By: Butch Harmon
Top 100 Michigan basketball players of all time
1. EARVIN “Magic” Johnson, G, LANSING EVERETT (1974-1977): On the Mount Rushmore of all-time NBA players, Magic is the gold standard in the state of Michigan. He mesmerized high school basketball fans in the mid 1970’s. During his senior year, Everett’s regular-season game against Jay Vincent and Lansing Eastern was moved to Jenison Fieldhouse and played before 10,000 fans, with Eastern winning. The district matchup between the two schools was covered by local television on a weeknight. Johnson led Everett to the 1977 Class A state title with a dramatic overtime win over Brother Rice. He went on to lead Michigan State University to an NCAA national title and the Los Angeles Lakers to four NBA titles during his Hall of Fame career. His battles with Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics are legendary.
2. CHRIS WEBBER, F, DETROIT COUNTRY DAY (1988-1991): Webber was one of the most electrifying players ever in the state of Michigan. During his high school career, he thrilled fans across the state as he led his team to three straight Class B state titles. Webber was the MVP of the McDonald’s and Dapper Dan all-star games as a senior. He then led the University of Michigan to a pair of national title game appearances as the centerpiece of the ‘Fab Five.' Webber went on to be the NBA rookie of the year and a five-time NBA all-star who finished his NBA career with over 17,000 points and 8,000 rebounds.
3. GEORGE “THE ICEMAN” GERVIN, G, DETROIT MARTIN LUTHER KING (1968-1970): One of the finest shooters in the history of basketball, “The Iceman” had unlimited range on his jumper and a silky-smooth finger roll that has never been duplicated. Gervin averaged 31 points and 20 rebounds per game as he led King to the state quarterfinals in 1968. He averaged 29.5 points as a sophomore at Eastern Michigan University and went on to play with the San Antonia Spurs of the NBA, where he was a nine-time NBA all-star. Gervin was a four-time NBA scoring champion who finished his NBA career with 26,595 points (25.1 ppg).
4. CHET ‘THE JET’ WALKER, F, BENTON HARBOR (1956-1958): The finest player from southwestern Michigan, in high school, Walker was a two-time all-state player and an all-American. He helped lead Benton Harbor to the Class A state semifinals as a junior and to the 1958 state title game as a senior, where the Tigers fell to Dave DeBusschere and Austin Catholic. Walker went on to play at Bradley University, where he was a two-time all-American. He then played 13 seasons in the NBA for the 76ers and Bulls. He was a seven-time NBA all-star who finished his career with 18,800 points (18.2 avg.) and over 7,300 rebounds (7.1 avg.). He was also elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
5. DAVE DEBUSSCHERE, F, AUSTIN CATHOLIC (1956-1958): DeBusschere led Austin to the Class A final in 1957, where he scored 27 points in his team's runner-up finish to Muskegon Heights. The next year, Austin Catholic returned to the final and won the Class A state title. He played for the University of Detroit, where he was one of the greatest college rebounders of all time, averaging 19.4 rebounds per game for his career. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons and played 12 years in the NBA, where he was an eight-time NBA all-star. DeBusschere was a two-time NBA world champion with the New York Knicks and was named in 1996 as one of the top 50 players in NBA history. For his career, DeBusschere scored over 14,000 points, grabbed over 9,000 rebounds, and recorded over 2,000 assists.
6. SPENCER HAYWOOD, F, DETROIT PERSHING (1965-1967): Haywood’s resume is unbelievable. A two-time all-PSL player in 1966-67, he helped lead the Doughboys, arguably the finest Michigan high school team ever, to the 1967 state title. Three times during his high school career, he had games with 30 or more rebounds. After high school, Haywood attended Trinidad State Junior College in Colorad, where he averaged 28 points and 22 rebounds per game. In the summer of 1968, he averaged 19 points for the U.S. gold medal basketball team in Mexico City. The next year, in his one season of D1 college basketball at the University of Detroit, Haywood averaged 32.1 points and 21.5 rebounds per game. He then challenged the NBA draft rules and became the first college player to go ‘hardship.' He was drafted by the Denver Rockets of the ABA, and in his rookie year, he averaged 30 points and 19.5 rebounds per game. Haywood went on to be a four-time NBA all-star with the Seattle Supersonics. During his five years with Seattle, he averaged 24.9 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.
7. SHANE BATTIER, F, DETROIT COUNTRY DAY (1994-1997): When describing Battier, one word stands out, and that is 'winner.' Few players in the state have the resume to match Battier’s: Three-time state champion and Mr. Basketball winner at Country Day. National champion at Duke University. Two-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat. Battier is the only player to ever win both the high school player of the year award and the Naismith Award in college. He was taken sixth in the 2001 NBA draft and has had his number retired at Duke.
8. RALPH SIMPSON, G, DETROIT PERSHING (1966-1968): The Pershing teams of the 1960s were as talented as any in state history, and Simpson was a reason why. He scored 43 points as a junior in the 1967 Class A state title game, and as a senior in 1968, he averaged 32 points per game. Simpson was also the only high school player in the nation to be invited to try out for the 1968 U.S. Olympic team. In his one season of varsity ball at Michigan State University (freshmen were not eligible to play on varsity at the time), Simpson led the Big Ten in scoring, with 29 points per game. He turned pro after his sophomore season and played 10 years in the ABA and NBA, where he totaled over 11,000 career points.
9. CAMPY RUSSELL, F, PONTIAC CENTRAL (1969-1971): One of the greatest Michigan high school stars ever, Russell was a two-time player of the year in the early 1970s. His senior year, he was named the best high school player in the nation by Basketball News and was MVP of the Dapper Dan All-Star game. At the University of Michigan, Russell set freshman team records, and then in two years on the varsity, he scored 1,082 points and led the Big Ten in scoring his junior year and was second in rebounding. He also led Michigan to the NCAA regional final, where it lost to eventual national champion Marquette University. After college, Russell played nine years in the NBA and was an NBA all-star once. He totaled almost 9,000 points and over 2,600 rebounds.
10. GLEN RICE, F, FLINT NORTHWESTERN (1982-1985): The Northwestern teams of the mid 1980s were as dominant as any in the history of the state. The Wildcats won back-to-back Class A state titles in '84 and '85, and Rice was the state’s Mr. Basketball in 1985. He went on to win a national title at the University of Michigan in 1989 and was the Final Four MVP. Rice is Michigan’s all-time leading scorer for a career (2,442 points) and for a season (949). He was a 15-year NBA veteran and won an NBA title with the 2000 Los Angeles Lakers. A three-time NBA all-star, Rice finished his NBA career with over 18,000 points and 4,000 rebounds.
