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50-in-50: Top 50 boys basketball players in Oakland County over the past 50 years - THE COMPLETE LIST WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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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. Scroll through the gallery above for photos of many of the Oakland County greats.

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No. 1 Chris Webber (Birmingham Detroit Country Day Class of 1991) — Utterly dominant and the best player in the nation as a prepster in 1991, Webber was the definition of a phenom and started all four years at Country Day, leading the Yellowjackets to three state titles in a row (the first of the program’s nine) in 1989, 1990 and 1991. Over his last three years in high school, he averaged 25 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks and four slam dunks per game, overpowering opponents with sheer athleticism and strength, whether on the blocks or on the fast break. He was MVP and hit the game-winning shot in the 1991 McDonald’s All-American Game. In college, he was the centerpiece of the vaunted, trend-setting “Fab Five” at Michigan, a group of five high-profile recruits that joined forces to guide the Wolverines to repeat appearances in the NCAA National Championship Game in 1992 and 1993, respectively. As a sophomore in 1993, Webber was the National Player of the Year and became the first pick in the NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic (later traded to the Golden State Warriors). During his pro career, he played 15 years for five teams (Golden State, Sacramento, Detroit, Philadelphia and Washington). He was Rookie of the Year in 1994 and a five-time All-Star selection, compiling a career average 20 points and just about 10 rebounds per night and a legacy as one of the most dangerous power forwards in the NBA in the 1990s and early 2000s. Retiring in 2008, he’s currently a television broadcast analyst.

No. 2 Campy Russell (Pontiac Central Class of 1971) — The most celebrated of the accomplished Russell brothers, the first family of hoops in the city of Pontiac, Campy was an All-American in high school at Central and college at the University of Michigan. While at Central he was a two-time first-team all-state pick and someone people tapped as the most lethal offensive high school player in the country. Russell’s 1970 Central team is considered by many the best team in Oakland County history – the Chiefs were upset in the state finals by Detroit Pershing 86-81 and Russell averaged 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game (he broke his brother’s single-game record with 48 points as a senior in 1971). A three-year starter at Michigan, he averaged 24 points per game and was Big Ten Player of the Year in 1974 on a Wolverines squad that made it to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament. Forgoing his senior season, he turned pro and was the 8th pick overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he played most of his pro career and was named an NBA All-Star in 1979. He averaged 22 points a game in his All-Star season and 16 points per game for his 11-year career.

No. 3 Shane Battier (Birmingham Detroit Country Day Class of 1997) — Patrolled the paint in high school, leading Country Day to three straight Class B state championships, receiving Mr. Basketball and McDonald’s All-American honors as a senior in 1997. At the college level, was one of the all-time greats at Duke, captaining the Blue Devils to a National Championship and collecting National Player of the Year and Final Four MVP honors in 2001 while playing mostly on the outside and gaining the reputation as possibly the best defender in the country, too. Played over a dozen years in the NBA, after being chosen in the NBA Draft Lottery (6th overall) by the Memphis Grizzlies, filling a major complimentary role as a 3-point shooting and defensive specialist on a pair of World Championship Miami Heat clubs (2012-2013). Retiring in 2014, he’s currently a television broadcast analyst.

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No. 4 Tim McCormick (Clarkston Class of 1980) — Maybe the top pure center in the annals of Oakland County prep hoops, the seven-foot McCormick averaged 25 points, seven rebounds and almost seven blocks per game as a senior at Clarkston in 1980 when he led the Wolves to a perfect regular season and an appearance in the Class A final four with a 26-1 record in a McDonald’s All-American campaign. Most experts agree if the Mr. Basketball award would have been around at the time (it began in 1981), he would have walked away with the hardware. Choosing to continue his college career at the University of Michigan, where he started in the middle for a number of years, he was selected 12th overall in the 1st Round of the 1984 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics. McCormick played in the league for 10 seasons with six different teams (the Supersonics, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, the New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets), averaging career totals of 8 points and 6 rebounds per game. Today, he is a color analyst on television and radio broadcasts, motivational speaker and co-founder of the Michigan Elite 25 basketball program for the development of the state’s premier high school cage prospects.

