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50-in-50: Top 50 boys basketball players in Oakland County over the past 50 years - Nos. 41-50

  • No. 42 Craig Love (Birmingham Groves Class of 1967)
  • No. 44 Ernie Hill (Pontiac Central Class of 1976)
  • No. 45 Jarrett Stephens (Ferndale Class of 1995)
  • No. 46 Yante Maten (Bloomfield Hills Lahser-Bloomfield Hills Class of 2014)
  • No. 49 Randy McLean (Walled Lake Central Class of 1973)
  • No. 50 Herb Bostic (Royal Oak Shrine Class of 1979)

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This list was compiled with the help and consultation of area coaches, local journalists and sports historians and takes into account a player’s high school career and what they did after they graduated and left Oakland County in college and at the professional level. This is the first of five installments of the series. Check back Monday for Nos. 31-40.

No. 41 Tim Marshall (Pontiac Central Class of 1974) — An undersized power forward, Marshall played much bigger than his 6-foot-4 frame and was a two-time Class A first-team all-state pick. A three-year starter in the middle for Central, during his sophomore season the Chiefs advanced to the state championship game, as a junior they were in the final four and as a senior they lost to eventual state champion Birmingham Brother Rice in the quarterfinals. Heavily recruited out of high school, Marshall headed west and played at the University of Arizona.

No. 42 Craig Love (Birmingham Groves Class of 1967) — Arguably the top player on Groves’1967 squad, the No. 2 ranked team in the state (undefeated until it lost in the regional finals), Love stood 6-foot-9 and was a tough check in the paint and out - the '67 Groves club also had all-state pick Mike Rafferty and current Troy head coach Gary Fralick in the starting lineup. Love's college career was superb, becoming a first-team all-league pick at Ohio University (18 points, 12 rebounds a game as a senior) twice, eventually elected to the school’s athletic hall of fame. After he graduated from Ohio in 1971, he was drafted into the NBA by the Buffalo Braves.

No. 43 Larry Cole (Pontiac Central Class of 1972) — Part of Pontiac’s famed Cole family, Larry was a deadeye sniper from downtown and an integral component of Central’s overwhelming success on the hardwood in the early 1970s, when Larry played on both the Chiefs’ 1970 and 1972 clubs that appeared in the Class A state championship game. In college, Cole starred at the University of Toledo, becoming a team captain and a first-team All-MAC selection as both a junior and a senior. Inducted into Toledo’s athletic hall of fame in 2009, he still currently holds the program record for most field goals in a game with 16.

No. 44 Ernie Hill (Pontiac Central Class of 1976) — A tall, cerebral point guard, Hill was a dynamo in the backcourt for Central’s glory era of the 1970s, where the Chiefs competed in four state championship games. A first-team all-state selection as a senior, Hill continued his career in college at Oklahoma City University, where he was a star in the latter part of the decade. He was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the 1980 NBA Draft and returned to coach his high school alma mater in the 1990s.

No. 45 Jarrett Stephens (Ferndale Class of 1995) — Following in the footsteps of his big brother and fellow Ferndale great Dwayne of late 1980s fame, Jarrett was a burly and agile force in the frontcourt for the Eagles of the early-to-mid 1990s (he averaged 18 points and 17 rebounds a game as a senior in 1995). Going on to play in college at Penn State, he left the Nittany Lions as the program’s first-ever first-team All-Big Ten selection and the conference’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (63.9) for a single season and led the conference in scoring and rebounding as a senior in 2000 (18 pts, 10 rebounds). He played professionally overseas.

No. 46 Yante Maten (Bloomfield Hills Lahser-Bloomfield Hills Class of 2014) — The most dominant player the city of Bloomfield Hills has ever seen, Maten, a 6-foot-8 post prowler, was the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Michigan as a senior in 2014, averaging 24 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks per game on a team that advanced into the Class A state championship game. Selected first-team all-state, he had a monster tourney run, upping his averages to 28 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks per night. When he was a sophomore and junior, Maten led Lahser — prior to the school merger — to consecutive league and district crowns. He’s currently playing in the SEC at Georgia.

No. 47 Bill Phillips (Southfield-Lathrup Class of 1977) — A big, versatile wing that stood close to 6-foot-8 and played on the outside when most others his size played on the inside in that era, Phillips averaged 30 points per game as both a junior and senior at Lathrup. He went on to earn junior college player of the year honors prior to landing at the Division I-level at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma.

No. 48 Tony Holifield (Oak Park Class of 1984) — Active and efficient in the paint, Holifield led Oak Park to repeat appearances in the Class B state finals (’83, ’84) and the 1984 state championship before going on to have a standout career at Illinois State University. While at ISU, Holified played on a league-championship and NCAA-Tournament club in 1985 and was a three-year starter, concluding his days in a Redbirds uniform as the program’s all-time career-leader in field goal percentage (62 percent).

No. 49 Randy McLean (Walled Lake Central Class of 1973) — High-scoring big fella that was the first Walled Lake prep hoops superstar, McLean dominated play in the post in western Oakland County in the early 1970s, leading Central to back-to-back league titles. As a junior, he averaged 28 points and 14 rebounds and then as a senior he upped it to 31 points and 23 rebounds a night, including a 50-point, 35-board outing. He played collegiately at the University of Michigan

No. 50 Herb Bostic (Royal Oak Shrine Class of 1979) — A gritty forward, Bostic led Shrine to its best season in school history in 1978, winning Catholic League, district, regional and Operation Friendship titles. He was a first-team all-state pick in Class B and went on to play at Michigan State and Wayne State, where he was an all-league selection

Next up: Nos. 31-40 on Monday

Last Updated: 3/23/2015 1:19:07 AM EST

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