Billings, Detroit Rogers
DION HARRIS, DETROIT REDFORD, 6-4 guard - 555
2) Brandon Cotton, Detroit St. Martin dePorres, 6-0 guard - 503
3) Drew Naymick, North Muskegon, 6-10 center - 252
4) Brandon Bell, Flint Southwestern - 174
5) Olu Famutimi, Flint Northwestern - 137
6) Kyle Visser, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central - 127
7) Dave Hoskins, Plymouth Salem - 91
8) Brandon Jenkins, Detroit Southeastern - 82
9) Vova Severovas, Birmingham Groves - 59
10) Ije Nwankwo, Detroit Country Day - 37
DREW NEITZEL, WYOMING PARK - 908
2) Joseph Crawford, Detroit Renaissance - 380
3) Malik Hairston, Detroit Renaissance - 367
4) Marquise Gray, Flint Beecher - 292
5) Al Horford, Grand Ledge - 127
6) Brian Moten, Saginaw Arthur Hill - 99
7) Ron Coleman, Romulus - 96
8) Goran Suton, Lansing Everett - 88
9) Darryl Garrett, Detroit Denby - 72
10) Dan Waterstradt, Redford Detroit Catholic Central - 37
CHANDLER, BENTON HARBOR - 890
Michael Bramos, Grosse Pointe North - 341
3) Zane Gay, Olivet - 325
4) Keith MacKenzie, Warren DeLaSalle - 300
5) Brandon Wolfe, Detroit Redford - 236
6) Zack Gibson, Grand Blanc - 232
7) Erik Kangas, DeWitt - 204
8) Jerret Smith, Romulus - 175
1) DAVID KOOL, GRAND RAPIDS SOUTH CHRISTIAN - 931
2) Tom Herzog, Flint Powers Catholic - 360
3) DeShawn Sims, Detroit Pershing - 329
4) Johnathan Jones, Okemos - 207
5) Leon Freeman, Belleville - 186
6) Tory Jackson, Saginaw Buena Vista
7) K’Len Morris, Grand Blanc
8) Larry Wright, Saginaw
9) Tajuan Porter, Detroit Renaissance
Ramar Smith, Detroit Martin Luther King
1) CORPERRYALE HARRIS, DETROIT REDFORD, 6-5,
forward - 924
2) Darquavis "Dar" Tucker, Saginaw Arthur Hill, 6-5, forward - 900
3) Kalin Lucas, Orchard Lake St. Mary, 6-0, guard - 632
4) Durrell Summers, Redford Covenant Christian, 6-5,
forward - 426
5) Laval-Lucas Perry, Flint Powers, 6-3, forward - 306
1) BRAD REDFORD, FRANKENMUTH, 6-0, guard - 1,402
2) Draymond Green, Saginaw, 6-7, center - 1,245
3) Paul Williams, Detroit Renaissance, 6-3, forward - 547
4) Dominique Buckley, Romulus, 6-2, guard - 349
1) DERRICK NIX, DETROIT PERSHING, 6-9, center
2) Ben Simons, Cadillac, 6-9, forward - 1,638
3) Korey Vandussen, Zeeland East, 6-3, guard - 1,298
4) Dion Sims, Orchard Lake St. Mary, 6-6, forward - 1,027
5) Eso Akunne, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, 6-3, forward - 782
1) KEITH APPLING, DETROIT
PERSHING, 6-2, guard - 2,037
2) Trey Zeigler, Mt. Pleasant, 6-5, guard- 1,145
3) Ray McCallum, Jr., Detroit Country Day, 6-1, guard - 934
4) Maurice Jones, Saginaw Arthur Hill, 5-6, guard - 868
5) Devin Oliver, Kalamazoo Central, 6-7, forward - 470
6) Michael Talley III, Melvindale Academy of Business & Tech, 5-11,
1) DWAUN ANDERSON, SUTTONS BAY, 6-4,
guard - 2,053
2) LaDontae Henton, Lansing Eastern, 6-7, forward - 1,746
3) Amir Williams, Detroit Country Day, 6-10, center - 1,429
4) Carlton Brundidge, Southfield, 6-1, guard - 1,334
5) Brandan Kearney, Detroit Southeastern, 6-5, guard - 1,240
1) MATT COSTELLO, AUBURN BAY CITY WESTERN,
2) Denzel Valentine, Lansing Sexton, 6-5, guard - 1,895
3) John Simons, Cadillac , 6-8, forward - 1,095
4) Connar Tava, Warren DeLaSalle, 6-5, forward - 607
5) Lloyd Neely, Detroit Crockett, 6-5, forward - 480
1) MONTE MORRIS, FLINT BEECHER,
6-1 guard - 2,130
2) Derrick Walton, Jr., Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy, 6-1,
guard - 2,086
3) James Young, Rochester, 6-6, forward - 2,030
4) Kahlil Felder, Detroit Pershing, 5-9, guard - 1,251
5) Dontel Highsmith, Dowagiac, 6-2, guard - 1,161
For over 30 years, BCAM – the Basketball
Coaches Association of Michigan, in association with the Detroit
Free Press, has sponsored the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award, given
to the state’s top prep senior. Lansing Eastern’s Sam Vincent was
selected in the spring of 1981 as the recipient of the first award.
The Retro Mr. Basketball project, launched in 2010, will span ten
seasons. The program is designed to honor the state's top senior prep basketball players from the
years 1920 through 1980, In 2010, BCAM recognized seniors from
1920, 1930, 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970 and 1980. This year, the
seniors from 1923, 1933, 1943, 1953, 1963 and 1973. In 2019, the
list will be complete, with the total number of "Mr. Basketball"
award winners numbering 100.
As with the modern-day honor, the goal is to focus on high school
careers. Hence, information pulled from All-State, All-Area, All
Conference and All-Tournament teams is used to guide the committee
as they select nominees for the award.
While gathering statistical information on players from the 1920s
and 1930s presents challenges, BCAM did not want to avoid honoring
athletes from the era when the center jump was a dominate feature of
“BCAM has considered trying to go back to years previous to 1981 and
coming up with players that would have been named Mr.
Basketball if there was such an award at the time,” notes BCAM
executive director Tom Hursey. “The Retro Mr. Basketball project
accomplishes this goal. The basketball fans of Michigan will enjoy
going back in time and either agreeing with or finding fault with
our committee’s winners. Either way it will be fun reminiscing about
days gone by.”
(Winners of the "Retro" Mr. Basketball
award are listed first in ALL CAPS, followed in alphabetical order
by those selected by the committee as nominees.)
TIM MCCORMICK –
McCormick earned top All-State honors
from the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, and the Associated
Press. Averaged 24.7 points and 17.6 rebounds per game as a senior.
Named to Parade
Magazine All-American second teams as a senior.
