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All-Time Best: Matthews, Olson lead the way for Madison

06/08/2020, 3:45pm CDT
By Mark Miller

(Editor's Note: WisSports.net basketball writer Mark Miller is using the extra time available due to COVID-19 to research the high school basketball history of some of Wisconsin's larger cities. His All-Time Best series will run on WisSports.net during the next few months).

Since the start of the Associated Press All-State teams in 1957, a total of 26 players who graduated from Madison high schools have earned first-team all-state honors. 

A few -- Wesley Matthews, Reece Gaines and Vander Blue -- have gone on to play at the highest level of basketball in the National Basketball Association.

Others such as Rick Olson, Joe Franklin, Roy Boone, Keaton Nankivil, Jeronne Maymon, Gary Anderson and Bob Falk may not have made it to the NBA, but all enjoyed outstanding collegiate careers competing at the highest level of NCAA basketball. 

Rich in tradition and consistently churning out top-notch players, Madison ranks alongside Milwaukee and Racine as the best cities in Wisconsin for producing stellar high school basketball talent.

Following is a breakdown of the many, many very good players from Madison: 

Criteria For All-Time Madison Teams
1) In order to be chosen to the first, second, third or fourth all-time team, a player must have earned first, second, third or fourth team all-state honors from either the Associated Press or United Press International. Exceptions will be made, but will be rare.

2) In addition to the accomplishments a player achieved in high school, their college honors in the sport also weigh heavily when selecting the teams.  

All-Time Madison Team

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL All-State Team
FIRST TEAM
Wesley Matthews 6'5" 2005 Memorial 1st (AP)
Rick Olson 6'1" 1982 La Follette 1st (AP)
Vander Blue 6'4" 2010 Memorial 1st (AP)
Reece Gaines 6'6" 1999 West 1st (AP)
Jeronne Maymon 6'6" 2009 Memorial 1st (AP)

Wesley Matthews, 6-5, G, 2005, Memorial
First Team All-State 2005 AP

Mr. Basketball. Associated Press Player of the Year. Gatorade Player of the Year. The accolades came fast and furious for Matthews following his simply outstanding senior season at Madison Memorial. Matthews scored 585 points (22.5 ppg) and helped the Spartans of coach Steve Collins to a 24-2 record and the school's first state championship. In the WIAA Division 1 title game against Milwaukee Vincent, Matthews scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Spartans' 63-55 triumph. He finished his prep career with 1,322 points and went on to excel for four seasons at Marquette, where he scored 1,673 points and ranks among the school's all-time top 10 scorers. Matthews is currently in the midst of his 11th season in the NBA and hopes to play a big role for the Milwaukee Bucks in their quest for a championship once the season starts up again later this summer. 

Rick Olson, 6-1, G, 1982, La Follette
First Team All-State 1982 AP

Few things in basketball are as fun to watch as a long-distance shooter on a roll. Rick Olson was on a big-time roll his entire senior season in 1981-82 when he scored an incredible 694 points and averaged 27.0 ppg for a La Follette squad that went 20-5 under coach Pete Olson and won the WIAA Class A state championship. Olson set the state ablaze with his incredible shooting from the perimeter, and the pure shooter finished with a combined 82 points in state-tournament victories over Milwaukee North, Lake Geneva Badger and Stevens Point. In the title game against Stevens Point, Olson scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth period as La Follette registered a 62-61 victory. Olson finished his brilliant prep career with 1,123 points and went on to play four seasons at the University of Wisconsin. A Hall of Fame member with the Badgers, Olson scored 1,736 points during his highly prolific collegiate career in Madison. 

Vander Blue, 6-4, G, 2010, Memorial
First Team All-State 2010 AP

The image of Blue on his toes, waiting to jump into a passing lane and then turning a steal into a thunderous dunk in the Memorial gym is one fans of the Spartans' program won't soon forget. The ultra-athletic Blue set a school record with 185 steals during his prep career. He also scored 1,269 career points and helped coach Steve Collins' club to a WIAA state championship in 2009 and runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2010.  Blue went on to play college basketball at Marquette, helping coach Buzz Williams' teams to three straight Sweet 16 appearances. Blue has appeared in 10 games in the NBA and continues to compete, both overseas and in the G-League. 

Reece Gaines, 6-6, G, 1999, West
First Team All-State 1999 AP

Versatility was the name of the game for Gaines, who could play multiple positions on offense and guard different positions on defense. Gaines scored 1,347 points in just three seasons of varsity competition and twice was named Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference for coach Boyce Hodge and the Regents. Gaines averaged 22.5 ppg as a senior and helped the Regents to a 20-5 record and a spot in the WIAA State Tournament. Gaines went on to excel for four years at Louisville, helping the Cardinals to a 25-7 record and earning third-team All-America honors as a senior in 2002-03. Gaines played 71 games in the NBA over three seasons and currently serves as an assistant coach with the Austin Spurs of the G League.