11. JALEN ROSE, G, DETROIT SOUTHWESTERN (1987-1991): Rose finished second to Chris Webber in the 1991 Mr. Basketball voting. During his high school years, Rose led the Prospectors to state titles his junior and senior seasons. At the University of Michigan, he was part of the ‘Fab Five’ with Chris Webber and helped the Wolverines reach the NCAA national title games as a freshman and as a sophomore. During his three years at Michigan, Rose scored over 1,700 points, grabbed over 400 rebounds, dished out over 400 assists, and added over 100 steals. Over his 14-year NBA career, he totaled over 13,000 points, 3,000 rebounds, and 3,000 assists.
12. DERRICK COLEMAN, F, DETROIT NORTHERN (1983-1986): Coleman finished fourth in the 1986 Mr. Basketball Award voting but went on to be one of the finest power forwards in basketball history. A three-time all-Big East player at Syracuse University, Coleman was also a Player of the Year in the Big East and helped lead the Orangemen to an NCAA tournament title game. Coleman was the first overall pick of the 1990 NBA draft. He played 15 seasons in the NBA and finished with over 12,000 points, over 7,000 rebounds, and over 1,000 blocked shots.
13. TERRY MILLS, F, ROMULUS (1983-1986): Mills was one of the premier talents, not just in Michigan, but in the nation, during the mid 1980s. A multi-talented forward with an outstanding shooting stroke, he was the No. 2-ranked player in the nation his senior year and committed to the University of Michigan over the University of Kentucky. Mills went on to help lead the Wolverines to the 1989 national championship and then played 11 years in the NBA, where he scored over 7,000 career points.
14. MATEEN CLEAVES, G, FLINT NORTHERN (1993-1996): In 1996, Cleaves helped lead Flint Northern to the Class A state championship and finished second in the Mr. Basketball voting. One of the famed ‘Flintstones’ at Michigan State University, Cleaves helped the Spartans win the 2000 NCAA National Championship and was named the MVP of the Final Four. He was Michigan State’s only three-time all-American and was twice named the Big Ten Player of the Year. He also has the Big 10 and Michigan State records for assists in a season and in a career. He went on to play six years in the NBA.
15. RUDY TOMJANOVICH, F, HAMTRAMCK (1964-1966): ‘Rudy T’ was a basketball standout long before he coached the Houston Rockets. A high school all-American in 1966, Tomjanovich went on to the University of Michigan, where he still holds a number of rebounding records. He was a two-time all-Big Ten player and was an all-American his senior year. Tomjanovich played 12 years in the NBA for the Rockets, where he was a five-time NBA all-star. Rudy T finished his career with over 13,000 points (17.4 avg.) and over 6,000 rebounds (8.1 avg.).
16. DAN ‘THUNDER DAN’ MAJERLE, G/F, TRAVERSE CITY CENTRAL (1980-1983): Majerle began to gain notice throughout the state his senior year when he averaged 37 points and 16 rebounds per game and led the Trojans to the Class A quarterfinals. He gained more success in college when, in his junior year, he helped lead Central Michigan University to the Mid-American Conference title and to the NCAA tournament, where it was knocked out by Reggie Miller and UCLA. Majerle scored 2,055 points in college and was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the NBA draft.He was a three-time NBA all-star and scored over 10,000 points during his career and had his number retired by the Suns.
17. STEVE SMITH, G, DETROIT PERSHING (1985-1987): Smith burst onto the scene his senior year of high school when he made first-team all-state and finished eighth in the Mr. Basketball voting. Smith went to Michigan State University, where he was a Big Ten MVP and led the Big Ten in scoring in 1991. A two-time all-American, he finished his career with 2,263 points, enough for seventh all-time in the Big Ten and second at Michigan State. Smith was drafted fifth overall by the Miami Heat and played on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team. He played 14 years in the NBA, where he was a one-time NBA all-star. He finished his career with over 13,000 points and 2,900 assists.
18. DAN ROUNDFIELD, F, DETROIT CHADSEY (1968-1971): Roundfield, an overlooked recruit coming out of Chadsey High School, went on to become one of the top power forwards of all time. During his three years on the varsity at Central Michigan University, he averaged a double-double in points and rebounds. The MAC Player of the Year as a senior, he totaled 1,318 (16.7 avg.) career points and 1,031 (13.1) career rebounds. Roundfield went on to play 12 years in the ABA and NBA. He was a three-time NBA all-star and made the NBA All-Defensive Team five times. Roundfield finished his NBA career with 11,657 points (14.3 avg.), 7,502 rebounds (9.2), and 1,160 blocked shots (1.4).
19. MORRIS PETERSON, G/F, FLINT NORTHWESTERN (1992-1995): Peterson finished eighth in the 1995 Mr. Basketball voting. One of the ‘Flintstones’ who helped win the 2000 NCAA national championship at Michigan State University, Peterson was the Big Ten Player of the Year his senior year and earned all-American honors when he led the Spartans in scoring. Peterson went on to play 11 years in the NBA after being selected in the first round of the 2000 NBA draft.
20. MARK MACON, G, BUENA VISTA (1983-1987): Macon was 1987s Mr. Basketball as a senior, and he helped Buena Vista win a state title as a junior. He was also part of Buena Vista’s state runner up teams as a freshman and sophomore. As a freshman at Temple University, Macon averaged 20.6 points per game and led the Owls to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. He is Temple’s all-time leader in points (2,609) and steals (281), and he went on to play six years in the NBA.
21. JAY VINCENT, C, LANSING EASTERN (1974-1977): If not for Magic Johnson, Vincent might have been the greatest basketball player to come out of Lansing. His games against Magic and Everett were legendary. Vincent went on to win a national title at Michigan State University with Magic, and he led the Big 10 in scoring as both a junior and as a senior. He then played nine years in the NBA and scored over 8,000 points and grabbed over 3,000 rebounds.
22. JEFF GRAYER, G, FLINT NORTHWESTERN (1981-1984): Grayer was third in the voting for Mr. Basketball in 1984, as he helped lead Northwestern to a Class A state title. After high school, he went to Iowa State University, where he was a three-time all-Big Eight player and earned all-American status. Grayer is Iowa State’s career scoring leader with 2,502 points. He was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team and played for nine years in the NBA.
23. SHAWN RESPERT, G, BISHOP BORGESS (1986-1989): Respert was a first-team all-state player who placed fourth in the Mr. Basketball voting his senior year. As a junior, he helped lead Bishop Borgess to the Class B state final. Respert went on to a big career at Michigan State University, where he was a two-time all-American, National Player of the Year, and Big Ten Player of the Year. He totaled 2,531 career points, the second-highest total in Big Ten history and the highest total in Michigan State history. Respert was picked eighth overall by the Portland Trailblazers in the 1995 NBA draft. He played four years in the NBA and several years in Europe and is currently an assistant coach in the NBA.