M.C. “Tony” Burton III – Grand Rapids
The son of former Muskegon Heights and University of
Michigan star M.C. Burton, the 6-6 Burton was selected as a 1st team
Class B selection by AP and the Free Press and earned Dream Team
status from the News.
Randy Morrison – Olivet
Earned All-State honors in both his junior and senior
season at Class C Olivet. Scored 479 points in 14 games.
Anthony Scott – Grand Rapids Creston
6-4 forward, averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds a
game as a senior.
TONY SMITH –
Pegged as one of the
most exciting performers to come along in a long time, Smith averaged 23.3 points a game, hitting highs of 38
points twice in ’74. Finished career with 1,287 points. Able to hit consistently from 25 feet out.
“He’s got more ability than anybody I’ve seen in the backcourt,”
said his high school coach Charlie Cole at the time. Excellent
at hitting the open man, he averaged nine assists and was a great
leader on the floor.
Nephew of Saginaw legend, Ernie Thompson. Recruited heavily,
he chose University of Houston, then transferred to UNLV after his
Turono Anderson – Detroit Kettering, 6-3.
Won the PSL scoring crown as a senior. Posted
a school record 42 points in the state tournament. Able to operate
inside and outside. Averaged 25.7 points plus 16 rebounds a game.
Jeff Tropf – Holt,
Led Holt to an 27-1 season, finishing as Class B runner-up. Ended his prep career with a total of 1,470 points including
48 in one game.
John Long – Romulus, 6-5.
Blessed with size, speed and a fine outside shot, Long averaged
23-points-per-game as a senior. “Great performer under pressure,” he
scored a career high 46 in the tournament. Totaled 1,557 points in 64 games for a career average of 24.3.
Earned AP All-State honors as a both a junior and senior.
Cyrus Mann – Detroit Southeastern, 6-9.
"Could step in a play for any school in the country as a freshman,"
noted one college recruiter. Quick, despite his size, he scored at a
19.9 clip with 16 rebounds and six blocked shots a game.
Tyler - Detroit Northwestern, 6-7.
“Hot blocker extraordinaire who
demoralized opponents with his devastating defensive talents,”
stated the Detroit News.. "Led Northwestern to a 20-0 record, prior to being upset by Highland
Park in the opening round of the districts. Pulled down 17 boards, averaged 16 points and 8 blocks a
game. Wasn’t unusual to swat down 10 or 12 in a contest."
TOM LAGARDE – DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL, 6-11
Prep Player of the Year. Great coordination and mobility for his
size with a good turn-around jumper. “Had a 25-point per game
average that could have gone into the 30s if he had chosen to shoot
more,” stated the Detroit Free Press when they announced
their All State selections in 1973. Played for Dean Smith at North
Carolina, then spent six years in the NBA. A member of the 1976 gold
medal Olympic team.
Johnny Davis – Detroit
Murray Wright, 6-1
First team pick of the Detroit Free Press and Detroit
News. Extremely difficult to defend. Great outside shooter,
Davis was considered by many observers as the finest shooter in the
state. “After scoring 27 points a game as a junior, he averaged 31
points as a senior,” noted the News. Played at Dayton, and then
spent 10 years in the NBA.
Bob Elliott – Ann Arbor
Pioneer, 6-9, 220
A Dream Team selection in the Detroit News as a junior, (he
earned second team honors in the Free Press), Elliot earned
top honor from both Detroit papers as a senior. The leading vote
getter on the UPI All State team in 1973, he “almost single-handedly
made the Pioneers a season-long power. “ Averaged 28-points per game
as he led the team to an unbeaten record in the regular season and a
24-1 mark overall. Played collegiately at the University of Arizona,
followed by three seasons in the NBA.
Mark Veenstra – Hudsonville
Unity Christian, 6-8, 194
Despite playing with a swollen ankle, Veenstra scored 112 points in
three regional tournament games as a senior. He tallied 34 points in
the state final to finish with 862 points over 28 games, the most in
the state in 1973, and totaled 1,951 points in his career.
Considered one of the best players to come out of Western Michigan
since Chet Walker, he turned away many offers from top tier
basketball programs and chose to attend Calvin College to pursue a
Edgar Wilson – Dowagiac,
Only player to be named to the Detroit Free Press first
team in both football and basketball, Wilson averaged 26.7 points
and 15.5 rebounds per game as a senior. Received 150 scholarship
offers, he chose to played college ball at Michigan State. Following
graduation, Wilson served as an assistant at MSU and Central
Michigan, then was named head basketball coach at Ferris State in
LARRY FOGLE –
DETROIT COOLEY, 6-5, 210.
Banged in a career total of 1,662 points and averaged 38.5 points a
game his senior year. Hauled down 18-20 rebounds per contest. Quick,
strong and equally effective as far out as 15-18 feet. Scored 73
points in a game with Detroit Cody. Led Cooley’s state tournament
run to the semifinals. Scored 24 points in the second quarter
against Ferndale in the regional final. Named United Press
International Player of the Year in Michigan. Listed by Letterman
Magazine as “one
of the top 30 high school players in the nation”, by Scholastic
Magazine as one of the nation’s Top 40 and was named to Parade
Magazine’s All-American second team.
Wayman Britt –
Flint Northern, 6-1½, 185.
Only regular who returned from Northern’s 1971 Class A state
champions, Britt led the Vikings to their second straight Class A
title. Gave Northern’s attack confidence and poise. “He was our
leader…our clutch performer…the guy we turned to,” said Northern
coach Bill Frieder in the Detroit Free Press. Averaged 13.2
points per contest and led the team with 151 assists. Later played
basketball at the University of Michigan and briefly in the NBA.
Jessie Campbell –
Only returning starter from Stockbridge’s Class C runner-up squad.
Averaged 28.9 points and 31 rebounds per contest as a senior.
Finished with 1,490 points and 1,586 rebounds during his four year
career. Led the Panthers to a 59-6 mark over the previous three
Paul Griffin –
Shelby, 6-9, 200.
Averaged 30 points and 28 rebounds per game while leading Shelby to
its second consecutive Class C title. According to the Associated
Press, “proved himself on the tournament trail.” Played college ball
at Western Michigan University, then enjoyed a seven-year career in
Robert “Bubbles” Hawkins –
Detroit Pershing, 6-2, 185.
Led Pershing to a Public School League title. “A great floor leader
who passed up many baskets to feed off to a teammate,” noted the
Detroit Free Press. Averaged 28 points per game, 12 rebounds and 12
assists over a three year career. “Hawkins is considered the finest
natural athlete in the Detroit Area” stated the AP. Named 1st
All-American by Parade Magazine. Played at Illinois State then part
of four seasons in the NBA.