Jeronne Maymon, 6-6, F, Class of 2009, Memorial
First Team All-State 2009 (AP)

A two-time state Player of the Year by the Associated Press, Maymon was a big-time winner during his four years of varsity basketball at Memorial. His teams won four straight Big Eight Conference titles and went a combined 62-2 in league outings. Two of his teams (2006 & 2008) finished as WIAA State Tournament runners-up while his final team (2009) beat Racine Horlick in the state-title game to wrap up a 26-1 season and earn the school's first state title in boys' basketball. Maymon had 25 points and 12 rebounds in the triumph over Horlick and finished his prep career with a whopping 1,669 points, more than any other public-school player in city history. Maymon committed to Marquette and played just nine games for the Golden Eagles before transferring to Tennessee. As a junior at Tennessee, Maymon averaged a collegiate career-best 12.7 ppg in 2011-12. 

All-Time Madison Team

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL All-State Team
SECOND TEAM
Gary Anderson 6'4" 1970 La Follette 1st (AP)
Bob Falk 6'2" 1972 West 1st (AP)
Pat Richter 6'5" 1959 East 1st (AP)
Dennis Sweeney 6'1" 1963 Edgewood 1st (AP)
Joe Franklin 6'2" 1962 Central 1st (UPI)

Gary Anderson, 6-4, G, 1970, La Follette
First Team All-State 1970 AP

On a magical night in the Madison East gym in February of 1970, Anderson put on one of the most memorable individual performances in city prep basketball history. The scoring whiz pumped in a record 52 points to help the Lancers avenge and earlier loss to Purgolders. In 21 games as a senior in 1969-70, Anderson scored an almost unbelievable 587 points, averaging 27.9 ppg for coach Pete Olson's squad. In just two years of varsity competition, Anderson scored 990 career points. He then spent his college days scoring points for the University of Wisconsin. He completed a very good three years with the Badger program scoring 672 points and averaged 13.5 ppg as a senior in 1973-74 for coach John Powless. 

Bob Falk, 6-2, G, 1972, West
First Team All-State 1972 AP

An athletic, vertical and skilled player who performed well for three seasons for coach Jim Stevens at Madison West, Falk scored a then-city record 1,441 career points. In a WIAA State Tournament game as a senior, Falk unfortunately sustained a serious knee injury. West lost to Milwaukee Hamilton in the semifinals after Falk left the game late in the second period. He underwent knee surgery the next day. After originally attending Kansas on a football scholarship, Falk wound up playing three years of college basketball at Wisconsin. He scored 554 points for the Badgers and averaged 11.9 ppg as a senior in 1976-77.

Pat Richter, 6-5, F, 1959, East
First Team All-State 1959 AP

Nobody on any of the four All-Time Madison teams proved to be as good an all-around athlete as Richter, who won nine letters during his collegiate career at Wisconsin -- three each in football, basketball and baseball. Richter played several seasons with the Washington Redskins of the National Football League following his collegiate career. And prior to his collegiate career, Richter tore up Big Eight Conference opponents in all three sports. On the basketball court, Richter was a key performer as a junior on a an East squad that went 22-3 under coach Verlyn Belisle and won the WIAA state title with a victory over Milwaukee North. Richter scored 32 points for East in a sectional-final victory over Janesville that season. As a senior and as the lone returning starter, Richter scored 476 points in 23 games for an average of 20.7 ppg. In his final game, a sectional-consolation contest, Richter scored a career-high 50 points in a win over Cuba City. After his playing days, Richter went on to become a very successful athletic director at the University of Wisconsin. 

Dennis Sweeney, 6-1, G, 1963, Edgewood
Second Team All-State 1963 AP

Sweeney played on arguably the best teams in Madison Edgewood history. As a junior, Sweeney was an all-Madison City performer on a team that went 25-0 and beat Eau Claire Regis for the state Catholic-school championship. A year later, Sweeney again excelled for coach Dave Brown and the Crusaders, who extended their winning streak to 46 games before falling at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 58-57 late in the 1962-63 season. Sweeney scored 497 points as a senior, including a career-high 36 points in a victory over Reedsburg, and averaged 24.9 ppg while earning all-City laurels and helping the Crusaders to a 23-2 record. Sweeney went on to play college basketball at the University of Wisconsin where he scored 399 points in three seasons and served as team captain in 1966-67.

Joe Franklin, 6-2, F, 1964, Central
First Team All-State 1964 UPI

An absolute rebounding machine for coach Bob Harris at Madison Central, Franklin scored 395 points as a senior and averaged 21.9 ppg for the Cardinals. A first-team all-City performer as a senior and second-team selection as a junior, Franklin went on to star at the University of Wisconsin. He earnd unanimous first-team all-Big Ten honors as a senior in 1967-68 when he averaged 22.7 ppg. In three years with the Badgers, Franklin established then-school records for points scored (1,215) and rebounds (858). He was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Hall of Fame for his stellar performances in a Badger uniform.

