Glory Days Illinois: Legends of Illinois High School Basketball

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Sports Publishing LLC, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 181 pages
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Along the way, somebody invented the jump shot and the crossover dribble and added a three-point line. Times changed, the game was integrated, players grew taller and more wildly athletic. That evolution is chronicled in Glory Days, as 50 of the state's best high school basketball players from the past five decades sit down to chat with longtime prep basketball scribe Taylor Bell. Every last one of the featured players was an all-state selection. Some led their teams to state titles; others were chosen as Illinois' Mr. Basketball; many were named McDonald's All-Americans.Glory Days pulls its roster from all regions of the state: from southern Illinois (Edwardsville, Centralia, Mount Vernon) to the state's waist (Galesburg, Peoria, Decatur) to north of I-80 (Rockford, Evanston, and many Chicago schools).Each player on the roster relives his time on the high school hardwood, but also reveals what happened after he walked down the aisle in his cap and gown. Bell catches up with greats like Mannie Jackson, Dave Downey, Jay Shidler, Jack Sikma, Rashard Griffith, Cazzie Russell, Kiwane Garris, Cuonzo Martin, and Billy Ridley, and discovers what happened to these legends later in life, after their hops deserted them. Their Chuck Taylors may be a distant memory, but for each of these former stars, basketball has continued to hold a special place in their heart.
 

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Max Hooper
1
Billy Ridley
4
Paul and Phil Judson
8
Ted Caiazza
11
Charlie Brown
14
Tom Hawkins
17
Bobby Joe Mason
21
Mannie Jackson
24
Sam Puckett
99
Lloyd Batts
103
Quinn Buckner
107
Rickey Green
111
Jack Sikma
115
Glen Grunwald
118
Levi Cobb
121
Jay Shidler
124

Nolden Gentry
28
John Tidwell
31
Chico Vaughn
34
Dave Downey
37
George Wilson
40
Bogie Redmon
43
Skip Thoren
47
Cazzie Russell
51
Don Freeman
54
Steve Kuberski
57
Dave Golden
60
Al Smith
63
Dave Scholz
67
Dale Kelley
70
Rich Yunkus
73
Greg Starrick
76
Dave Robisch
92
Jim Brewer
96
Jeff Baker
127
Russell Cross
130
Walter Downing
134
Bruce Douglas
138
Marty Simmons
141
Brian Sloan
145
Everette Stephens
149
Marcus Liberty
152
Eric Anderson
155
Deryl Cunningham
158
Deon Thomas
162
Townsend Orr
165
Cuonzo Martin
168
Tom Kleinschmidt
171
Kiwane Garris
175
Rashard Griffith
178
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Taylor Bell is a freshman at Central Delaware University. She's a third-generation Beta Zeta, her favorite band is The Smiths, and she's a tough cookie. After having her life turned completely upside down by the girls of BZ, she had no choice but to tell her story.

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