Leighton Moulton –
River Rouge, 6-3½, 181.
Key player on a lean Rouge team. “A deadly shooter with a soft shot,
he was quick and equally effective on defense,” noted Hal Schram in
the Free Press. Led Rouge to a come-from-behind victory over
Muskegon Heights in the state championship game. Averaged 22 points
per game during the regular season. According to the AP, “A severe
leg injury hampered him in the tournament, but that didn’t stop him
from hitting 30 points in the semifinal triumph over Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port, and 24 in the finals victory. Played college ball
"CAMPY" RUSSELL –
PONTIAC CENTRAL, 18, 6-7, 190.
All-state as a junior and senior, Russell totaled 1,454 points in his
three-year prep career. Hailed at the time by his future
University of Michigan coach, Johnny Orr, as the “best offensive high
school player in the country.” Earned 1st team All-America honors
from Parade Magazine.
Eartha Faust – Inkster,
17, 6-3, 170.
According to the Detroit News, who named Faust to their Class B
All-State squad: “Totalled 711 points as he made good on 58.4 percent of
his shots from the field and 82.5 from the free throw line.
Inkster bowed in the regional finals to River Rouge. Rouge held
him to 26 points, one of only six times he scored less than 30 points.”
Played college ball at Vincennes Junior College and West Virginia.
Lindsay Hairston –
Detroit Kettering, 17, 6-9, 200.
Grew an inch and added 10 pounds after being named to All-State teams as
a junior, Hairston became even more formidable under the boards,
blocking an average of five shots a game. He averaged 21.2
rebounds and 23.5 points per contest, finishing his three-year prep
career with 1,390 points. Played college ball at Michigan State.
Tom Kangas – Escanaba,
18, 6-4, 195.
A four-year veteran with a career total of 1,190 points. Broke
Great Northern Conference records previously established by Menominee’s
Pat Miller, (who later played at Michigan State). Averaged 27.1 points a
Tom McGill – Flint
Northern, 18, 6-3, 185.
Totaled 1,038 points, averaging 22.9 points and 14 rebounds a game.
Scored 24 points in the Class A championship game to finish with 553 for
RICK DREWITZ – GARDEN CITY WEST
Averaged 29 points a game, the 6-7½ Drewitz scored 42
points in the Class A semifinals as West fell victim to Pontiac
Central and Campy Russell, 84-79. Played his college ball at the
University of Kentucky.
Dave Freeman – Battle Creek Central
A 60 percent shooter from the floor, Freeman averaged
20 points per game for the Bearcats.
George Kubiak – Carrollton
Top ballplayer for the Class B runner up. Averaged
25.5 points per game as a senior, scoring over 1,000 points in his
two season with the varsity.
Larry Tatum – Muskegon
Shot .723 from the floor and averaged 24 points for
the Big Reds.
WILLIE BETTS - RIVER ROUGE, 6-5, 195.
to the average fan is his exceptional defensive value," wrote Hal
Schram at the time.
sport star, Betts was named to the Free Press All-State squad for
three consecutive years – a first. A top
playmaker,amazing jumper and rebounder, he hauled in more than 1,100
rebounds in his career. Only player in MHSAA tournament history to
play on four basketball state championship teams. Scored over 300
points as a senior, he set a Rouge career scoring mark with over
Jim Bigham, Grosse Pointe St. Paul, 5-9.
Considered by many as the top small man in the state. Scored 225
points in 23 starts, including 105 of 129 free throw attempts. Led
his team to both the Catholic and City championships in 1963, and to
the Catholic and Class C State championships in 1964. Twice named to
Detroit News All-City team, he twice earned All-State
honors and was a Catholic All-American in 1964.
Ralph Brisker, Hamtramck, 6-2, Sr.
The sharpshooting guard scored 570 points in 19 games for a 30
points-per-game average in leading the Cosmos to a share of the Twin
Valley title. Set school game, season and career scoring records
during his three years of play.
Pat Groleau, Nahma, 6-5.
Upper Peninsula’s leading scorer with 634 points. Closed out his
career with 1,877, scoring more than 40 points in three games. A
unanimous first-team All-U.P. selection, he was named the
peninsula's outstanding high school player.
Bruce Rodwan, Ferndale, 6-2.
Led Ferndale to the state championship in 1963 and was named to the
all-tournament team, continued his fine play in 1964. “A strong
rebounder, (304), the husky Rodwan scored 358 points with an average
of 45 percent from the floor and a mark of more that 70 percent at
Richard Schrumpf, Galien, 6-10.
Lead his team to 22 straight victories before falling in the state
semi-finals in 1964. Averaged 25 points a game over a 20 game
regular season, including a 55 point performance against Watervliet
in his senior year. One of 100 named to Coach and Athlete
magazine’s Prep All-America basketball team.
CRAIG DILL – SAGINAW ARTHUR HILL, 6-10, 198
353 points in 12 league games, breaking Ernie Thompson’s Saginaw
Valley League scoring total of 314 points. Finished the years with
599 points over 21 games, including 30 or more in nine contests. Led
the team to the state semifinals as a senior. Co-Captained the
University of Michigan squad as a senior, then played for the
Pittsburgh Pipers of the American Basketball Association.
Dennis Bankey – Detroit St.
Thomas, 6-2, 175
Scored 1,536 points in his prep career, including 669 as a senior,
he “could score from the outside as well as by driving through the
middle for layups,” according to his Detroit News All-State
write-up. Played college ball at Michigan. In 1978, Bankey was named
as one of the top six basketball players in Detroit Catholic League
Joe Johnson, Grand Rapids
South, 6-4, 175
Scored 328 points and held a 13-rebouds per game average. According
to the Detroit News, Johnson was “a unanimous choice of coaches for
the Grand Rapids All-City team. He has good rebounding spring and
strong reflexes under the basket”
Lovell Humes – Saginaw,
“An excellent rebounder and can shoot from anywhere on the court,”
stated the Detroit News when naming their All-State team, Humes
scored 379 points in 16 games, including 30 or more in five games
during his senior year.
Bill Koski, Jr., Champion,
The second-leading scorer in Upper Peninsula history at the time
with 1,953 points. Netted 609 points for a 32.5 points-per –game
average as a senior. Played college ball at Northern Michigan then
became basketball coach at Republic High School.
Cliff Williams – Detroit
Southwestern, 6-3, 181
Scored a total of 682 points in 19 games. Set a Detroit Public
School League single game scoring record with 61 points in a 86-60
win over Detroit Chadsey on February 13, 1963. In announcing
William’s selection to their all-state team, the Detroit News said,
“has an uncanny jump shot from the side and can sink his shots from
as far back as midcourt.” Attended Bowling Green.
ERNIE THOMPSON –
SAGINAW, 6-3, 187.