No. 5 B.J. Armstrong (Birmingham Brother Rice Class of 1985) — Baby-faced assassin in the backcourt at the point, Armstrong was a first-team all-state selection two years in a row and led Brother Rice into the Class A final four as a junior in 1984. In college, he was a star in the Big Ten with the Iowa Hawkeyes, earning All-Big Ten honors, helping lead the school on trips into the NCAA Elite 8 (1987) and Sweet 16 (1988) and leaving the program as its all-time assists leader. Selected in the 1st Round of the NBA Draft (18th overall) in 1989 by the Chicago Bulls, he played over a decade in the NBA , winning three World Championship rings with Michael Jordan and the Bulls (1991-93) and being named an All-Star in 1994. Besides the Bulls, he also played with the Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Hornets and the Orlando Magic. Spent the first part of his retirement days in the Bulls front office and is currently an agent for such NBA standouts such as Derrick Rose and Draymond Green.

No. 6 James Young (Rochester-Troy Class of 2013) — Probably the most dynamic prep hoop talent Oakland County has witnessed since the start of the New Millennium, Young began his high school career at Troy, blasting onto the scene with a 25-point, 10-rebound outing versus area-heavyweight Clarkston in the first week of his freshman campaign. Would go on to score a career-high 49 points while grabbing 21 rebounds in a game against Clarkston as a junior in 2012. At Troy, the athletic, southpaw swingman took the Colts to back-to-back league titles. Transferring to Rochester for his senior year, he led the Falcons to their best season in program history, a journey that ended in the 2013 Class A quarterfinals. Selected as a McDonald’s All-American and considered a Top 10 recruit in the country (he averaged 27 points, 17 rebounds and six assists per game and was third in the Mr. Basketball vote), Young headed to Kentucky for his college hoops (he penned his NLOI on ESPN) and started on a Wildcats 2014 club that appeared in the NCAA Championship Game (Kentucky lost to Connecticut, but Young led the ‘Cats in scoring with 20 points). Leaving for the pros last spring, he was picked 17th overall in the 1st Round of the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.

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No. 7 Bruce Flowers (Berkley Class of 1975) — The catalyst to Berkley’s ascent as a state power in the 1970s, the 6-foot-8 Flowers was a dominant presence in the post for the Bears prior to going on to play in college for some very good Notre Dame squads (Final Four in 1978) and in the NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers) and overseas. He’s considered an all-time great in the Europe, winning three different Euroleague titles with three different organizations in Italy. A first-team all-state pick as both a junior and senior, as well as a Parade Magazine All-American, people flocked to watch him play. He didn’t disappoint either, putting up prodigious points and rebounding stats (averaged 26 and 20), taking Berkley to three straight league and district titles and only losing four games in his entire varsity career as a Bear. As a senior in 1975, Flowers took an undefeated Berkley team (24-0) into a quarterfinal matchup against Highland Park, a game the Bears lost in front of the last capacity high school tournament crowd at Calihan Hall.

No. 8 Dane Fife (Clarkston Class of 1998) — Tough-as-nails 6-foot-4 guard that could score and defend with the best Oakland County has ever seen, Fife was a four-time all-state pick and named Mr. Basketball in 1998 – started carving his cage legacy as a fab frosh in 1995, scoring 25 points with a separated shoulder against state-powerhouse Pershing in the Class A quarterfinals. Led Clarkston to multiple league, district and regional titles and was a McDonald’s All-American before going on to be a four-year starter in the Big Ten at Indiana University. As a member of the Hoosiers, Fife captained Indiana to a spot in the NCAA Championship Game as a senior in 2002, the same season he was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year. He left IU the program’s all-time leader in steals. After his playing career was over, Fife embarked on a career on the sidelines, becoming the youngest Division I men’s college head coach in 2005 when he accepted the job at IPFW at just 25 years old. Since 2011, he’s been an assistant coach at Michigan State University. Fife was also an all-state quarterback on the football field, like his dad and brother before him, and was the only person to be selected to the Oakland Press’ 50-in-50 series on both the gridiron and the hardwood.

No. 9 Walker D. Russell (Pontiac Central Class of 1978) — Led Pontiac Central to the Class A state finals in 1978, earning first-team all-state honors and following in the tradition of his two older brothers, Frank and Campy. In college, Walker D., a 6-foot-5 soft-stroking off guard, played at the University of Houston and Western Michigan, out of where he was picked in the 4th Round of the 1982 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. While at WMU, he was a two-time first-team All-MAC selection. Throughout the 1980s, Russell played in the NBA for the Pistons (member of the 1988 NBA Finals squad), Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers

No. 10 Ray McCallum, Jr. (Birmingham Detroit Country Day Class of 2010) — Transplanted into Oakland County from Indiana for his last two years of high school, McCallum was electrifying as an all-state point guard at Detroit Country Day, leading the Yellowjackets to a Class B state championship as a senior in 2010. A McDonald’s All-American, he scored 32 points in the state finals against Lansing Sexton, 25 coming in a breathtaking first- half effort. Shunned a cavalcade of major Division I college programs, McCallum chose to go play for his father and namesake at the University of Detroit-Mercy, where he would go on to lead the Titans to a league championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and become Horizon League Player of the Year and scoring champion (19 points per game) in 2013. He’s currently in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings.