24. ANTOINE ‘THE JUDGE’ JOUBERT, G, DETROIT SOUTHWESTERN (1980-1983): Joubert was one of the most celebrated players in the state during his career at Southwestern. Mr. Basketball in 1983, Joubert helped lead Southwestern to back-to-back Class A state final appearances in 1982 and 1983. He averaged 31.3 ppg as a senior and 30.6 ppg as a junior and ended his career with 2,208 points. At the University of Michigan, Joubert scored over 1,500 points and totaled over 500 assists during his career.
25. SAM VINCENT, G, LANSING EASTERN (1978-1981): Sam was the very first Mr. Basketball in 1981. As a senior, he scored 61 points in a game and broke the Lansing city scoring record of 54 points that had been held by Magic Johnson. Vincent went on to win a Big Ten scoring title at Michigan State University, where he was also named an all-American. He then played seven seasons in the NBA.
26. ERIC TURNER, G, FLINT CENTRAL (1979-1981): One of the finest point guards to ever come out of the state, Turner finished second to Sam Vincent for 1981 Mr. Basketball. A McDonald’s all-American, Turner averaged 20.9 points and 8.9 assists per game as a senior and helped Central win the 1981 Class A state title. He holds MHSAA state records for assists in a game (25), a season (341), and a career (726). He went on to star at the University of Michigan, where he was an all-American and is sixth all-time in assists.
27. JASON RICHARDSON, F, SAGINAW ARTHUR HILL (1996-1999): Richardson won the 1999 Mr. Basketball Award, as he led Arthur Hill to the Class A state title game. He was a McDonald’s all-American who went on to play at Michigan State University. Richardson earned all-American honors his sophomore season when he helped lead the Spartans to the Final Four. He was selected as the fifth pick of the 2001 draft by the Golden State Warriors. One of the greatest dunkers of all time, Richardson won back-to-back NBA Slam Dunk titles, becoming only the second player after Michael Jordan to achieve the feat.
28. TERRY ‘THE TRIGGER’ FURLOW, G, FLINT NORTHERN (1971-1972): Furlow was a memorable outside shooter who was a member of Flint Northern’s 1972 team that went a perfect 25-0. At Michigan State University, Furlow led the Big Ten in scoring in 1976 with a school-record 29.4 points per game and finished his Spartan career with 1,717 points. He has the two top-scoring games in Spartan history, as he scored 50 and 48 points in games before the advent of the three-point line. Furlow became the first player from Flint to be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft. He played four years in the NBA and averaged 10 points per game before he died in an automobile accident.
29. ROY MARBLE, G/F, BEECHER (1981-1985): Marble was the runner-up for the Mr. Basketball Award in 1985 when he led the Buccaneers to the Class B state title that they won in a dramatic double-overtime game against Buena Vista. Marble continued his career at the University of Iowa, where he scored a school-record 2,116 points. He was then drafted in the first round of the NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
30. ROY TARPLEY, C, DETROIT COOLEY (1980-1982): Tarpley was one of the finest all-around centers to ever come out of the state, An all-PSL player his senior year, Tarpley went on to the University of Michigan, where he was a two-time All-American and was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1985. Tarpley was selected seventh overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1986 NBA Draft. He played five years in the NBA and averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game. Off-court issues, however, led to him being banned by the NBA, and he spent the bulk of his career playing in Europe and in various minor leagues.
31. JOHNNY DAVIS, G, DETROIT MURRAY-WRIGHT (1971-1973): Davis is one of the most overlooked players in the state. He averaged 27 points per game as a junior and 31 points per game as a senior. Davis went on to play at the University of Dayton, where he twice averaged over 21 points per season and finished with 1,562 points in three years. He then played 10 years in the NBA, won an NBA title with Portland, and finished his career with over 9,500 points, 3,300 assists, and 1,500 rebounds. Since retiring, he has been a head coach or assistant coach in the NBA for almost 20 years.
32. CURTIS JONES, G, DETROIT NORTHWESTERN (1965-1968): A Detroit playground legend, Jones was also a dynamic high school player. A three-time all-PSL selection, Jones had some legendary performances against Detroit Pershing, including a win over Pershing in the PSL finals that was broadcast live on Detroit television and a regional semifinal game against Pershing that was also broadcast live. Jalen Rose has been quoted as saying that Jones was “Magic Johnson before Magic Johnson,” and George Gervin said that Jones was the “best player he ever played against.”
33. TRENT TUCKER, G, FLINT NORTHWESTERN (1976-1978): Tucker was a sharp-shooting guard who lit up the nets for Northwestern in the late 1970s. After high school, he went on to the University of Minnesota, where he helped lead the Golden Gophers to the 1982 Big Ten title and eventually had his number 32 retired. Tucker was drafted sixth overall by the New York Knicks and played 11 years in the NBA, winning an NBA title with the 1993 Chicago Bulls. He finished his NBA career with over 6,000 points and 1,500 assists.
34. LARRY FOGLE, F, DETROIT COOLEY (1970-1972): Few players could fill up the basket like this cult hero of the Detroit PSL in the early 1970s. Fogle scored 73 points in a game in which he only played three quarters. His senior year, he averaged over 35 points per game. At Canisius College, Fogle led the NCAA in scoring his junior year with 33.4 points per game. He was drafted in the second round of the NBA draft by the New York Knicks.
35. LINDSAY HAIRSTON, C, DETROIT KETTERING (1971-1973): Hairston was a dominating center during the early 1970s for Kettering. A two-time first-team all-state player, he averaged 23 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocked shots his senior season as he helped lead Kettering to the Class A title game, where it lost by a single point to Flint Northern. Hairston finished his high school career with 1,390 points. He went on to play at Michigan State University and averaged 15.8 points and 11 rebounds during his three years there. Hairston was drafted by the Pistons and played one year for Detroit before a successful professional career in France.
36. MIKE ROBINSON, G, DETROIT NORTHEASTERN (1968-1970): Pound for pound, Robinson was one of the greatest players to come out of the state. He was a two-time, first-team all-PSL player who was second to George Gervin in the PSL in scoring as a senior. Robinson, who was 5'10" and 140 pounds in high school, went on to Michigan State University, where he averaged 34 ppg on the freshman team and was twice called for goaltending. He led the Spartans in scoring all three seasons he played varsity and was the Big Ten scoring champion his junior and seniors seasons. Robinson averaged 24.7 ppg as a junior and 25.3 ppg as a senior and during his Spartan career averaged 24.2 ppg over 71 games.
37. GREG ‘SPECIAL K’ KELSER, F, DETROIT HENRY FORD (1973-1975): Kelser was an all-state player his senior year who went on to a memorable career at Michigan State University, where he was part of the 1979 national championship team with Magic Johnson. Kelser scored 2,014 points during his Spartan career. He led MSU in scoring three seasons and was an all-American his senior year. Kelser then played seven seasons in the NBA.