“The finest all-around basketball player I’ve seen in 27 years of
coaching,” said Saginaw coach Larry Laeding, at the time. “He’s as
good a defensive rebounder I’ve ever seen in high school, averaging
18 rebounds a game. He also blocks many shots on defense.” Set a
Saginaw Valley League record with 314 points in 12 games, topping
Milt Mead’s total of 269 set in 1950 during his days at Bay City
Central. Established new MHSAA state final records of 42 points and
27 rebounds in the Trojan’s Class A championship victory over Benton
Harbor. Fifty years later, the rebound record still stands.
Bill Curtis – Grand Rapids South,
Averaged 18 points per game in 12 city-league games, and finished
with 261 points for the year. Excelled both in the backcourt and on
the boards for South. Curtis was considered the best player for
all-around ability in the Grand Rapids area. Later played at
Oliver Darden –
Detroit Western, 6-6½, 205.
Scored 367 points in 14 games for a 26 point average. Detroit’s most
sought after college prospect. A four-sport letterman as a first
baseman, end in football and high-jumper in track. Later played at
the University of Michigan and in the ABA.
Ken Wilburn –
River Rouge, 6-4, 172.
Despite missing three regular-season games, he finished with 218,
then added 158 during the tournament during Rouge’s march to the
state Class B title. An exceptional rebounder, his 276 boards led
“to the team’s fast break which no Michigan team could stop this
season,” according to his Detroit News All-state write-up.
Accurate jump shot and outstanding on defense.
REGGIE HARDING – DETROIT EASTERN, 6-11½,
Only repeater on the Detroit News All-State squad. Blessed
with exceptional mobility, Harding “scored 407 points in 14 games this
season, averaging 29.1 per game. His three-year output was 1,079
or 25.2 per game. Board control was Harding’s great asset.
He had 330 rebounds of which almost two-thirds were on defense. He
also blocked numerous shots and picked off many passes while pressing
and converted them into quick scores.” Later played in the NBA
with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls.
Tim Bullock – Marquette
Graveraet, 18, 6-0, 168.
A three-year standout, Bullock earned first-team Class B All-State
honors from the Detroit Free Press. Scored 1,033 points during
his 50-game career. Also earned All-State honors in football. Following
graduation he played four-years of basketball at Northern Michigan
University, then coached high school basketball teams at Republic and
Sault Ste. Marie.
Bobby Joe Hill – Highland
Park, 17, 5-9, 150.
“Has been the most amazing dribbler and ball handler in Detroit suburbs
this year,” wrote the Detroit News after naming Hill to their
Class A All-State team. “Exceptional on defense, halting fast breaks and
stealing on presses…Bobby has scored 423 points for an average of 20.2
per game. While outstanding all season, he has been particularly
brilliant since January when he took up the scoring slack of two
graduates.” Was a member of the 1965-66 Texas Western squad that
defeated Kentucky to win the NCAA title.
Jim Manning – Trout Creek, 18,
Manning piled up 757 points in 22 contests for an incredible 34.4
average. Totaled 2,137 points during his four-seasons of high
school ball. “Manning had it all," former Ewen-Trout Creek boys' coach
Tom Caudill recalled. "He was only about 6-foot-1 but could really get
up, up in the air. And he had all the moves, inside or outside.”
Larry Tregoning – Ferndale, 18,
According to the Free Press, “most probable collegiate star on
either peninsula. Played every position for Ferndale and owned a
tremendous outside shot.” Three-year letterman at the Unversity of
PETE GENT – BANGOR
“Accumulated a 22.6 scoring average shooting with
either hand,” noted Hal Schram in his Free Press All-State write-up.
The 6-2 Gent scored 21 as Bangor knocked off top-ranked Grand Rapids
Lee, 57-45 for the Class C state title. Played college ball at
Michigan State where he led the team in scoring three consecutive
seasons. An author, he penned several
books, including “North Dallas Forty” following a pro career in the
Bill Chmielewski – Detroit Redeemer
Standing 6-10, Chmielewski averaged 23.4 points and
18 rebounds per game for the Class B state champs. A 4th team Parade
Magazine All-American. Later played at Dayton.
Doug Herner - Lansing Sexton
Member of the 1959 and 1960 Class A state champions.
Scored 290 points in 22 games as a senior.
Fred Thomann – Taylor Center
Scored 415 points in 19 games for a 21.9 average.
Earned MVP honors at Michigan State. Guided Willow Run High
School to the MHSAA Class B state basketball championship in 1968.
PETE TILLOTSON, LUDINGTON, 6-6
Scored 1,176 in his high school career, including 564 during his
senior season, with most of his field goals from out on the floor. A
Parade magazine fourth-team All-America selection.
“Referred to as the 'Gentle Giant,' because of the ease in which he
tossed the ball through the basket," said George Maskin in the
Detroit Times, he was the spark of three great teams in a row
at Ludington – quintets which have brought the Orioles the
North-Central B league title annually since 1952 and earned them a
spot in the 1953 state finals against St. Joseph.
George “Baby” Duncan, Highland Park
Four-year regular. A repeat selection on both the Free Press and
Times teams. Scored 280 points in 15 games on a team with two
All-State selections (Junior/Senior George Lee was the second) “An
excellent dribbler, passer and team player,” said the Detroit News.
Set the school single game scoring record with 43 in a ballgame.
Gary Giffen, Bay City Central
Leading vote-getter on the Saginaw Valley all-conference
team. Scored 300 points (119 field goals and 62 free throws) in 15
regular season games.
Art Gowens, Lansing
Sexton, 6-1, Jr/Sr.
Called the best player in Sexton history, Gowens “is a terrific man
under the boards, even thought pitted frequently against players two
to four inches taller. Set a Sexton regular season scoring mark with
George Lee, Highland Park 6-4, 205, Jr/Sr.
Like Gowens, a mid-year 1955 grad. Center for the Parkers. Scored
283 points in the regular season on hooks and jumpers.
According to coaches and sportswriters, a better one-two punch than
Duncan and Lee would be hard to find.
RON KRAMER, EAST DETROIT, 6-4
nine varsity letters at East Detroit. A first team All-State
selection in the Detroit News and Detroit Times,
Kramer earned second team all-state honors in the Detroit Free
Press. “Averaged better than 27 points per game in leading his
team to the Eastern Michigan title,” according to the Times, scoring
370 points during the regular season, and ”adding 100 more during
the tournament.” Later named the University of Michigan basketball
MVP for three straight seasons.