No. 11 Ira Newble (Southfield Class of 1993) — Grinder of a power forward, Newble was a first-team All-Oakland County pick as a senior in 1993, averaging 20 points and 14 rebounds per game. Played in college at Miami (OH), where he was on two NCAA Tournament teams and went on to have a journeymen career in the NBA during the 2000s suiting up for the San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics and the L.A. Lakers. He’s currently an assistant coach in the NBA’s D-League.

No. 12 Frank Russell (Pontiac Central Class of 1968) — The first of three sweet-shooting Russell brothers to reach the NBA, Frank tore up Pontiac scoring records in the mid-to-late 1960s, torching the twine for a then-Central record 40 points as a senior in 1968. He averaged 26 points per game as both a junior and senior at Central, named first-team all-state in each. Starred as a collegiate at the University of Detroit-Mercy, leading the Titans in scoring for three straight season and played in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls (3rd Rd. pick in 1972).

No. 13 Paul Davis (Rochester Class of 2002) — One of the best big guys Oakland County has ever had in its midst, Davis is the area’s most recent Mr. Basketball, corralling the trophy as a senior at Rochester in 2002, where he averaged 30 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks a game and was chosen as a McDonald’s All-American. In college at Michigan State, Davis was an All-Big Ten pick in the post, led the NCAA Tournament in rebounding on the Spartans run to the Final Four in 2005. Chosen by the L.A. Clippers in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft, he played four years in the league with the Clippers and the Washington Wizards and is currently playing overseas.

No. 14 John Shasky (Birmingham Brother Rice Class of 1982) — A standout center at Brother Rice and in the Big Ten with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the 6-foot-11 Shasky was chosen by the Utah Jazz in the third round of the 1986 NBA Draft and played three years in the league with the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors, as well as overseas. While in a Brother Rice uniform him and Paul Jokisch (all-state football and basketball, played both at Michigan) comprised arguably the best frontcourt in Oakland County for both the 1981 and 1982 campaigns. In 1982, they led Brother Rice into the Class A state semifinals. He averaged 16 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior in college at Minnesota and pocketed an All-Big Ten nod. His sister is Jennifer Shasky, one of only two Oakland County Miss Basketballs (1988) and a star in college at George Washington.

No. 15 Terry Thomas (Hazel Park Class of 1971) — Checking in at a chiseled 6-foot-8, Thomas was a physical power forward with a nice touch within 15 feet of the basket. He prepped at Hazel Park on the hardwood with future MLB All-Star and Cy Young-winner Bob Welch and played in college for Dick Vitale at the University of Detroit-Mercy, helping anchor the early-stages of the Vitale era with the Titans, where catching a game at Calihan Hall was a hot ticket around town. In 1975, he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons and was a reserve for the team in the mid-1970s.

No. 16 Kalin Lucas (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Class of 2007) — Jitterbug of a point guard and an excellent floor leader, Lucas was a first-team all-state selection at St. Mary’s, taking the Eaglets to a Catholic League title and into the Class A final four as a junior in 2006. He averaged 21 points, six assists and five rebounds per game over his last two seasons as a prepster. When he got to college at Michigan State, he turned into one of the top backcourt performers the program ever saw, earning first-team All-Big Ten selections as a sophomore and junior, conference Player of the Year honors (2009) and helping spearhead the Spartans to back-to-back Final Fours and a National Championship Game appearance (2009). He left the Michigan State program its all-time leaders in free throws made and attempted and has played overseas and in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies.

No. 17 Lester Abram (Pontiac Northern Class of 2002) — The straw that stirred the drink for the back-to-back Class A state champion Northern Huskies (2001-2002), Abram was a diverse talent and could hurt opponents at multiple positions on the court and etched his name at the forefront of the prestigious Pontiac hoop legacy with what him and his Northern cage crew accomplished. For his career with the Huskies, the limber 6-foot-6 lefty averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game (he finished third in the 2002 Mr. Basketball vote). Played in college at the University of Michigan in the early-to-mid 2000s where he became the first three-time team captain in program history and eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau.