38. KEVIN WILLIS, C, DETROIT PERSHING (1978-1980): The classic ‘late bloomer,' Willis only earned honorable mention all-PSL honors his senior year. He played one year at Jackson Community College before playing three years at Michigan State University. Willis was then drafted by the Atlanta Hawks and played over two decades in the NBA for seven different teams. He won an NBA title and was a one-time NBA all-star. He finished his career with over 17,500 points and over 11,900 rebounds.
39. REGGIE HARDING, C, DETROIT EASTERN (1959-1961): Arguably the best center to play high school basketball in the state, the 7-foot-tall Harding averaged 25 points per game during is three-year high school career. He averaged 29 points per game as a senior when he was a first-team all-American after earning all-American honors the year before. Harding never played college basketball, as he played for the Harlem Globetrotters after high school and then went to the Detroit Pistons in 1963.
40. ROBERT ‘BUBBLES’ HAWKINS, G, DETROIT PERSHING (1969-1972): One of the greatest high school guards in PSL history, Hawkins was a two-time first-team all-PSL player and a second-team selection as a sophomore. He was a two-time high school all-American who averaged 28 points and 12 assists as a senior. He played two years at Illinois State University, where he set a single-game scoring record with 58 points. Hawkins played for four teams during four years in the NBA, where he averaged 12 points per game during his career.
41. RICHIE JORDAN, G, FENNVILLE (1962-1965): The “Fennville Flash” averaged 44.1 points per game and earned all-American honors his senior year. As a junior, Jordan averaged 35.6 ppg in 16 games. He was not just a shooter, as the 5-foot-7-inch guard could dunk with either hand, and legend has it he had a 51" vertical jump. Jordan played one year of varsity basketball at Michigan State University before concentrating on his baseball career.
42. TERRANCE ROBERSON, F, BUENA VISTA; F, NOUVEL CATHOLIC CENTRAL (1995-1997): Roberson was a highlight-reel player during the mid-1990s at Buena Vista. Part of Class B state title teams as a freshman and as a sophomore, he was a three-time all-state player, who was also named to the Parade All-American team his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. As a senior, he averaged 25 points and 14 rebounds per game and was ranked as one of the top 10 players in the country. Roberson went on to play at California State University, Fresno, where he scored over 1,600 points and averaged in double figures in scoring three seasons. Roberson played one year in the NBA and then had a lengthy professional career in several countries around the word.
43. CHARLIE BELL, G, FLINT SOUTHWESTERN (1995-1997): Bell finished his high school career with 2,146 points (25.6 avg.). He finished runner-up to Shane Battier in the Mr. Basketball voting in 1997. One of the ‘Flintstones’ who helped Michigan State University win the 2000 NCAA National championship, Bell appeared in three Final Fours during his career at MSU. He was also a four-time Defensive Player of the Year for the Spartans. He had a lengthy professional career in both Europe and in the NBA. Bell averaged 13 ppg one season for the Milwaukee Bucks.
44. MARCUS TAYLOR, G, WAVERLY (1997-2000): Hailed as the ‘Next Magic Johnson’ in elementary school, Taylor had a highly productive high school career. He was a two-time Parade All-American and a McDonald’s All-American. He captured the 2000 Mr. Basketball Award when he led Waverly to the 2000 Class A state championship. For his career, he finished with 2,448 points (25.5), the seventh-best total in Michigan history. He also totaled 580 career assists, which ranks him sixth in the state. Taylor went on to play at Michigan State University, and in his sophomore season, he became only the second player in Big Ten history, and the first in MSU history, to lead the league in scoring and in assists, Taylor declared for the NBA draft after his sophomore season and was drafted by Minnesota. Since then, he has had a lengthy international career.
45. ANTONIO SMITH, F, FLINT NORTHERN (1992-1995): The original ‘Flintstone,' Smith was a ferocious rebounder and defender who helped propel the Michigan State University basketball program to where it is today. Smith helped lead Flint Northern to the 1995 state championship with one of the finest high school teams in state history. He led Michigan State in rebounding three times during his career and finished in fourth place with 1,016 career rebounds at MSU.
46. JAMES YOUNG, G, ROCHESTER; G, TROY (2010-2013): A two-time all-state player in high school, Young averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds, and two steals as a junior at Troy and then pumped in 27 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists as a senior at Rochester. Young was an all-American who played in both the Jordan Brand Classic and the McDonald’s All-Star games. He went on to the University of Kentucky, where he helped lead the Wildcats to the national championship game. His dunk over a pair of Connecticut defenders in that game may have been the best dunk of the tournament. Young, an outstanding outside shooter, averaged 14 ppg and is expected to be drafted midway through the first round of the 2014 NBA draft.
47. DRAYMOND ‘DAY DAY’ GREEN, F, SAGINAW (2005-2008): One of the most versatile and productive players of all time, Draymond helped lead Saginaw to back-to-back Class A state titles in 2007 and 2008 and finished second in the 2008 Mr. Basketball voting. He then went on to Michigan State University, where he played in a Final Four and became Michigan State’s all-time rebounding leader with 1,096. Green was a two-time Spartan MVP and finished 17th in total points with 1,517. He also finished second in MSU history in career steals with 180 and third in career blocks with 117. He is currently in his second year of playing in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors.
48. ANTHONY ‘PEEPER’ ROBERSON, G, SAGINAW (1999-2002): Roberson was a three-time all-state player at Saginaw. He twice led the Trojans to the state semifinals in Class A, and as a sophomore, he quarterbacked Saginaw’s state champion football team. Roberson finished second in the Mr. Basketball voting in 2002 and was a Parade All-American. His senior year he averaged 30 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocked shots. Roberson played at the University of Florida, where he was twice all-SEC and was runner-up as SEC Player of the Year his junior year. He finished with 1,505 career points and led the Gators twice in scoring and once in assists. He has played for four NBA teams and for a number of international pro teams since college.
49. AL HORFORD, C, GRAND LEDGE (2001-2004): Horford finished fifth in the Mr. Basketball voting in 2004. He was the Class A Player of the Year in 2004, when he averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocked shots per game. Horford is the all-time point leader in school history with 1,239, and he holds seven Grand Ledge records. He played in college at Florida, where he was a member of two national championship teams. Horford finished with 1,123 career points, was sixth in career rebounds with 869, and second in career blocks with 189. He was picked third by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2007 NBA draft and is a two-time NBA all-star.
50. WILSON CHANDLER, F, BENTON HARBOR (2002-2005): Chandler was a dominating player, a three-time all-stater who averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds as a junior. During his senior year, he averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks per game and was named the 2005 Mr. Basketball. Chandler led the Tigers to an undefeated regular season and no. 1 ranking in Class A. He went on to play two years of college basketball at DePaul University in the Big East, where he was on the all-freshman team and was second-team all-Big East as a sophomore. Chandler was picked in the first round of the 2007 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. He currently plays for the Denver Nuggets and has a 13 ppg career scoring average.