Dean VanderWal – Holland, 6-3½, 185
Towering, rugged and a consistent scorer. VanderWal tallied a
school-record 374 points for the Dutchmen. Later attended Michigan
Tom Klewicki –
Lansing Sexton, 5-7, 142
First team selection by all three Detroit papers. Set school
individual scoring record with 330 points. Led the Big Reds to 20
straight victories before losing to Dearborn Fordson in the
Leland “Lee” Ayotte,
Alpena Catholic Central,
First team Class B selection of the Free Press, News and
Times as a senior. Also named by the Free Press
and News to their honorary All State team as a junior.
“Drew acclaim from critics as perhaps the finest cager ever produced
in the northeastern sector of the Lower Peninsula. During his
four-year career, one year at Alpena St Anne and three at Catholic
Central, Ayotte amassed 1,099 points, excluding tournament
competition. “ Later played at Notre Dame, the alma mater of his
high school coach.
Joe Roberson, Flint
Two-time All-Valley selection. Named to the All-State first team by
the Detroit Free Press and the Times. A hookshot
specialist, Roberson was the first Flint player to lead the Saginaw
Valley conference in scoring in 16 years. Averaged 20.7 points per
game as a senior. Top-notch baseball prospect. Signed with the
Brooklyn Dodgers organization and later served as Athletic Director
at the University of Michigan.
FRANK TANANA – DETROIT ST. ANDREW, 6-2, 203.
Twice named to the Detroit Times and Detroit News
All-State team. According to the News, “…probably the standout in
any class, His generalship and all-around ability were big factors
as St. Andrew went through a second season without a loss.” “He was
the tournament’s No. 1 topic,” wrote Hal Schram in the Detroit
Free Press following the finals, “and without doubt, the most
valuable player to come out of this state in a decade.”
Fred Corbus,St. Louis, 6-2.
The state’s prep scoring king in 1952, Corbus totaled 406 points in
16 games for a 31.6 per game average. Scored 30 points in his team’s
53-34 win over Algonac for the Class C title. The total was the tops
in tournament history at the time, surpassing Russ Swaney’s 27
points scored for
East Grand Rapids in 1950. Corbus later played at Western Michigan.
Dave Parks – Highland Park,
Controlled the boards and was very effective in the pivot position,
where he scored 291 points. Helped Highland Park to an unbeaten
season by defeating Saginaw Arthur Hill for the Class A state
Bill Stuifbergen – Kalamazoo Central,
Only returning regular on a Kalamazoo squad that won three straight
Class A crowns. Overshadowed in the line-up by senior Ron Jackson a
year earlier, Stuifbergen “picked up
Jackson’s scoring and defensive load this year.” Finished with 323
points on the year. An all-around athlete, he also earned All-State
honors in football. Played three years of minor league baseball,
then served as a coach at Lansing Sexton and Kalamazoo Loy Norrix
Terry Thompson – Ishpeming,
The only repeater on the Free Press All-State first team, Thompson
led Ishpeming to the semifinals of the state tournament in 1952.
Averaged 24.8 points for the state quarterfinalists. Pivot shot left
most opponents helpless. Established a career scoring mark at
one year at Ball State, then returned to the Upper Peninsula to play
at Michigan Tech.
WEBSTER KIRKSEY – SAGINAW, 17, 5-10, 148.
According to the Detroit Free Press, “The hustling Kirkesy could
out-jump many six-footers when he uncoiled.” Piled up 298 points
in 15 games for Saginaw, earning first-team All-State honors from the
Free Press, Detroit News and Detroit Times. Following
a Hall of Fame career at
Michigan Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University). Kirksey
played professionally with the Harlem Globetrotters and the Goose Tatum
– Port Huron, 6-6
Led Big Reds to the MHSAA state finals in 1950, his junior year.
Averaged nearly 20 points per game before the team was upset by Grosse
Pointe in the regional round of the 1951 tournament.
– Kalamazoo Central, 17, 6-5,
Lone holdover from Kalamazoo’s title team of 1950, he scored 269 points
in 15 games. Controlled both backboards as the Maroons Giants
picked up their third consecutive Class A title.
– Pontiac Central, 18, 6-2, 165.
Woods poured in 220 points in 15 games as a senior. “Kept Pontiac in the
thick of the Saginaw Valley race after his running mate, Ty Sparrow,
graduated at mid-term,” noted the Free Press when honoring Woods
with a spot on their first-team All-State squad.
CHARLIE PRIMAS – DETROIT MILLER
A three-year veteran for coach Will Robinson’s
Trojans, the 6-2 Primas earned top All-State recognition from the
Detroit Times, the Free Press and the News as a senior. He led
Miller to two consecutive Metropolitan League titles. Played college
ball at Wayne State.
Milton Mead – Bay City Central
Established a new Saginaw Valley League scoring mark
with 269 points in 12 contests. Played at the University of
Jim Plecas – Detroit Catholic Central
Three-letter winner, established a new Parochial
League record as a senior with 232 points in 12 games. Led Catholic
Central to the Class A semifinal round of the tournament in 1950.
Art Spoelstra – Grand Rapids Godwin
Top player in the Grand Valley League, the 6-8 center
received 1st team All-State kudos from the Detroit News and the
Detroit Times, and second team honors from the Free Press. Led
Godwin to the Class B state semifinals in 1949, and the finals in
1950, where the unbeaten Wolverines were upset by Ishpeming.
Attended Western Kentucky, then played in the NBA.
DICK RIFENBURG – SAGINAW ARTHUR HILL
basketball observers after watching Rifenburg perform in the
semifinals and finals tagged his as one of the greatest performers
in tournament history,” wrote Bob Latshaw in the Free Press
on Monday following the tournament stated, Rifenburg ended the year
with 352 points scoring 24 in the Lumberjacks’ Class A state title
win over Kalamazoo Centra - the first basketball title in school
history. “A great shot from the pivot post. Greatest asset is
getting up off the floor and controlling the ball off the
Donald Groggel – Kalamazoo Central
Fine guard and a great competitor, Groggel also played
football and baseball for the Maroon Giants. Central’s high scorer
on the year, his sparkling efforts and consistent scoring carried
Central throught the MHSAA tournament to the state finals.
John Rakoczy – Orchard Lake St. Mary
Unanimous choice for the Detroit Times All-City Parish
team. Alone, Rakoczy contributed 331 points, 253 of them in league
play, for a 19 per game average at St. Mary rolled to a perfect 17-0
season. He also established and all-time high for a single game -
54 points. An excellent floor man in addition to his scoring
prowess, the combination gave the Eaglets a force that opponents
found hard to cope with. Later served as coach at St. Mary.
Jack Weisenburger, Muskegon Heights
A football, basketball and baseball star, Weisenburger
served as team captain on each squad in his senior year of high
school. Named to the All-Southwestern team, Weisenburger also
earned second team all-conference honors in football.