No. 18 Tom Staton (Ferndale Class of 1975) — One of the county’s greats in the talent-rich 1970s, Staton was a “do-it-all” forward and a force to be reckoned with on the wing and in the paint, averaging 24 points, 16 rebounds and six assists per game as a senior in 1975. Playing in college at the University of Michigan, he came off the bench on the Wolverines 1976 Final Four club and 1977 Elite 8 squad before starting as a junior and senior and captaining the team in 1979, gaining a reputation for clutch play and the nickname “Tournament Tom,”. After leaving Ann Arbor, Staton had a brief pro career in the CBA and has had a successful business and coaching career – returning to Ferndale in the late 2000s and resurrecting the Eagles basketball program.

No. 19 Dugan Fife (Clarkston Class of 1992) — Like his father, Dugan was a three-sport first-team all-state pick in basketball, football and baseball. A four-year starter at Clarkston playing for his dad, he led Oakland County in scoring (28 ppg) as both a junior and senior and as a senior in 1992 took the Wolves to an undefeated regular season. Finished second in the Mr. Basketball vote and again followed in his old man’s footsteps and played hoops at Michigan, where he captained the 1996 squad, was a three-year starter in the backcourt and was a reserve on the 1993 team that advanced into the NCAA Championship Game.

No. 20 Dan Fife (Clarkston Class of 1967) — The original Clarkston schoolboy sensation, Fife was a gunner in high school, averaging over 30 points per game as both a junior and senior (first-team all-state) and setting the school record with 50 points in a single game. A three-sport superstar at Clarkston, he also quarterbacked the Wolves football team and pitched for the Wolves baseball team, before heading off to the University of Michigan to continue his career on the hardwood and the diamond. While at Michigan, Fife was a team captain and standout point guard, setting Wolverines record for single-season field goals percentage and assists as a senior in 1971. Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks, he opted to play pro baseball and pitched in both the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers organizations. Currently, Fife is the winningest active prep boys basketball in Oakland County, steering the ship at his alma mater since 1982, recording more than 600 wins.

No. 21 Dwayne Stephens (Ferndale Class of 1989) — Earning a formidable reputation as a passionate and relentless forward at Ferndale and then at Michigan State, Stephens made his mark in both programs. At Ferndale, he started all four years, finishing third in the Mr. Basketball competition as a senior when he averaged 23 points and 13 rebounds per game. During his freshman campaign in East Lansing, Stephens scored the game-winning basket in a regular-season finale versus Purdue to clinch the Big Ten title. In his last year at MSU (1993), he was named the Spartans’ captain. As a junior, he was selected as the Spartans MVP and averaged 16 points and eight rebounds per game in the NCAA Tournament. Following a pro career in Europe, he’s made a name for himself as a coach on-the-rise in the college ranks. Currently on Tom Izzo’s staff at MSU, he’s also had stints on the bench at Oakland University and Marquette.

No. 22 Marcus Kennedy (Troy-Troy Zion Christian Class of 1986) — The prototypical beast on the blocks, Kennedy started his local prep career at tiny Troy Zion Christian and finished at Troy. While in high school, he was still raw and really blossomed in college, first at Ferris State, where he was an All-GLIAC pick and then at Eastern Michigan, where he averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior in 1991, was named MAC Player of the Year, won a league title and led the program on a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. Drafted by the Portland Trailblazers, he never played in the NBA, but was a standout in the CBA (Rookie of the Year, multi-year all-star) and overseas.

No. 23 Paul Grant (Birmingham Brother Rice Class of 1992) — A seven-footer with a steady skill set in the paint, Grant was 11th in the Mr. Basketball vote as a senior, averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds per game. Played in the Big East and the Big Ten in college, first suiting up for Boston College and then Wisconsin. In his final year of college hoops, he led Wisconsin in scoring (13 points per game) and was an All-Big Ten pick. Grant was selected in the first-round of the 1997 NBA Draft (20th overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played four seasons of NBA ball and briefly overseas in Serbia prior to becoming an assistant college coach at Division III MIT.

