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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby Old Baller » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:14 am

Absolutely true. I guess those were the "good old days"?
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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby Old Baller » Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:52 pm

Old Baller wrote:I'm new to this blog and played Class B basketball back in the mid 60's. I'll throw out some names from that era, some of which have been mentioned already. These aren't necessarily the best ever but were outstanding players at the time, at least as I recall them.

Class A:

Phil Jackson- Williston, UND, & the NBA. His story is well known.

Paul Presthus - Rugby, U. of Minn. I'm not sure if he played pro ball.

Glenn Hansen - GF Central, LSU (I think), & the NBA for a few years

Scott Monson - GF Red River. I can't recall where he played college ball of if he played pro but he and Hansen had some great battles. I think Central and Red River played for the title in '69 or '70 when they were seniors. Great game.

Bob Green - Mandan, Dickinson State. Dominant player on a very good Mandan High team that won two consecutive the state titles in mid 60's.

Scott Howe - Mandan, NDSU. Teamed up with Green for a solid 1, 2 scoring punch.

Class B:

Jerry Pyle - Central Cass, U. of Minn. Electrifying player who at 6'7"could run the floor, lead the break, and score at will for an exceptional Central Cass team. Dominated the '68 state tournament and scored 38 points in the final. Gets my vote for class B player of the decade. I believe that Central Cass team lost only once that year, a squeaker to a Class A school from either Grand Forks or Fargo which finished second at the Class A state tournament. His brother Bob wasn't too shabby either.

Vance Bowersox - Wolford, Minot State. Not a big guy but a great scorer. Tiny Wolford came into the '68 state tournament final undefeated but had the misfortune of facing Central Cass that night. Bowersox matched Jerry Pyle with 38 points in that game as I recall. A member of my All Name team, too!

Butch Linch - Mott, UND, NFL. One of the best 3-sport athletes ever in ND high school and UND history. Led Mott to several state basketball titles in the early 60's. Played in the NFL for several teams.

Don Blevins - Fort Yates, Dickinson State. Two sport star (BB & cross country/track). One of the best ball handlers I ever saw. Would "put on a show" Marcus Haynes style by dribbling out the clock and keeping defenders at bay. Fun to watch. Died way too young in a car accident I believe,

John Backhaus - Linton, Jamestown College. Ok..I did play against John a little in HS and came to know him fairly well in college. Led Linton to state several years in the mid 60's and still holds one of the highest single-game scoring totals in state tournament history with 43 (?) points.

I know that Kenmare had some fine players back then too but I can't recall any names. Kenmare was the top high school basketball program in the '60's, playing in 5 consecutive title games, winning 3 times. What a quality run!


New info (I did some more research):

Jerry Pyle - Scored 102 points in the '68 State Tournament. Still ranks in the top 5.

John Backhaus - Scored 46 points in a consolation game in the '66 State Tournament. Also ranks in the top 5 for single game scoring.
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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby winner-within » Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:31 pm

sort of a broad topic.... Although I am for certain the best HIGH SCHOOL basketball player from ND Class A or Class B never went any farther than just that.......WHY? because he or she never had an opportunity....
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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby jtschet » Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:53 pm

Ron Schlieman Makoti, '64, scored 55 playing for NDSU vs. Elvin Hayes at Houston. He would have had over 60 if there had been a three point rule. He may be the best ever to play from N.D.
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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby Old Baller » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:08 am

Earlier I mentioned Don Blevins (Fort Yates, Dickinson State) as an outstanding player/athlete from the 60's. Here is some more information regarding him from the Dickinson State website. (I forgot about the Athlete of the Year award.)

Don Blevins Memorial Award

Background Information:
This scholarship was established by the Dickinson State College Basketball teammates of Don Blevins. Don was killed in a fatal automobile accident in California in 1972 while serving his country in the United States Marines.
Don grew up on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and attended high school in Fort Yates, North Dakota. He was named 1964 North Dakota High School Athlete of the Year in his senior year and was considered one of the most versatile athletes of his era. In addition to competing and excelling in football, basketball and track in college and high school, he was also an outstanding rodeo contestant.
After graduation from college in 1969, Don coached at Salem, North Dakota, prior to entering the Marines.
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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby Old Baller » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:16 pm

And here are more details regarding Don Blevins which I found in an article in a SOUTH DAKOTA newspaper:

A member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Don was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track and in 1964 was named the North Dakota High School Male Athlete of the Year when he led the Warriors to the North Dakota State B basketball championship. In high school, Blevins was a member of two cross country state championship teams, they were runner-up the other year; helped two teams to the state track championship and two runner up finishes; helped his basketball team to the state championship in 1964 and third place in 1963 and to an undefeated season in football in 1963 and an overall record on the gridiron of 36 wins and four losses. Individually, Blevins averaged nearly four touchdowns a game when he was a senior, averaged 28.4 points a game in basketball and never lost an 880 yard run in track for three years. He won the state championship in the 880 in ‘62-‘64, the 440 in ’63 and ‘64, his mile relay team won the state title in ‘61-‘64 and the half mile relay in ‘62, and he set an 880 record that stood for 17 years.

Attending Dickinson State Teachers College, Don continued to excel as he lettered in football for three years, two years in basketball and was a three year letterman in track. After graduating from college, Don taught and coached at Solen High School on the Standing Rock Reservation, coaching Solen to their highest finish ever in basketball, losing in the Regionals to the eventual state champion. On the side, Blevins took up bronc riding and eventually enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. While stationed in San Diego, he was killed in an auto accident in 1972.
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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby point/center » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:51 pm

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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby Run4Fun2009 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:29 pm

point/center wrote:Doug McDermott


Yes...born in ND, but he played is HS ball in Iowa.
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Re: best player ever to play from north dakota

Postby theoldman » Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:54 am

Just want to throw this one out there. Cliff "Fido" Purpur.
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