All-Time Madison Team

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL All-State Team
THIRD TEAM
Craig Anderson 6'7" 1980 La Follette 1st (AP)
Keaton Nankivil 6'7" 2007 Memorial 1st (AP)
Roy Boone 6'2" 1997 East 1st (AP)
Donald Hayes 6'5" 1994 East 1st (AP)
Michael Flowers 6'2" 2004 La Follette 1st (AP)

Craig Anderson, 6-7, F, 1980, La Follette
First Team All-State 1980 AP

Nearly unstoppable around the basket in high school, Anderson earned first-team all-City honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. He scored 1,268 career points for coach Pete Olson at La Follette and grabbed 903 career rebounds. Twice during his high school days, Anderson grabbed 27 rebounds in a single game. He scored a career-best 44 points as a junior against Janesville Craig and is the younger brother of former La Follette all-state performers Gary and Dean Anderson. Craig Anderson went on to play four years for coach Lute Olson as Iowa, scoring 253 points during his collegiate career.  

Keaton Nankivil, 6-8, F, 2007, Memorial
First Team All-State 2007 AP

A powerful jumper and rugged interior player with a soft touch, Nankivil was the winner of both the Mr. Basketball and Associated Press Player of the Year awards in 2007. He helped Memorial to four consecutive trips to the WIAA State Tournament during his prep career playing for coach Steve Collins and the Spartans. As a sophomore, Nankivil was a key performer on a team that went 24-2 and beat Milwaukee Vincent in the 2005 state-title game. During his four years at Memorial, Nankivil's teams went 94-8 and played in three state-title contests. He finished his prep career with 975 points and 581 rebounds. Nankivil went on to play at the University of Wisconsin where he scored 743 points while playing major minutes from 2007-2011. He later played professionally for several seasons in Germany.

Roy Boone, 6-2, G/F, 1997, East
First Team All-State 1997 AP

A two-time Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference, Boone excelled for coach Rich Cleveland after transferring from Detroit prior to the start of his junior year. In two seasons with the Purgolders, the versatile and relentless Boone scored 1,007 points. He averaged 26.5 ppg as a senior while helping East to a 14-7 record. After spending two years at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, Boone played two seasons at the University of Wisconsin. He helped the Badgers to the 2000 Final Four and then averaged 12.8 ppg as a senior in 2000-01. In two seasons with the Badgers, Boone scored 593 points. 

Donald Hayes, 6-5, F, 1994, East
First Team All-State 1994 AP

Although Hayes was known more for his accomplishments on the football field, he was a dominant player for East on the basketball court as well, earning first-team all-state honors as a senior and second-team laurels as a junior. Hayes averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 rebounds as a senior in 1993-94, helping coach Rich Cleveland's squad to a 19-3 record. He was named Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference as the Purgolders finished second in the league standings to Janesville Craig. Hayes went on to star for the University of Wisconsin football team as a receiver and spent several years in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers. 

Michael Flowers, 6-2, G, 2004, La Follette
First Team All-State 2003 AP

Ankle surgery in October of his senior season cost Flowers some games in 2003-04, but he still managed to return in the lineup just after Christmas and helped his squad to a sectional-final appearance. Flowers completed his prep career with 1,063 points and averaged 16.3 points and 4.2 rebounds as a junior when he earned first-team all-state honors. Flowers was a sophomore in 2002 when the Lancers won the WIAA Division 1 state title under coach Eric Nelson. Flowers went on to play at the University of Wisconsin and scored 829 career points in 133 games for coach Bo Ryan and the Badgers. 

All-Time Madison Team

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL All-State Team
FOURTH TEAM
Alex Compton 5'11" 1992 West 1st (AP)
Tim Stracka 6'3" 1978 West 1st (AP)
Michael Nelson 6'4" 2004 Memorial 1st (AP)
Fred Schernecker 6'7" 1985 Edgewood 1st (UPI)
Mark Paulson 6'5" 1989 La Follette 2nd (AP)

Alex Compton, 5-11, G, 1992, West
First Team All-State 1992 AP

A passing whiz who was difficult to guard due to his shiftiness and change of speeds with the ball in his hands, Compton poured in 26 points as a senior in the 1992 WIAA Division 1 state-championship game victory over Milwaukee King. Compton averaged 20.2 points and 9.5 assists as a senior for coach Roger Wiebe and the Regents, who finished with a 25-2 record. Compton later played one year of college basketball at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and two years at Cornell University of the Ivy League. He currently is serving as head coach of the Alaska Aces, a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Tim Stracka, 6-3, F, 1978, West
First Team All-State 1978 AP

Stracka was named the state's Player of the Year in football after helping West capture the WIAA Division 1 state championship with a late touchdown in a 19-14 victory over Stevens Point. He carried that success over to the basketball court as a senior, scoring 592 points for the Regents, who went 14-10 under coach Jim Stevens. In a WIAA Class A state quarterfinal contest in 1978, Stracka finished with 37 points and 16 rebounds in the Regents' loss to Beloit Memorial. Stracka went on to play college football at Wisconsin and later with the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. 