No. 24 Roy (Devyn) Marble, Jr. (Southfield-Lathrup Class of 2011) — Known as a sharpshooting wing in the local prep ranks at Lathrup, where he averaged over 20 points per game for three straight seasons and took the Chargers to league and district championships, Marble followed in the same path as his dad (Roy, Sr.) and starred in the Big Ten at Iowa before getting drafted into the NBA. While at Iowa, Marble was a four-year starter and moved to the point, taking advantage of his 6-foot-7 frame. A first-team All-Big Ten honoree as a senior, he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets last spring and is currently playing with the Orlando Magic.

No. 25 Rashad Phillips (Ferndale Class of 1996) — Maybe the most offensively gifted pintsized cage prodigy the area has ever had, the barely 5-foot-10 Phillips scored buckets by the boatload and ran his team with the best around as a point guard. He was a four-year starter on some very strong Eagles clubs of the 1990s, averaging 25 points, eight assists and four steals per game as a senior in 1996. Flourishing at the college level under Perry Watson at the University of Detroit, Phillips was a two-time Mid-Con Conference Player of the Year and wrapped up his time as a Titan as the program’s all-time leading scorer (a mark of 2,319 that still stands today). He shined on a national stage, spurring the Titans to upset wins in the NCAA Tournament during his freshman and sophomore seasons, respectively – in 1998, UD-Mercy beat St. John’s, in 1999, the Titans topped UCLA. Kobe Bryant has called him the best player he’s ever played against (they faced each other in the 1996 Magic Johnson high school all-star game at The Palace of Auburn Hill) that never made the NBA. Played overseas and in the NBA’s D League. Today, Phillips is one of the top personal basketball trainers in Metro Detroit.

No. 26 Mike Chappell (Southfield-Lathrup Class of 1996) — A smooth, athletic and rangy rifleman on the court, Chappell was a four-year starter at Lathrup, captaining the Chargers in their memorable 1996 campaign, which concluded in the Class A finals with a loss to Saginaw. Attending Duke, he started a majority of his games as a freshman and sophomore, making a name for himself as one of the ACC’s most lethal 3-point shooters. Transferring to Michigan State, he was the sixth-man on the Spartans’ 2000 National Championship team. Graduating from MSU in 2001, Chappell played professionally overseas for a decade.

No. 27 Kevin Smith (Birmingham Brother Rice Class of 1978) — The consummate playmaker in the backcourt, Smith was a three-time all-state selection (twice first team) and hit probably the most infamous single shot in Oakland County prep basketball history when he drained a half-courter at the buzzer to force overtime in the 1977 Class A state championship game. More than holding his own against future Hall of Famer and Lansing Everett floor general Magic Johnson in the state finals, a game the Warriors lost 62-56, he started his college career at the University of Detroit-Mercy and finished at Michigan State, garnering first-team All-Big Ten Honors in 1982, leading the Spartans in scoring with 16 points per night.

No. 28 Greg Grays (Southfield-Lathrup Class of 1997) — Prodigious scorer in his days heading the charge for the Chargers, Grays, a four-year starter in the backcourt, helped guide Lathrup to the 1996 Class A state finals and then torched the nets for a still-Oakland County record 60 points in a single game when he was a senior in 1997. He played in college at Penn State and the University of Detroit-Mercy and has played professionally overseas.

No. 29 Tim Andree (Birmingham Brother Rice Class of 1979) — Fundamentally-sound big guy that monitored the post for Brother Rice in the late 1970s and the University of Notre Dame in the early 1980s. Andree was a two-time first-team all-state pick, a McDonald’s All-American and All-American Athletic-Scholar Award-winner. As a sophomore at Brother Rice, Andree started in the middle for a Warriors squad that lost in the 1977 Class A state finals to Magic Johnson and Lansing Everett in an overtime classic. Coming out of Notre Dame in 1983, Andree was chosen in the fifth round of the NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He played for a year with the Bulls before heading overseas to continue his career. Following his retirement in the early 1990s, he’s ascended in the business world and is currently president and CEO of Dentsu America, a Japanese-owned media communications company.

No. 30 Keith Benson (Birmingham Detroit Country Day Class of 2006) — A late bloomer, the 6-foot-11 Benson was a role player at Birmingham Detroit Country Day, discovered and developed by Oakland University head coach Greg Kampe into a Golden Grizzly all-time great. Named Summit League MVP two years in a row as a junior and senior, he set the program record for career blocks and led OU to back-to-back league titles and bids to the NCAA Tournament. Benson was taken in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft and played briefly with the Golden State Warriors before embarking on a pro career overseas. He’s currently playing in Estonia.