Dick Hall – Detroit Mackenzie
Poison in the scoring zone with a deadly pivot shot. Earned All-City
DON BOVEN – KALAMAZOO CENTRAL, 6-3
great retriever of rebounds,” noted the Kalamazoo Gazette
when naming him to the All-City team. Moved from forward to the
center position in mid-season and led the Maroons to a tie for the
Southwestern Class A conference championship. Named to the
all-conference team, Boven played college ball at Western Michigan
College, where he earned first-team All-American honors in 1949.
Later played NBA Basketball in Waterloo, Milwaukee and Fort Wayne.
He returned to Western following his professional playing days,
first as an instructor, then as their head basketball coach.
Art Bakeraitis – Bay
City Central, 6-4, 210
A three-sport star, Bakeraitis was the only unanimous selection of
the 13 member board of coaches and newspaper writers that named the
Saginaw Valley all-conference basketball team. Later played for the
Detroit Vagabond Kings of the NBL he was a first year inductee into
the Bay County Hall of Fame.
Dan Boisture –
Detroit Holy Redeemer, 6-1
Standing 6-1, “the curly-haired sharp shooter” was called as one of
the best forwards in the state by the Detroit Free Press
when they named him captain of their All-Catholic League team. Later
became head football coach at Eastern Michigan.
Eddie Johnson –
Topped the Saginaw Valley league scoring record by 41 points in his
senior year, posting 196 points over 12 league games. Honored with
selection to the Saginaw Valley All-Conference team.
Bob Hahn – Ann Arbor,
The top ballplayer at Ann Arbor High, Hahn was a steady rebounder
and top scoring threat for the Pioneers. Too tall to get in the
service, he played for a year in the Ann Arbor Industrial League
while working for a war plant, before heading off to college. Hahn
lettered in 1947, 1948 and 1949 at North Carolina State for
legendary coach Everett Case, who had served in the navy with Hahn’s
high school coach, Al Shaw. He later played briefly with the Chicago
Stags of the National Basketball League.
LARRY SAVAGE – SAGINAW
major contributor to Saginaw’s rise to the state Class A
championship. Leader of the Saginaw Valley Conference in scoring,
Savage was a unanimous All-Valley team selection and a Detroit
Free Press All-State selection. Scored 155 points in 12 league
games, then chalked up 85 in six tournament contests. An all-around
athlete, he was also one of the State’s top fullbacks on the
gridiron and considered an “excellent big league second-base
project,” according to the Free Press. Played football and baseball
in college at Northwestern University. Longtime city manager of
Paul Bard – Muskegon,
Named captain of the Detroit Free Press All-State team,
Bard was recognized for his hardworking style and cool leadership
under pressure. Scored 88 points in 13 regular season contests, then
47 points in tournament play. Provided one of the all-time classic
moments of state tournament history when, with four seconds left in
the contest, he stole an inbounds pass, then let lose a one-handed
shot from behind half court that went in to send the Class A
championship game with Saginaw into overtime. A three-sport man, he
also won letters in football and baseball.
Lynn Chandnois –
Flint Central, 6-2, 185.
“Pivot artist who set an all-time scoring record for the Flint
school and otherwise disported himself as a master of court
technique,” noted the Free Press. “Big, strong and
hard-going, Lynn scored 23 points in two games, once against
Saginaw’s state champions. A fast, clever floor man, he won
glowing accolades for his cage ability from practically every coach
and official who saw him. He’s a left-handed pivot man and an
excellent foul shooter.” A football All-American at Michigan State,
he played seven seasons in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers. A
first-semester senior in the winter of 1942, he graduated mid-year
in 1943, making him eligible for the 1942 Retro Mr. Basketball
Dillard Crocker –
Provided the offensive punch in leading Niles to the MHSAA Class B
championship. Didn’t see varsity action until the fifth game of this
team’s regular schedule, yet still scored 203 points in 16 games.
Tallied 20 points against Ecorse in the title game to give Niles its
first State title in 20 years. Played basketball while in WWII
service, then professionally from 1948 to 1953, including six
seasons with early NBA teams. A first-semester senior in the winter
Jack Scott – Hazel
A forward on an average Hazel Park team, scored 268 points in 14
games to set a scoring record for Southern Oakland County
competition. According to the Free Press, he rated head and
shoulders over all others in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Earned
nine varsity letters. Solid baseball player, Scott was also
considered an outstanding third baseman prospect.
DON OSTERMAN –
DETROIT ST. THERESA, FORWARD
Scored 221 points to lead St. Theresa to the state Class B title.
A four-year veteran, he scored 705 points during his prep career.
“Unusually fast for a big man, and probably the best player in the
state under the backboards. Specializes in pivot shots and
tip-ins” according to the Detroit Free Press.
Don Lund – Detroit
At the time, the best all-around athlete seen in the Detroit City
League in 10 years. A team player, Lund took few shots,
scoring 78 points in 10 games, but excelled in setting up his
higher-scoring teammates. “His cool aggressive floor play uncanny
judgment under the backboards and fine
sportsmanship made him one of the most valuable players in
Michigan,” stated the Free Press when announcing their
All-State selections for 1941. A three-sports star, Lund enjoyed a
seven-year career in baseball, logging time with the Brooklyn
Dodgers, the St. Louis Browns and the Detroit Tigers.
Joey Smith – Detroit St.
A first-team All-State selection by the Detroit Times. Paced
St. Theresa to the Class B title with 16 points in a win over
Sturgis. Scored 102 points during the 1941 season.
Dick Walterhouse – Ann
“Lead the 5-A League in scoring for the second straight year with 91
points in eight games and made 176 points in 15 games all season,”
said the Free Press, “very fast player, a quick shot and an
excellent ball handler.”
RALPH GIBERT – FLINT NORTHERN
Honorary captain of the
Free Press All-State team. An honor-roll
student, he scored 101 points in 18 games as a senior. Led Northern
to back-to-back Class A titles in 1939 and 1940. Played at the
University of Michigan.
Roy Clark – Pontiac Central
According to the Detroit Free Press article covering
the All-State team, “many persons considered Clark the best
basketball player ever to play at Pontiac." Scored 206 points in 18
Jack Fultz – Keego Harbor
Earned 11-letters during his high school career in
basketball, football and track. Scored 287 points in 22 games for
the Class C state runner-up squad. Outstanding passer.
EARL BROWN, JR – BENTON HARBOR
center and the top individual performer in the Southwestern Michigan
Conference, Brown finished his senior year as the league’s top
scorer. Twice named to the All-Conference team he attended Notre
Dame where he starred in both basketball and football. Today,
he is still considered one of the university’s greatest two-sport
Herman Fishman – Detroit Northern, 5-9
An outstanding multi-sport athlete, Fishman earned all-city honors
in football and baseball. Named to multiple all-city squads in
basketball in both his junior and senior seasons, he also captured
the state tennis championship.