51. LAVELL BLANCHARD, F, ANN ARBOR PIONEER (1996-1999): A two-time high school all-American, Blanchard was a first-team USA TODAY All-American his senior year and was also Mr. Basketball. He averaged 27 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and two steals per game as a senior as he helped lead Pioneer to the Class A state title. Blanchard was a four-year starter at the University of Michigan and became the fifth player ever to lead an NCAA Division I team in scoring and rebounding all four years. Blanchard was the 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was a four-time all-Big Ten performer. Since college, Blanchard has played professional basketball in nine different countries and has won numerous honors during his international career.
52. CORPERRYALE ‘MANNY’ HARRIS, G, DETROIT REDFORD (2003-2007): Harris had a standout high school career. The 2007 Mr. Basketball, Harris led Redford to three PSL championships during his career. His senior year, he led Redford to the Class A state title game, as he averaged 33.5 points and 12 rebounds per game. During his career, he had games of 52 and 50 points. At the University of Michigan, Harris earned all-Big Ten honors all three years and was one of five players at the time to finish in the top ten in a season in scoring, rebounds, and assists. Since college, he has played in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers and also has extensive international experience.
53. TERRY TYLER, F, DETROIT NORTHWESTERN (1971-1974): A true ‘skywalker,’ with a 45" vertical jump, Tyler was an all-state player in 1974. He went on to a memorable career at the University of Detroit, where he helped lead the Titans, under then-coach Dick Vitale, to the ‘Sweet 16’ in the 1977 NCAA tournament. Tyler averaged a double-double in points and rebounds for his college career. He then played 11 years in the NBA and was a member of the NBA all-Rookie Team in 1979. He never missed in a game in seven years of playing for the Detroit Pistons and set a record of 574 consecutive games played. For his career, he totaled over 8,800 points (10.2 avg.), 4,600 rebounds (5.4 avg.) , and 1,342 blocked shots.
54. KELVIN TORBERT, G/F, FLINT NORTHWESTERN (1997-2001): Few players in the state have had the four-year career that Torbert did at Northwestern. After earning honorable-mention all-state honors as a freshman when he averaged 16.3 points per game, Torbert was first-team all-state the next three years and capped off his high school career by winning the Mr. Basketball Award as a senior. He was named the Sporting News and Gatorade National Player of the Year as a senior when he averaged 26 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. Torbert averaged 19 points as a sophomore and 25 as a junior and finished with 1,978 career points, second-best in Flint history. He was a four-time all-city and all-Saginaw Valley selection who led his team to four district titles and three Flint city titles. Torbert went on to score 1,195 career points at Michigan State University and has had a lengthy international basketball career as a professional.
55. JOHN LONG, G, ROMULUS (1971-1974): An all-state pick at Romulus, Long also played at the University of Detroit, where he totaled 2,167 career points and helped the Titans to the 1977 Sweet 16. He also played 10 years in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons, where he scored over 9,000 points. Long played a total of 14 years in the NBA and finished with 12,131 career points. He last played in the NBA in 1997 at the age of 41 with the Toronto Raptors.
56. ED BURTON, F, MUSKEGON HEIGHTS (1955-1957): Burton was a two-time high school all-American. He helped lead the Tigers to back-to-back Class A state championships in 1956 and 1957. He ended his high school career with 1,143 points. He went to Michigan State University for one year before leaving early to play for the Harlem Globetrotters. Burton later played two years for the New York Knicks and a year for the Atlanta Hawks.
57. PAUL DAVIS, C, ROCHESTER, (1998-2002): The 2002 Mr. Basketball, Davis averaged 29.7 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 4.1 blocked shots his senior year. He was also a Parade and McDonald’s All-American and was named the No. 1 prep in the nation by Bob Gibbon’s All-Star Report. Davis finished his high school career with 1,394 points. A four-year player at Michigan State University, Davis finished his Spartan career ninth in scoring with 1,718 points and fifth in career rebounds with 910. He then played four years in the NBA and is currently playing internationally in Russia.
58. DREW NEITZEL, G, WYOMING PARK (2001-2004): Neitzel was an incredible outside shooter, who was also a crafty passer. He finished his high school career with 2,462 points (26.5 avg.), the sixth-best mark in Michigan high school history. He won the 2004 Mr. Basketball Award and finished second in Michigan high school history in career assists with 692. Neitzel continued that success in college at Michigan State University, where he finished fourth in career assists at MSU with 582. He also scored the 16th-highest point total in Spartan history with 1,534 points.
59. KEITH APPLING, G, DETROIT PERSHING (2007-2010): Appling was the 2010 Mr. Basketball and went on to a successful four-year career with Michigan State University. He cemented his place in Michigan high school lore as a junior when he scored a state finals record 49 points in Pershing’s 2009 Class A state title win over Kalamazoo Central. As a senior, he was a McDonald’s All-American and averaged 28 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals per game. Appling finished his Michigan State career with 1,509 points.
60. TOM LAGARDE, C, DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL (1971-1973): LaGarde was a dominant center who averaged 25 points per game his senior year. He went on to play college basketball at the University of North Carolina and was a member of the 1976 USA Olympic team that won a gold medal. LaGarde then went on to play six years in the NBA.
61. BOB ELLIOTT, C, ANN ARBOR PIONEER (1971-1973): One of the best to ever come out of Ann Arbor, Elliott led Pioneer to a 24-1 record his senior year, as he averaged 28 points per game. He went on to star at the University of Arizona, where he was a three-time academic and basketball all-American. Elliott finished with a school record 2,131 points at Arizona and averaged 18.6 ppg during his career. He later played three years in the NBA for the Nets.
62. DION HARRIS, G, DETROIT REDFORD (1999-2003): Harris helped to lead Redford to the PSL title as a sophomore and to the Class A state final as a junior. Three times during his high school career, Harris and Redford went up against LeBron James and his St. Vincent-St. Mary team. The 2003 Mr. Basketball, Harris went on to play at the University of Michigan, where he reached double-digits in scoring all four years and finished with 1,573 career points and 396 career assists.
63. MONTE ‘MAN-MAN’ MORRIS, G, BEECHER (2009-2013): One of the most productive high school point guards in state history, Morris was a three-time Class C Player of the Year, a three-time all-state player and the 2013 Mr. Basketball, who led Beecher in points, assists, and steals all four seasons. He also helped Beecher to four state semifinal appearances and state titles as a junior and as a senior. Morris averaged 23.8 points, 8.8 assists, and 5.1 steals as a senior. For his career, he totaled 2,006 points. Morris made a huge impact in college basketball this year at Iowa State University, as he averaged 6.8 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.3 steals. He also became the second freshman ever to set an NCAA basketball record, when he shattered the all-time assist-to-turnover ratio with 4.96-1, as he totaled 134 assists and 27 turnovers.