Michael Nelson, 6-4, G, 2004, Memorial
First Team All-State 2004 AP

The player who opened the door to the tremendous success of the Memorial program over the past two decades, Nelson is the first player in school history to earn first-team all-state laurels. He averaged 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds as a senior in 2003-04 when the Spartans went 25-0 before falling to Milwaukee King in the WIAA Division 1 state-title contest. He finished his prep career with 730 points and 243 rebounds in 49 games and went on to have a productive collegiate career at North Dakota State.

Fred Schernecker, 6-7, F, 1985, Edgewood
First Team All-State 1985 UPI

A physical post player who steadily improved under coach Joel Maturi during his three years of varsity basketball at Edgewood, Schernecker helped the Crusaders to runner-up finishes in the WISAA Class A State Tournament in both 1984 and 1985. As a senior in 1984-85, Schernecker scored 453 points and averaged 18.1 ppg as the Crusaders went 22-3 after falling to Racine St. Catherine's 57-47 in the state-title game. Schernecker scored 684 career points and had a career-high 36 points in a victory over Oregon as a senior. He went on to play four years of college basketball at Harvard, scoring 819 points and averaging 9.5 ppg and 4.9 rpg as a senior in 1989-90.

Mark Poulson, 6-5, F, 1989, La Follette
Second Team All-State 1989 AP

A four-year varsity performer at La Follette, Poulson ended his prep career in 1989 with a then-city record 1,542 points. As a senior, Poulson averaged 24.0 ppg and scored 544 points for the Lancers of coach Pete Olson. A three-time all-City performer, Paulson scored more points than any other player in Big Eight Conference history when he graduated in 1989, netting a whopping 992 points in four years of varsity competition. The previous mark of 900 points, set by Kenosha's Jeff Cohen from 1955-57, had stood for 39 years. Paulson went on to play college basketball at NCAA Division II Minnesota-Duluth.

Madison's Additional All-Staters

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL All-State Team
Isaiah Stewart 6'0" 2020 La Follette 2nd (AP)
Keonte Jones 6'3" 2020 East 3rd (AP)
Anthony Washington 6'4" 2020 East 4th (AP)
Keshawn Justice 6'6" 2018 East 4th (AP)
Alex Arians 6'4" 2017 Edgewood 4th (AP)
Chris Knight 6'7" 2017 Memorial 2nd (AP)
Deang Deang 6'4" 2016 East 2nd (AP)
Shareef Smith 5'10" 2015 Memorial 4th (AP)
Darrlyn Willis 6'7" 2014 Memorial 4th (AP)
Junior Lomomba 6'4" 2012 Memorial 2nd (AP)
Nimrod Hilliard 6'0" 2011 East 1st (AP)
Marquis Mason 6'4" 2010 East 1st (AP)
David DuBois 6'6" 2005 La Follette 3rd (AP)
Joshua Jackson 6'2" 2005 West 2nd (AP)
Jonte Flowers 6'5" 2003 La Follette 1st (AP)
Quincy Henderson 6'2" 2002 La Follette 1st (AP)
Graham Diemer 6'2" 1995 La Follette 2nd (AP)
Tony Giombetti 6'5" 1991 La Follette 2nd (AP)
Damon Harrell 6'8" 1989 West 3rd (AP)
Darin Brown 6'4" 1988 West 3rd (AP)
Chris Ring 6'1" 1987 West 3rd (AP)
Scott Johnson 6'4" 1986 La Follette 3rd (AP)
Rick Redman 6'1" 1986 Memorial 4th (AP)
Steve Amundson 6'4" 1983 La Follette 2nd (AP)
Derrian Jones 6'5" 1983 West 2nd (AP)
Bob Zenz 6'2" 1983 East 4th (AP)
Mike Todd 6'7" 1982 West 4th (AP)
Steve Bartow 6'3" 1981 West 1st (AP)
Mike Hanrahan 6'2" 1977 Edgewood 2nd (AP)
Paul Kollberg 6'5" 1976 West 4th (AP)
Joe Sweeney 5'11" 1976 Edgewood 3rd (AP)
Dean Anderson 6'2" 1974 La Follette 2nd (UPI)
Brian Leigh 6'0" 1973 West 4th (AP)
Don Geier 6'2" 1972 Edgewood 4th (AP)
Rod Uphoff 5'10" 1968 Edgewood 3rd (AP)
Glen Richgels 6'7" 1967 West 4th (AP)
Paul Kobussen 5'8" 1964 Edgewood 1st (UPI -- Catholic)
Bob Lombardo 5'10" 1963 Edgewood 3rd (AP)
John Schweers 6'3" 1963 West 2nd (AP)
Bill Maselter 6'4" 1962 East 1st (UPI)
Mike Sweeney 6'1" 1961 Edgewood 3rd (AP)
Bill Giswold 6'6" 1959 Edgewood 1st (UPI -- Catholic)
Bob Powers 6'2" 1958 East 1st (AP)