Eddie Payne – Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills, 5-8
A three-sport star, led the City League in scoring in both his
junior and senior seasons, earning All-City honors in both years.
Victor Vanderburg – Kalamazoo State University
He was the key man in State High’s attack and a much better than
average defensive player. One of the school top athletes, he earned
All-City honors in football and again in basketball.
LINCOLN DODSON TRUSS – FLINT NORTHERN
with outstanding jumping ability and defensive skills, Truss scored
139 points on the year, including a league-leading 103 points (42
field goals, 19 free throws) in Saginaw Valley Conference play. In
the Class A state title game, Truss scored 12 points on six field
goals to lead the Eskimos, as Northern was known at the time, to the
championship with a 22-16 win over Grosse Pointe. He played in an
era where, because of his skin color, his options on the athletic
field after high school were severely limited.
Bill Barclay – Flint
Brother of head coach Jim Barclay and captain of the Northern squad,
Barclay tallied 72 points (28 FG, 16 FT) in Valley play earning
all-conference honors. Following high school, Barclay earned eight
varsity letters at the University of Michigan, before becoming an
assistant football and basketball coach and the head golf coach at
Michigan. In 1946, he was named head basketball coach at Harvard.
Marcel deBusschere –
Detroit DeLaSalle, 6-3
Controlled the tipoff against all opponents, and was largely
responsible for his team’s undefeated record. Named to the
Detroit Free Press and Detroit Times All-City Catholic
cage teams. Father of NBA legend, Dave DeBusschere.
Henry Kovacs –
Leading scorer in the Detroit Public School league, hitting 59 field
goals and 26 foul shots for 144 points. According to the Detroit
Times, Kovacs “stood out as the most consistent player of the
year. He had the best eye for the basket in the city league, winning
the individual scoring honors.” Scored 21 points in one game. Later
played at Western State Teachers Michigan (modern-day Western
Frank Lett - Battle Creek Central, 5-10
A four-sport letterman and the top athlete on the Battle Creek
Enquirer and Evening News’ All-City basketball team. “Has been
a star during his entire school career,” noted the newspaper at the
time. Enrolled at the University of Michigan, Lett was allowed a
spot on the school’s football team but was barred from playing
basketball. Michigan coach Franklin Cappon, explaining his decision
said, "No other Big Ten school has used a colored boy, and I do not
want to break the ice.” Lett left the school in disgust in the
spring of 1935
Leroy Muth –
Kalamazoo St. Augustine
“Strong and rangy, a power on both offense and defense,” stated
Kalamazoo Gazette sports editor, Jerry Hagan at the time. “His
was the steadying factor on the St. Augustine team that extended its
state tournament record to 31 straight wins before losing its hold
on the Michigan Class C crown in the 1933 semifinals at Lansing.”
Named to the Kalamazoo All-City team, he earned Player of the Year
honors in Kalamazoo and was also named to an All-Regional tournament
LOWELL MATTESON – PORTAGE
According to longtime Kalamazoo Gazette Sports Editor Jerry Hagan,
the "sensational sharpshooting of Matteson, Portage forward in each
game, was the talk of the Class D tournament." Matteson scored 36
points in the final three rounds of the Class D tournament to lead
Portage to the Class D State Championship. Finished the year with
231 points in 23 games.
Wayne Cruce – Highland Park
Two-time All-City selection by multiple Detroit papers. “Called by
many the best basketball player in the city,” according to the
Detroit Times. Served as captain of the Polar Bears. Rated a solid
ball handler and passer, who made good use of pivot. Intercepted
many opposing team passes.
Donald King Lewis –
Finished with 148 points for the season, including 30 in the final
three rounds of the state tournament. Singled out as "one of the
great individual stars of the tournament." In Mt.
Pleasant’s Class B championship victory over Niles, he scored 12
points on six field goals “thrown from all angles of the court for
half of his team's points." Later attended the University of
William Morris – Detroit Western
A 5-11, 160 pound guard. Two-time All-City selection, he was
considered equally effective offensively as defensively. “A good
ball handler with a keen eye for the basket,” according to the
Detroit Free Press. “Smart player under the basket and on
rebounds. Has keen knowledge of the
game’s fine points and fundamentals."
EDWARD HUTTENGA –
GRAND HAVEN, CENTER.
Considered one of the top, if not the top, center in the state. Played
four years for Grand Haven, serving as Captain of the team in 1931.
Although student enrollment classified Grand Haven in Class B, Huttenga
and his teammates competed in the Southwestern Conference, comprised of
Class A schools. After winning the league championship, coach Gus
Cohrs opted to have the Buccaneers, who won the Class B championship in
1929, compete for the Class A state crown. His squad knocked off
Battle Creek Central, Dearborn Fordson, then trounced Lansing Central,
31-15, in the title game to earn the crown. Huttenga, an
All-Conference selection, later lettered at Western State Teachers
College (now Western Michigan University).
Ford Moore – Detroit
“Possesses a world of speed and has a wonderful eye for the basket,”
noted the Detroit Times when announcing Moore’s selection to
their All-City squad. “He makes few mistakes during the game and can
lead the play on the offense.”
Charles Muth – Kalamazoo St.
Scored 18 points in the state semifinals, and 12 points in the title
game to lead the Irish to the second of three straight Class C state
championships. The older of a pair of brothers (the other was
named LeRoy) featured in coach Harve Freeman’s famed “Rotary Offense”.
Later played at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State
Frank Worzniak – Hamtramck,
Led the Cosmos to 14 victories in 15 starts. “Shifty fast and an
excellent passer”, stated the Detroit Free Press, “he also excels
at basket shooting as attested by the fact that he rang up 69 points in
league competition to capture high scoring honors in the city.” In
later years, Worzniak served as longtime coach at Hamtramck.
JOHN TOOKER – KALAMAZOO ST. AUGUSTINE
Captain and center for coach Harv Freeman’s Class C
state champs. Dominated his position, and his ability to take the
tip-off on nearly every occasion in the title game led to
Augustine’s 40-9 win over Lansing St. Mary in the title game. Also a
state track champion.
Hank Ceasor – Port Huron
A top all-around athlete in Port Huron, Ceasor earned
1st team All-Tournament honors for the Class A quarterfinalists.
Emanuel Fishman – Detroit Northern
Known for his one-handed push shot, Fishman hit the
game winner with 35 seconds remaining as the Eskimos defeated
Kalamazoo Central 16-14 for the Class A state championship. (Detroit
Public League schools dropped from MHSAA state tournament
competition the following year, and didn’t return until 1962.)
Co-captain at Northern, he was considered the city league’s
outstanding performer for the season.