64. TONY SMITH, G, SAGINAW (1971-1974): Smith was a crowd-pleasing guard in the early 1970’s. A high-school all-American with a variety of moves and unlimited range, Smith averaged 23.3 ppg and nine assists as a senior. He also twice dunked over hall of fame center Moses Malone in a high school all-star game. Smith played college basketball at both UNLV and the University of Houston.
65. B.J. ARMSTRONG, G, BROTHER RICE (1982-1985): Armstrong finished fifth in the 1985 Mr. Basketball voting and was one of the premier point guards in the state in the mid-1980s. He went on to play at the University of Iowa, where he finished his career fourth all-time at Iowa in scoring with 1,705 points, fourth in assists with 517, and sixth in steals with 178. Armstrong went on to play 11 years in the NBA, where he was part of three NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls. A one-time NBA all-star, Armstrong finished his career with over 7,300 points (9.8 avg.) and 2,400 assists (3.3 avg.).
66. MICHAEL TALLEY, G, DETROIT COOLEY (1985-1989): Talley was the point guard for Cooley teams that won three straight Class A state titles from 1987 through 1989. As a senior, he averaged 21 points, four assists, and three steals per game and was named Mr. Basketball. In the state title game against Detroit Southwestern, he scored 27 points and dished out eight assists.
67. ROBERT ‘TRACTOR’ TRAYLOR, C, DETROIT MURRAY-WRIGHT (1977-1978): Traylor helped lead Murray-Wright to the Class A state title as a junior, and his senior year he won the Mr. Basketball Award. Traylor played three years at the University of Michigan, where he was the 1997 NIT MVP and was also the MVP of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament in 1998. Traylor averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds his junior year and was picked sixth overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1998 NBA draft. He went on to play seven seasons in the NBA before playing internationally.
68. ERIC MONEY, G, DETROIT KETTERING (1970-1972): Money was an all-state point guard in 1972. After high school, he went on to star at the University of Arizona, where he twice led the Wildcats in assists. Money was drafted by the Detroit Pistons and played six years in the NBA. He finished with over 5,200 career points (12.2 avg.) and over 1,600 assists (3.8 avg.).
69. MARK HARRIS, G, FLINT CENTRAL (1979-1982): Harris was a legendary offensive dynamo on the Flint Central teams of the early 1980s that won three straight Class A state titles. He poured in 44 points on 20 of 25 attempts from the floor in Central’s 108-90 win over Detroit Murray-Wright in the 1981 title game. Harris finished third in the voting for Mr. Basketball in 1982. He later played college basketball at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, where in two years of play, he averaged 21.2 ppg and finished sixth on the career scoring list.
70. CHRIS KAMAN, C, TRI-UNITY CHRISTIAN (1997-2000): Coming out of a small Class D school, Kaman finished fifth in the 2000 Mr. Basketball voting. He finished seventh in career blocked shots with 297 and recorded the third-highest single-season total of 159 his senior year. At Central Michigan University he helped the Chippewas win the MAC title in 2003 and win one game in the NCAA tournament that year. He finished his college career with 1,250 points (15.1) and 707 rebounds (8.5). Kaman was picked sixth overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2003 NBA draft and has played 11 seasons in the NBA. During his NBA career, he has totaled over 7,500 points (11.7 avg.), over 5,000 rebounds (7.9), and over 850 blocked shots (1.4).
71. ERNIE THOMPSON, F, SAGINAW (1960-1962): Thompson was a standout in the early 1960s. In 1961, Saginaw was undefeated until falling to Flint Central in the regionals. In 1962, Saginaw won the state title. Thompson scored 42 points and pulled down 27 rebounds in the title game against Benton Harbor. He went on to play in college at Bradley University.
72. MEL DANIELS, C, DETROIT PERSHING (1960-1962): Daniels was a late bloomer. An honorable-mention all-PSL selection, he went on to play college basketball at New Mexico, where he led the team in scoring for three years. He then went on to be an ABA standout for 10 years. Daniels was part of three ABA title teams and was a two-time ABA MVP. He was a seven-time ABA all-star who was the all-time leading rebounder in the league (9,494) and fourth in scoring (11,739). He was also enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
73. MAURICE TAYLOR, F, DETROIT HENRY FORD (1991-1994): Taylor finished third in the Mr. Basketball voting in 1994. After high school, he played at the University of Michigan, where he was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Taylor totaled 1,254 points (12.9) and 592 rebounds (6.1) for his career. He was picked 14th overall in the 1997 NBA draft and went on to play nine years in the NBA before playing in Europe. He totaled over 5,800 points (11.0) and 2,400 rebounds during his NBA career.
74. VOSHON LENARD, G, DETROIT SOUTHWESTERN (1989-1991): Lenard was a long-range shooting specialist who was part of back-to-back state title teams at Southwestern in 1990 and 1991. He went on to star at the University of Minnesota, where he totaled over 2,100 career points. Lenard then played 11 years in the NBA, where he scored over 6,700 points.
75. TERRANCE GREENE, G, FLINT CENTRAL (1982-1985): As a sophomore, Greene was part of Central’s 1983 Class A state title team. He went on to finish fourth in the Mr. Basketball voting his senior year. He then played at DePaul University, where he scored 1,334 (10.7 avg.) career points. Greene was a captain his senior year and played in four NCAA tournaments. He went on to play professionally overseas following his college career.
76. DARRYL JOHNSON, G, FLINT CENTRAL (1980-1983): Johnson was part of all three Flint Central Class A title teams from 1981-1983. In the 1983 game against Detroit Southwestern, he scored 25 points, and Central defeated Antoine Joubert and Southwestern 79-60. Johnson finished third in the Mr. Basketball voting that season. He went on to star at Michigan State University, where he totaled 1,383 points (12.9 avg.). His senior year, he earned all-Big Ten honors, as he averaged 22 points per game. Johnson played one year in the NBA and several years in the CBA and internationally.
77. WILLIE GREEN, G, DETROIT COOLEY (1996-1999): Although he was a second-team all-state pick as a senior, Green was overshadowed coming out of high school. He went on to play college at the University of Detroit, where he totaled 1,779 career points (14.3 avg.) and was an honorable-mention all-American his senior year. Green has played 11 seasons in the NBA and is currently a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. For his career, he has scored over 5,700 points and dished out over 950 assists.
78. KALIN LUCAS, G, ST. MARY’S PREPARATORY (2004-2007): An electrifying point guard, Lucas finished third in the Mr. Basketball voting as a senior. He went on to star at Michigan State University, where he helped lead the Spartans to the Final Four. He finished his career as the fifth-best scorer in Spartan history with 1,996 points. He led Michigan State in scoring three years and also finished sixth all-time in assists with 558.