Notes (2000s): Isaiah Stewart (6-0) earned Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2019-20 while helping La Follette to a 23-1 record and the league title under coach Curtrel Robinson. A cerebral player who played both ends of the court with eqaul energy, Stewart averaged 15.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game for the Lancers ... Keonte Jones (6-3) was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference in 2020 after helping East to a 20-4 record under coach Matt Miota. Jones averaged 14.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a senior. He is headed to Mineral Area Junior College in the fall ... Anthony Washington (6-3) teamed with Jones to help East win the 2019 Big Eight Conference title. A year later, Washington averaged 16.8 points and 5.4 rebounds as the Purgolders finished second in the league standings. An athletic player with can play multiple positions, Washington will play at NJCAA Division I Highland Community College next season ... A four-year varsity performer for coach Matt Miota at East, Keshawn Justice (6-6) scored 1,514 career points and averaged 20.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior in 2017-18 while leading the Purgolders to a 19-7 record. He recently completed his second season at NCAA Division I Santa Clara where he averaged 9.0 points and 3.3 rebounds ... In just two seasons at Memorial, Chris Knight (6-7) blocked 167 shots and scored 826 points. Counting his freshman and sophomore seasons at DeForest, Knight completed his prep career with 1,023 points. He averaged 15.5 ppg and helped the Spartans to a 23-4 record and a spot in the WIAA State Tournament as a senior in 2016-17. Knight recently completed his junior season at Dartmouth and averaged 14.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg ... Alex Arians (6-4) was a do-everything player for Edgewood's 2017 Badger South Conference-championship team. The athletic and versatile wing player averaged 18.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists while helping coach Chris Zwettler's squad to a 19-6 record. Arians finished his prep career with 1,060 points and has played major minutes at South Dakota State in each of the past two seasons, averaging 9.1 ppg and 5.8 rpg in 2019-20 ... Deang Deang (6-4) used his size and aggressivness to continually beat defenders off the dribble and finish at the rim during his successful prep career playing for coach Matt Miota at East. Deang averaged 19.1 points and 2.7 assists as a senior, helping East to a 17-7 record in 2015-16 and earning Player of the Year honors in the Big Eight Conference. Deang averaged 9.5 ppg as a junior at Eastern Illinois last season ... Shareef Smith (5-10) played three years of varsity basketball at Memorial for coach Steve Collins and scored 754 points (10.1 ppg) while handing out 235 assists (3.1 apg). He helped the Spartans to a 19-6 record as a senior in 2014-15 and went on to play college basketball at Pensacola State College, Highland Community College and Eastern Illinois. Smith averaged 5.0 ppg and 2.0 apg as a senior at Eastern Illinois last season ... Darryln Willis (6-7) was a bit of a late bloomer for Memorial, averaging 17.3 ppg as a senior in 2013-14. He helped the Spartans to a 20-4 record and the Big Eight Conference title. He went on to play college basketball at Wichita State ... Junior Lomomba (6-4) arrived at Memorial from Canada and has four excellent years at Memorial. He scored 1,326 points for the Spartans. Lomomba went on to play college basketball at Cleveland State, Providence and Western Kentucky ... Nimrod Hilliard (6-0) won the Mr. Basketball award in 2011 and averaged 24.2 ppg and 5.7 apg for coach Matt Miota and the Purgolders of East. Hilliard scored 1,286 points and handed out 462 assists during his stellar prep career and then went on to play at four different schools -- South Dakota, Jacksonville College, Lamar and North Carolina Central. He averaged 12.0 ppg and 6.3 apg as a senior at North Carolina Central in 2014-15 ... An absolute human highlight reel, Marquis Mason (6-4) electrified crowds with his incredible dunks and ability to elevate over much taller defenders during his prep career playing for coach Rich Cleveland at East. Mason scored 1,610 career points and grabbed 1,004 career rebounds for the Purgolders, averaging 19.7 ppg and 12.0 rpg as a senior in 2009-10 when he was selected Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference. Mason went on to play college football at Wisconsin ... David DuBois (6-5) helped Madison La Follette capture the Big Eight Conference title under coach Eric Nelson as a sophomore in 2002-03 and then went on to finish his prep career with 1,209 points and 456 rebounds. He averaged 24.3 ppg and 8.6 rpg as a senior, helping La Follette to a 14-9 record. DuBois played one season at NCAA Division I Idaho and averaged 8.4 ppg and 4.8 rpg ... Joshua Jackson (6-1) was a scoring machine for West as a senior in 2004-05, averaging 25.3 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Regents. A four-year starter for coach Boyce Hodge, Jackson scored 1,358 career points ... Jonte Flowers (6-5) helped La Follette to the 2002 WIAA state title and scored 930 points in three seasons for coach Eric Nelson and the Lancers. As a senior in 2002-03, Flowers averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and a remarkable 5.4 steals while helping the Lancers to their third straight state-tournament appearance and an unbeaten league record for the second year in a row. After spending one year with the University of Wisconsin football program. Flowers transferred to NCAA Division II Winona State and had 15 points, five assists and three steals in a 73-61 victory over Virginia Union in the 2006 national-title game. After finishing second in the national tournament in 2007, Flowers again played a key role on Winona State's 2008 national-championship squad and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Elite Eight ... Quincy Henderson (6-5) scored 766 points in three varsity seasons at La Follette and earned first-team all-state honors as a senior when the Lancers went 25-1 and won the WIAA Division 1 state title. Henderson played a handful of varsity games alongside his older brother, Luke, as a freshman at Assumption High School in Madison and then moved to Madison for the start of his sophomore season. Also a first-team all-state volleyballl player, Henderson averaged 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots in 2001-02 and earned Big Eight Conference Player of the Year honors. He went on to help Winona State win the 2006 NCAA Division II national championship.