No. 31 Rick Bloodworth (Ferndale Class of 1966) — A tenacious and gutty presence in the backcourt, Bloodworth captained Ferndale to the 1966 Class A state championship. He was a freshman on the Eagles 1963 state-title squad and played in college at the University of Michigan. After his playing career was over, he experienced much success coaching women’s basketball, most notably at St. Joseph’s High School and Lake Michigan College. Today, Bloodworth is a volunteer assistant under his daughter, Tracey Dorrow at Ferris State.

No. 32 Maurice Searight (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Class of 2000) — One of the most impressive two-sport stars this area has ever seen, Searight led St. Mary’s to state championships in both basketball and football. On the basketball court, he was a fantastic floor general, equally dangerous shooting it from deep, driving it to the rack or dishing it to a teammate for an easy bucket. He had 25 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals in the Eaglets’ 62-59 upending of Flint Beecher in the 2000 Class B state final to complete an undefeated season. Played briefly in college due to off-the-court issues, at the University of Michigan and Grambling, where for half a season in 2002 he was the nation’s assist leader.

No. 33 Mike McCaskill (Southfield Class of 1983) — This 6-foot-4 silky swingman was the captain of Southfield’s back-to-back Class A final four squads in 1982 and 1983, averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game. Crafty on the perimeter, McCaskill also loved getting into the lane and mixing it up on the glass. He went on to have a very good career at Eastern Michigan.

No. 34 Theron Wilson (Royal Oak Dondero Class of 1991) — Explosive power forward that probably takes the cake as the No. 1 prep hoopster in the annals of Royal Oak high school basketball, Wilson was a first-team all-state pick and led Dondero to an undefeated regular season and league title as a senior in 1991, averaging 24 points and 12 rebounds per game and finishing ninth in Mr. Basketball voting. Only played two years of his high school career in Oakland County after transferring to Dondero from Detroit King, Wilson went on to have a great college career at Eastern Michigan, being an integral component to the Eagles 1996 MAC championship and upset of Duke in the NCAA Tournament.

No. 35 Sam Brady (Pontiac Catholic-Pontiac Notre Dame Prep Class of 1970) — The quintessential small-school hoops wonder in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Brady scored by the boatload and crashed the glass with ferocity, leading Pontiac Catholic on a trip into the Class C final four as a senior in 1970. He posted a gaudy double-double of 28 points and 18 rebounds in the quarterfinals that year. Excelling at the college in the Big Ten, he averaged a double-double in multiple seasons wearing the Maize and Blue.

No. 36 Bill Glover (Pontiac Central Class of 1971) — Most Pontiac hoops historians peg Glover, a hot-shooting guard, the second best player to suit up for the Central Chiefs behind Campy Russell. They were a vicious dynamic duo on the 1970 team, a club some people claim is the best in Oakland County history, despite losing in the Class A state championship game. Glover nailed a buzzer-beating full-court heave at Crisler Arena in the quarterfinals. He went on to play and start at Michigan State in college.

No. 37 Will Franklin (Brother Rice Class of 1976) — A rugged and relentless center that was in the middle as a sophomore on Brother Rice’s 1974 Class A state title team, Franklin was a three-time first-team all-state selection and averaged 20 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks per game in that span. He played in college at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina.

No. 38 Edgar Burch (Pontiac Central Class of 1973) — A savvy 6-foot-3 guard that helped lead Central into the 1972 state finals and 1973 final four, Burch was a first-team all-state pick and played in college at Duke, scoring in double figures in four of his first six games in a Blue Devils’ uniform and Michigan. Today he is the Assistant Director of Government Relations for the NCAA. Burch spent some of his first two years as a prepster at Ann Arbor Pioneer.

No. 39 Tony Styles (Pontiac Central Class of 1972) — Slick point guard on the Pontiac Central state finalist squads of 1970 and 1972, Styles was a lightning-fast playmaker that once hit for 45 points (a then-school record) in a game as a senior. Playing in college where he was an all-league pick at the University of San Francisco, he was chosen by the Golden State Warriors in the 1976 NBA Draft.

No. 40 Hiram Harris (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Class of 1982) — A high octane guard that took St. Mary’s to the 1982 Class C state championship, Harris teamed with Chris Howze to form one of the best 1-2 punches in school history. A first-team all-state pick, Harris went on to play in college at Louisiana Tech with future Hall of Famer Karl Malone and was on the program’s 1985 club that appeared in the NCAA Sweet 16.

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. 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.

Last Updated: 3/28/2015 12:21:17 PM EST


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