79. ANTHONY ‘YANKEE’ PENDLETON, G, FLINT NORTHWESTERN (1983-1986): Pendleton was a member of Class A state title teams at Northwestern as a sophomore and as a junior. His senior year, he finished runner-up in the Mr. Basketball voting to Terry Mills. A high-scoring, big guard, Pendleton was a high school all-American who went on to play at USC. Pendleton played two years at USC and averaged 15 points per game in 1989.
80. MATT COSTELLO, C, BAY CITY WESTERN (2009-2012): Costello had a legendary career at Bay City Western. The 2012 Mr. Basketball winner, Costello was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Michigan both his junior and senior seasons. A Parade All-American as a senior, he averaged 25.1 points, 19.1 rebounds, four assists, and four blocked shots. As a junior, he helped lead Western to the Class A state semifinals, as he averaged 19.8 points, 13 rebounds, and 3.8 blocked shots. Costello finished his career with 1,518 points and 1,069 rebounds along with 280 blocked shots. He just finished his sophomore season at Michigan State University, where he averaged four points and three rebounds per game.
81. GRANT LONG, F, ROMULUS (1981-1984): Long was a rugged defender and rebounder from his power forward position. An honorable-mention all-state player as a senior, he went on to star at Eastern Michigan University, where he totaled 1,469 points and 863 rebounds and was MAC Player of the Year as a senior. He then played 15 years in the NBA, where he totaled over 9,500 points (9.5 avg.) and over 6,000 rebounds (6.1 avg.).
82. LOY VAUGHT, F, EAST KENTWOOD (1984-1986): Vaught was a dominating power forward who went on to play at the University of Michigan. A member of the 1989 National Championship team, Vaught averaged a double-double in points and rebounds as a senior and finished his Michigan career with 1,451 points and 917 rebounds. He was drafted 13th overall in the 1990 NBA draft. He played 11 years in the NBA and totaled over 6,900 points (10.1 avg.) and over 3,300 rebounds (7.1 avg.).
83. BARRY STEVENS, G, FLINT NORTHWESTERN (1978-1981): An all-state player in 1981, Stevens was a high-scoring guard who could take it to the rim or shoot the outside shot. He went on to star at Iowa State University, where he was a two-time all-Big 8 player. Stevens finished his career with a then-record 2,189 points and is still ranked no. 2 in Iowa State scoring history behind Jeff Grayer. Stevens played one year in the NBA and several seasons in the CBA.
84. TIM MCCORMICK, C, CLARKSTON (1978-1980): McCormick was a Parade All-American in high school, where he averaged 24 points and 17 rebounds per game his senior year. McCormick went on to play for the University of Michigan and was picked 12th overall in the 1984 NBA draft. He played eight seasons in the NBA for six different teams and finished his career with over 4,000 points and 2,300 rebounds.
85. PAUL GRIFFIN, F, SHELBY (1969-1972): Griffin and his Shelby teammates dominated Class C basketball during the early 1970s. Griffin helped Shelby win state titles in 1971 and 1972. He is second in career rebounds in Michigan with 1,323. His senior year, he pulled down a record 671 rebounds. He also had the fourth-highest single-game rebound total with 41. Griffin went on to star at Western Michigan University and played for seven years in the NBA.
86. MIKE PEPLOWSKI, C, DE LA SALLE COLLEGIATE (1985-1988): Peplowski finished second in the Mr. Basketball voting in 1988 and led his Pilots to a memorable run to the Class A state semifinals. At Michigan State University, Peplowski led the Spartans in rebounding three seasons and finished sixth on the career rebounding chart with 906. Hei also totaled 1,185 career points. After college, Peplowski played three years in the NBA.
87. DARQUAVIS “DAR” TUCKER, G, SAGINAW ARTHUR HILL (2003-2007): Tucker was one of the most explosive athletes ever in Michigan history. A deadly outside shooter with highlight-reel dunking skills, Tucker was the Class A Player of the Year as a senior and Mr. Basketball runner-up. He averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds as a senior and helped lead Arthur Hill to the Class A state title as a junior, when he averaged 28 points and 15 rebounds per game. Tucker played two years at DePaul University. He was all Big-East Conference as a freshman when he averaged 14 points and 5 rebounds per game. He then scored 18.5 ppg as a junior. Since then, Tucker has played internationally and in the D League where he is a two-time D-League slam-dunk champion.
88. TORY JACKSON, G, BUENA VISTA (2002-2006): Jackson was a four-time all-state and all-city player. He was a two-time Class C Player of the Year and helped to lead Buena Vista to a pair of state titles. His senior year, he averarged 30.5 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, and seven steals per game. For his career, he totaled 2,518 points, third-most in Michigan prep history. Jackson went on to play four years at Notre Dame, where he played in all 136 games. He led the Big East in assists three times and finished his career second in assists at Notre Dame with 694 and second in steals with 211. He totaled 1,231 career points and is one of only two Notre Dame players to score over 1,000 points and total over 600 assists.
89. DEMETRIUS GORE, G, DETROIT DENBY (1981-1984): Gore was one of the most prolific scorers in Detroit PSL history. The winner of the 1984 Mr. Basketball Award, Gore averaged 32 ppg as a junior and 34 ppg as a senior. He went on to play for Pittsburgh of the Big East, where he was a three-year starter and finished with 1,555 career points.
90. JESSE CAMPBELL, C, STOCKBRIDGE (1969-1972): Campbell was a Class C dynamo who put up some amazing numbers during his high school career. A high school all-American his senior year, Campbell is the state’s all-time rebound leader with 1,624 and had the second, fifth, and sixth-highest single season rebound totals of all time. Campbell also had high-rebound games of 41 and 35 and an all-time record of 25 blocked shots in a single game. Campbell played at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania and was drafted by the Golden State Warriors.
91. DANE FIFE, G, CLARKSTON (1995-1998): Fife was the Mr. Basketball Award winner in 1998. He also was selected a McDonald’s and Parade All-American his senior year. Fife went on to play at Indiana, where he scored 736 career points. Fife was a defensive specialist who totaled an Indiana-record 180 career steals and was the 2002 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He went into coaching after college and became the youngest coach in NCAA basketball at the age of 25 and is currently an assistant at Michigan State University.
92. MARTY EMBRY, F, FLINT CENTRAL (1980-1982): Embry provided the muscle on the legendary Flint Central teams of the early 1980s and played on two state title teams. He posted the 10th highest single-season rebound total of all-time, with 399 during his senior season and finished his career with 706 career rebounds. Embry went on to play four years at DePaul University, where he was part of three NCAA tournament teams. After college, he played professionally in Europe and Asia for 13 seasons.
93. MARK BROWN, G, HASTINGS (1982-1985): Brown put up legendary numbers in western and southwestern Michigan during the mid 1980s. A blistering shooter, Brown set the single-season scoring record with 969 points (37.3 avg.) during the 1985 season. He also scored 917 points as a sophomore. For his career, he ended up with 2,789 points, the second-highest figure in state history. Brown went on to play college basketball at both Michigan StateUniversity and Western Michigan University.