Notes (1990s): Graham Diemer (6-2) had a strong senior season for coach Eric Nelson at La Follette, averaging 21.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists while helping the Lancers to an 11-10 record. The Big Eight Conference Player of the Year went on to play college basketball at UW-Whitewater ... Tony Giombetti (6-5) played four years of varsity basketball at La Follette and scored 1,348 career points. He averaged 26.7 points, 9.0 rebouns and 3.1 assists as a senior in 1990-91, helping the Lancers to an 11-12 record under veteran coach Pete Olson. Giombetti scored 45 points for La Follette in its sectional-final loss to Madison West in 1991. He went on to play one year of college basketball at UW-Eau Claire ... 

Notes (1980s): A three-year varsity performer at West, Damon Harrell (6-8) came into his own as a senior in 1988-89 when he scored 446 points for the Regents and averaged 19.0 ppg while shooting 54 percent from the field. Harrell went on to play for the University of Wisconsin, where he scored 218 points in four seasons ... Darin Brown (6-4) of West averaged 16.2 ppg as a senior in 1987-88, helping the Regents to a 14-0 Big Eight Conference mark and 21-2 overall record ... Play-making point guard Chris Ring (6-1) helped West to a runner-up finish in the Big Eight Conference in 1986-87. He averaged 13.0 ppg and earned all-city and all-Big Eight honors ... Rick Redman (6-1) set Madison on fire during his senior season in 1985-86, scoring a whopping 523 points for coach Al Verdin. He had 35 points in a regular-season finale against Baraboo, 41 in a regional-semifinal victory over Sauk Prairie and 30 in a regional-final loss to Madison West. He later played college basketball at Madison Tech ... Scott Johnson (6-4) helped LaFollette to the Big Eight Conference title in 1985-86 by averaging 21.0 ppg for coach Pete Olson and the Lancers, who finished 17-3 after falling to Oregon in a regional contest. Johnson later earned four letters at UW-Milwaukee and was a member of  the Panthers' 1989 Division II Elite Eight team. ... Steve Amundson (6-4) was a standout shooter and scorer for coach Pete Olson at La Follette. He finished his prep career with 1,072 points and as a senior pumped in 573 points and averaged a league-best 28.6 ppg for a team that went 14-7. Amundson scored 30 or more points nine times and 40 or more twice. He went on to have a solid four-year career at Western Michigan ... Derrian Jones (6-5) averaged 20.3 ppg for West in 1982-83 and helped the Regents to a 13-6 record ... Bob Zenz (6-2) averaged 24.9 ppg as a senior in 1982-83 at East and shot 52 percent from the field and 92 percent from the foul line despite be the focus of opposing defenses of the Purgolders, who finished 4-15 under coach John Boyle. Zenz went on to play college basketball at UW-La Crosse and earned all-league honors as a senior in 1987-88 ... Mike Todd (6-7) started for two years at West and scored 573 career points. As a senior in 1981-82, Todd averaged 18.5 ppg and earned All-City and All-Big Eight Conference honors. He went on to play some junior college basketball in Texas before starting for two years at Arkansas State ... After playing at Sun Prairie as a freshman, sophomore and junior, Steve Bartow (6-3) transferred to Madison West for his senior year. He scored 507 points and helped the Regents to a 17-5 record and a berth in the WIAA State Tournament as a senior in 1980-81. Bartow had 24 and 25 points in the Regents' sectional contests, averaged 23.0 ppg for coach Jim Stevens and was named Player of the Year in the Big Eight. Bartow ended up scoring 822 points in three seasons of Big Eight competition counting his years at Sun Prairie and West. He went on to play college basketball at UW-La Crosse.