BENNIE OOSTERBAAN - MUSKEGON
to football All-state first team in both 1923 and 1924 by Richard
Remington of the Detroit News, Oosterbaan’s reputation in
prep circles soured when he lead Muskegon to the Class A state high
school basketball championship as a junior in the spring of 1923.
Invited to the University of Chicago National Interscholastic
Tournament, Muskegon finished fourth in the event while Oosterbaan
was named to the first team All-Tournament team.
Fred DenHerder – Grand Haven.
High point man with 236 of the team’s 630 points. Won three varsity
letters in both basketball and football. Constant work and capable
leadership guided Grand Haven through a championship season.
Selected to the Class B All-Tournament team.
Louis Gilbert – Kalamazoo Central.
Five “K” letterman (football, basketball, tennis, track and
baseball) at Central, he captained the basketball squad, finishing
the season at the team’s leading scorer. An outstanding tennis
player, we earned Midwest titles in both singles and doubles play at
Ann Arbor. Later played football at Michigan, where he developed
into one of the greatest punters in the nation.
Bo Molenda - Detroit Northeastern
Football, basketball and baseball star, Molenda began his
high school playing days at Decatur High School in Illinois before
the family moved to Detroit following his sophomore year. An
All-State selection in football in both his junior and senior
seasons, he was also named to All-City teams in both years in
basketball. While Northeastern was eliminated in the early rounds of
the state basketball tournament, the team did except an invitation
to play in the Chicago National Interscholastic Tournament,
finishing fourth. Molenda earned second team All-Tournament honors
HENRY SCHRUMPF – NILES
A calm, reliable
leader, Schrumpf set a state final scoring mark with a 26-point
performance (eight field goals and 10 of 12 from the free throw
line) in the 1923 state title game against Alma.
He finished his senior season with 285 points (103 field
goals, 79 of 143 free throws).
A three-sport star and captain of the basketball team at
Western Normal College (today known as Western Michigan University), he later earned a baseball tryout with the
White Sox, then returned to Michigan, serving as a basketball coach
at Whitehall and Grand Rapids Creston.
Eddie Chambers – Niles
Made up for his lack of
weight with speed and grittiness. Scored 134 points in 25 games. Became the University of
Michigan basketball captain in 1927 then went on to a Hall of Fame
career as high school coach at Crystal Falls. Chambers guided his
cage teams to 312 wins, including 34 straight victories in
1938-39-40. His teams won 16 district titles in Class B, (12
consecutive from 1936-1947) six consecutive Upper Peninsula
basketball championships 1938-1944 (there was no quarterfinal, semifinal or final round in
the tournament in '43) and finished as U.P. runner-up in 1934, 1936
George Elias – Alma
honors at both the Central Michigan Normal College tournament and at
the State tournament, hosted one week later, where his team finished
the season as state runner-up in Class B. Later played college ball at Western Michigan Normal College.
Elis Hartz –
A speedy, diminutive
forward, “who would dribble through the defense and shoot with
deadly accuracy.” Lead the 1922 and 1923 Holly teams to state Class
C basketball championships.
Named to the All-Tournament team in both seasons.
ROYAL "RED" CHERRY – GRAND RAPIDS UNION
Led Union to a 27-9 win over Kalamazoo Central for the 1922 Class A
crown. Received high accolades in tournament play and was a
unanimous selection for first team All-Tournament honors at center.
“Few high school men as capable as Cherry have ever taken part in a
state tournament,” stated an Ann Arbor News reporter at the time.
“Combining speed with exceptional generalship, Cherry is one of the
brightest prospects in years. Not only is a good basket shot and a
competent free throw artist but he is also a general, who knows all
phases of the game and handles his men in a capable manner.” He
later played at the University of Michigan.
Richard Doyle – Kalamazoo Central
Named to the Class A All-Tournament team. Played for Galesburg High
School as a junior but attended high school at Kalamazoo Central in
his senior year. Tall, husky, yet “fast on his feet”, Doyle played
guard and was a
considered a “bear on defense.” A strong rebounder and an ideal
guard, Doyle was especially strong in the opposing team’s end of the
court. “In every game he played he broke up play after play.” Solid
track man. Later became the first basketball All-American at the
Harry Lee – Niles
Scored 203 points in 25 games. One of three players from Niles named
to the Class B All-Tournament first team. Team finished as Class B
State Champion in 1922 and would repeat in 1923. Lee would later
earn four basketball letters while at Western Normal (now Western
Michigan University.) Later became a high school coach at St. Joseph
High School, where he led his 1946 Class B squad to the Class B
James Scanlon – Negaunee
Helped lead Negaunee to the Upper Peninsula title and an entry in
the State Tournament at Ann Arbor. While the team lost in their
first round appearance to Kalamazoo, Negaunee emerged as the
champion of the consolation series, earning third place honors in
the tourney. Finished as the top individual point scorer in the
tournament, “caging 22 field baskets in the four games he played.”
Strong on defense as well, Scanlon earn a first-team spot on the
All-Tournament squad. Played the first semester of the 1922-23
season, but was a mid-year graduate, making him ineligible for the
state tournament in 1923. Hence he was considered for the 1922
GEORGE HAGGARTY – YPSILANTI, FORWARD.
A second-team All-Tournament selection for his efforts in the Class
A state basketball event, hosted at Michigan Agricultural College
(now Michigan State University). In the spring of 1921, Haggerty
also grabbed track titles in the 120-yard 42” hurdles and the
220-yard 30” low hurdles. Lettered in basketball in 1923, 1924 and
1925 at the University of Michigan.
F. Monihan – Detroit Northern, Guard.
A near unanimous choice at guard on the Class A All-Tournament team,
Monihan led Northern to runner-up honors in the M.A.C. tournament.
Harley Catherman – Farmington,
All-Tournament selection in the Class B tourney held at the
University of Michigan. Catherman worked as a coach and a counselor
at Detroit Mackenzie High School for many years. Played football and
baseball at Alma College where he was recognized with Hall of Fame
HARRY KIPKE – LANSING CENTRAL
A 12-letterwinner, including three in basketball,
Kipke served as captain and guard in his senior year. Was honored on
the All-Tournament team when his team advanced to the semifinal
round of the Class A tourney. Later played and coached at the
University of Michigan.
Bruno Smokiewicz – Detroit
Starred for Coach Bert Maris on league championship
teams in 1919 and 1920, state title squads in 1917 and 1920, and a
state runner-up in 1919. Named to the 1920 All-Tournament team.
Later played pro ball for ABL's Detroit Lions and the ABL's Detroit
William Springsteen – Detroit
One of six Honorable Mention players on the 1919
All-Tournament team, Springsteen earned 1st team all-tournament team
honors in 1920. Also All-State in football as a center in the fall
of both 1918 and 1919. Played college football and basketball at
Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Played professionally for the
Frankfort Yellow Jackets of the upstart National Football League in