94. DENZEL VALENTINE, G, LANSING SEXTON (2009-2012): Valentine was the Class B Player of the Year in 2012 and was runner-up for Mr. Basketball. He helped lead Sexton to the 2010 Class B state title game as a sophomore and to back-to-back state titles in 2011 and 2012. His junior year, he averaged 12.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists, and 5.4 steals, while his senior year he averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. Valentine just completed his sophomore season at Michigan State University, where he averaged eight points, six rebounds, 3.8 assists, and one steal this season.
95. WILLIE MITCHELL, F, DETROIT PERSHING (1991-1994): Mitchell was a dominating forward who averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds his senior year, as he won the Mr. Basketball Award. Mitchell helped Pershing to state titles as a sophomore and as a junior and to a runner-up finish as a senior. During his four-year career at Pershing, the Doughboys went 92-11. Mitchell was a three-time all-state player who was a McDonald’s All-American his senior year. He played in college at the University of Michigan and Alabama-Birmingham. Mitchell had a lengthy international career in professional basketball after college.
96. JAY SMITH, F, MIO (1976-1979): Smith is the all-time scoring leader for the state of Michigan, as he totaled 2,841 points (29.0 avg.) during his career. He scored 952 points his senior year, the third-highest total in state history, and scored 912 points as a junior. Smith played three years of college basketball at Saginaw Valley StateUniversity. Smith has been a college assistant and head coach for over 20 years.
97. BRAD REDFORD, G, FRANKENMUTH (2004-2008): One of the finest outside shooters of the three-point era, Redford compiled the second-highest point total in a season when he scored 953 points (36.7 avg.) in 2007-08. Redford, who won the Mr. Basketball Award in 2008, finished his career with 2,146 points and was one of the most prolific three-point shooters of all-time. He went on to play college basketball at Xavier.
98. MAURICE JONES, G, SAGINAW ARTHUR HILL (2007-2010): Standing just 5-foot-7-inches, Jones got the most out of his height. A Mr. Basketball finalist in 2010, he was also the Class A Player of the Year, as he scored 30 points per game and also contributed 12 assists, five rebounds, and four steals. He scored a school-record 49 points against 2009 Class A state champion Detroit Pershing. As a junior, Jones averaged 27 points and 13 assists. He finished his career with over 1,800 points, 705 assists, over 300 rebounds, and over 200 steals. He went on to play two years at USC, where he set numerous freshman records and averaged 13 points per game as a sophomore before transferring.
99. WINFRED WALTON, C, DETROIT PERSHING (1993-1996): Walton was one of the premier centers in the state during the mid 1990s. He led Pershing to state titles his junior and senior seasons. Walton won the Mr. Basketball Award as a senior when he averaged 28 points, 16 rebounds, and six blocked shots per game. After high school, Walton attended Syracuse and played one year at Fresno State before leaving for professional basketball.
100. MATT STEIGENGA, F, GRAND RAPIDS SOUTH CHRISTIAN (1984-1988): Steigenga was a legend in the mid 1980s in West Michigan. The Mr. Basketball winner in 1988, Steigenga was a McDonald’s All-American and won the slam dunk contest at the McDonald’s All-American Game. He eventually chose Michigan State University over the University of North Carolina and went on to be a three-year starter for the Spartans and finished his career with 1,296 points. Steigenga was drafted by the Chicago Bulls, where he played for part of one season.
101. Others under consideration: Maurice Ager, Detroit Crockett (2002); Vic Alexander, Detroit Denby (1987); Tim Andree, Brother Rice (1979); Dave Besonen, Ewen-Trout Creek (1982); Emmanuel Bibb, Detroit Denby (1990); Waymon Britt, Flint Northern (1971); Renardo Brown, Highland Park (1982); Willie Burton, Saint Martin de Porres (1986); Mike Chappell, Southfield (1996); Archie Clark, Ecorse (1961); Fred Corbus, St. Louis (1952); Brandon Cotton, Saint Martin de Porres (2003); Joe Crawford, Detroit Renaissance (2004); Brett Darby, River Rouge (1999); Lou Dawkins, Saginaw, (1989); Terry Deurod, Highland Park (1975); Craig Dill, Saginaw Arthur Hill (1963); Howard Eisley, Detroit Southwestern (1990); Bruce Flowers, Berkley (1975); Patrick Ford, Detroit Cass Tech (1982); John Garavaglia, Aquinas (1993); Derek Hall, Detroit Mackenzie (1988); Darvin Ham, Saginaw (1991); Alan Hardy, Detroit Northwestern (1975); Chris Hass, Pellston (2012); Robert Henderson, Lansing Eastern (1982); Tom Herzog, Powers Catholic (2004); LaDontae Hinton, Lansing Eastern (2008); Stuart House, Detroit Denby (1976); Anderson Hunt, Detroit Southwestern (1987); Webster Kirksey, Saginaw (1951); David Kool, Grand Rapids South Christian (2006); Mark Kraatz, Inte-City Baptist (1985); George Kubiak, Carrollton (1970); Lee Lafayette, Grand Rapids South (1964); Cyrus Mann, Detroit Southeastern (1974); Tom “Cookie” Marsh, Detroit Northern (1969); Ray McCallum, Detroit Country Day (2010); James McElroy, Detroit Murray-Wright (1971); Melvin “Sugar” McGlaughlin, Grand Rapids Creston (1979); Anthony “Pig” Miller, Benton Harbor, (1990); Leighton Moulton, River Rouge (1972); Kenyon Murray, Battle Creek Central (1992); Drew Naymick, North Muskegon (2003); Derrick Nix, Detroit Pershing (2009); Josh Ode, Freeland (1996); Lorenzo Orr, Detroit Pershing (1990); Ben Poquette, East Lansing, (1972); Andre Rison, Flint Northwestern (1985); Chris Douglas-Roberts, Detroit Cass Tech (2005); Walker D. Russell, Pontiac Central (1979); Larry Savage, Saginaw (1942); Sander Scott, Northport (1989); Steve Sheffler, Forest Hills Northern (1986); Michael “Pops’ Sims, Union (1984); Doug Smith, Detroit Mackenzie, (1987); Kevin Smith, Brother Rice (1979); Barry Spencer, Detroit Catholic Central (1980); Matt Stuck, Manton (1991); Frank Tanana, Detroit Catholic Central (1971); Gary Thompkins, Jackson (1984); Brad VanPelt, Owosso (1969); Mark Veenstra, Hudsonville Unity Christian (1973); Derrick Walton, Detroit Chandler Park (2013); Jeff Warren, Litchfield (1989); Edgar Wilson, Dowagiac (1973); Trey Zieglar, Mt. Pleasant (2010)