Notes (1970s): In two years of varsity basketball, Mike Hanrahan (6-2) scored 668 points and helped Edgewood to a combined 32-14 record under coach Joe Maturi. Hanrahan had a career-best 29 points in a 54-47 victory over Dominican in 1976-77 and went on to earn all-City honors, scoring 413 points and averaging 19.7 ppg. As a junior, Hanrahan was a second-team all-City selection as Edgewood went 21-4 and went 2-0 against Madison Memorial, Madison East and Madison La Follette while splitting two games with neighborhood rival Madison West. Hanrahan played two seasons at UW-Green Bay for coach Dave Buss before transferring to UW-La Crosse and earning all-league honors in 1981-82 ... Joe Sweeney (5-11) had a very good senior season for Edgewood in 1975-76, scoring 469 points and averaging 18.8 ppg while helping the Crusaders to a 21-4 record under coach Joel Maturi. Sweeney had 28 points for Edgewood in the WISAA consolation-game victory over Wausau Newman to end his prep career ... Paul Kollberg's (6-5) prep career at West reached its zenith on March 18, 1976 when he scored 17 point and grabbed eight rebounds in the Regents' 61-59 WIAA State Tournament quarterfinal victory over Neenah. He had 14 points in a semifinal loss to eventual champion South Milwaukee to end his senior season with 417 points. He averaged 16.7 ppg for coach Jim Stevens and the Regents, who finished with a 20-5 record ... West advanced to the WIAA State Tournament and won a share of the Big Eight championship in 1972-73 behind the strong leadership and play of guard Brian Leigh (6-1). Leigh scored 297 points and was named city Player of the Year while helping the Regents of coach Jim Stevens to a 17-4 record ... Dean Anderson (6-2) scored 831 points during his stellar prep career playing for coach Pete Olson at La Follette. The Player of the Year in Madison as a senior in 1971-72, Anderson led the Lancers to the Big Eight Conference title and averaged 16.6 ppg. He went on to play college basketball at the University of Wisconsin ... Don Geier (6-2) had a prolific senior season in 1971-72 for the Edgewood Crusaders, scoring 530 points and helping coach Joel Maturi's squad to the WISAA State Tournament. Geier and his twin brother, David (6-1), led Edgewood into the WISAA semifinals where they lost to what many consider the best team in the history of Milwaukee Marquette High School. Geier finished that game with 16 points and 11 rebounds ... 

Notes (1960s): One of the more prolific scorers in Madison prep basketball history, Rod Uphoff (5-10) played before the three-point line was in effect otherwise he might have scored more than 1,500 points instead of the 1,251 he netted during three years of playing for coach George Chryst at Edgewood. Uphoff was small in stature, but he lit up the old Edgewood gym in 1967-68, scoring 516 points and helping the Crusaders to a 19-2 record. In his final game at Edgewood, Uphoff had 35 points in a 79-63 regional loss to Prairie du Chien Campion. He scored a career-best 44 points in a victory over Wayland Academy and earned all-City first-team laurels as a junior and senior. Uphoff went on to play college basketball at the University of Wisconsin, where he averaged 3.3 ppg as a senior in 1971-72 ... Glen Richgels (6-7) of West averaged 20.4 points as a senior for coach Jim Stevens in 1966-67. He helped the Regents to a 16-7 record and scored 30 or more points four times. He went on to play at the University of Wisconsin and averaged 12.1 points and 10.6 rebounds for the 1970-71 Badgers ... Paul Kobbusen (5-8) was small in stature but big in production for Edgewood. He scored 423 points and averaged 17.6 ppg in 1963-64 as a senior while leading coach George Chryst's squad to an 18-6 record. Kobussen later served as the manager for the Xavier University men's basketball team and then, as a junior, tried and made the Xavier team, scoring 29 points as a walkon for the Musketeers in 1967-68 ... Bob Lombardo (5-10) was not a big scorer during his prep days at Edgewood, but he was most definitely an integral part of the Crusaders winning a school-record 46 straight games from 1961-63. The play-making guard averaged 10.0 ppg as a senior in 1962-63 for coach Dave Brown, but his defense, ball handling and passing helped Edgewood to a 23-2 record ... West's John Schweers (6-2) scored more than 800 points in three seasons playing for coach Jim Stevens and the Regents. A two-time Big Eight Conference scoring champion, Schweers was an accurate long-distance shooter with averaged 22.5 ppg as a senior in 1962-63. He went on to play college basketball at Tulane ... East's Bill Maselter (6-4) used his size and physical strength (220 pounds to earn first-team all-City and all-Big Eight Conference honors as both a junior and senior. He averaged 15.9 ppg as a senior for the East basketball squad in 1961-62 ... Mike Sweeney (6-1) was one of the Madison area's top baseball players during much of the early 1960s and attended the University of Notre Dame after a stellar prep basketball and baseball career at Edgewood. As a senior in 1960-61, Sweeney scored 506 points and helped coach Dave Brown's club to a 22-4 record. He scored a career-high 28 points in his final high school game, a 57-56 victory over La Crosse Aquinas in the Catholic school state tournament at the Milwaukee Auditorium. 

Notes (1950s): Bill Giswold (6-6) scored just over 700 points during his prep career at Edgewood, including 436 as a senior when he averaged 18.9 ppg for coach Dave Brown and the Crusaders, who won the first 21 games on their schedule before bowing to Menasha St. Mary 54-52 in the semifinal round of the Catholic school state tournament. Giswold earned a scholarship to Florida State and served many years as a dentist in Madison ... Bob Powers (6-2) was the playmaking guard for coach Verlyn Belisle and East's 1958 state-championship team. He battled illness for much of his senior season and missed five games, but he was still named Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference. Powers scored 17 points in the Purgolders' 62-59 victory over Milwaukee North in the state-title game. Powers went on to play college basketball at the University of Wisconsin. 

Stars Prior To All-State Teams (Pre-1957)

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL
Owen Roberts 6'2" 1951 West
Don Page 6'4" 1945 West
Steve Slattery 6'4" 1945 Edgewood
Sam Prestigiacomo 5'6" 1947 Edgewood
Joe Kelly 5'10" 1931 Wisconsin High

Notes (1950s): Owen Roberts (6-2) scored 447 points in 26 games (17.2 ppg) as a senior for West in 1950-51, helping coach BOb Harris' club to a 23-3 record and a runner-up finish to Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln in the WIAA State Tournament. Roberts played one year of college basketball at the University of Wisconsin before opting to transfer to Princeton.

Notes (1940s): Don Page (6-3) was a force in the paint for West during the 1944-45 season. He helped the Regents win the Big Eight Conference title and later the WIAA state title, scoring 16 points in the 44-35 state-title game triumph over Lena. Page was named Player of the Year on a very talented All-City squad that also included Steve Slattery (6-4) of Edgewood. A week before Page led the Regents to the WIAA title, Slattery was named Captain of the Catholic school tournament while helping Edgewood beat Aquinas in the title game by scoring 15 points. Slattery had 58 points in three state-tournament games for the Crusaders of coach Earl Wilke, who finished with a 19-4 record but did not match-up against neighborhood rival West. 1945 was the first time two schools from Madison won state title, but not the last as Edgewood and La Follette turned the trick again in 2002. Page went on to play big minutes for the men's basketball team at Wisconsin while Slattery went on to play football and basketball at Loras College in Dubuque ... Sam Prestigiacomo (5-6) was a sparkplug for Edgewood teams from 1944-47. Playing for Earl Wilke, Prestigiacomo earned first-team all-City honors twice, helped Edgewood to a state private-school title in 1945, and a combined 54-11 over his three years of varsity basketball ...

Notes (1930s): With state-tournament victories over Beloit Memorial, Wisconsin Rapids, Watertown and Racine Park at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse, Wisconsin High School completed an undefeated season at 21-0 under coach Russ Rippe. Guard Joe Kelly was among the top players on the Wisconsin High School Badger Preps squd, leading the team with nine points in the triumph over Wisconsin Rapids. 

Madison All-Time Top Scorers

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL POINTS
Spencer Wright 6'3" 2016 Abundant Life 1,876
Jeronne Maymon 6'5" 2009 Memorial 1,669
Marquis Mason 6'4" 2010 East 1,610
Mark Paulson 6'5" 1989 La Follette 1,542
Keshawn Justice 6'6" 2018 East 1,514
Andy Haugen 5'8" 2001 Abundant Life 1,473
Bob Falk 6'2" 1972 West 1,441
Joshua Jackson 6'1" 2005 West 1,358
Tony Giombetti 6'5" 1991 La Follette 1,348
Reece Gaines 6'6" 1999 West 1,347
Donald Hayes 6'5" 1994 East 1,346
Junior Lomomba 6'4" 2012 Memorial 1,326
Wesley Matthews 6'5" 2005 Memorial 1,322
Jim Krystofiak 6'1" 1971 Queen of Apostles 1,309
Nimrod Hilliard 6'0" 2011 East 1,286
Vander Blue 6'4" 2010 Memorial 1,269
Craig Anderson 6'7" 1980 La Follette 1,268
Rod Uphoff 5'10" 1968 Edgewood 1,251
David DuBois 6'5" 2005 La Follette 1,209
Colin Green 5'10" 2019 Country Day 1,200
Rick Redman 5'10" 1986 Memorial 1,179
Tom Gustafson 6'2" 1969 Memorial 1,167
Dennis Sweeney 6'0" 1963 Edgewood 1,164
Deang Deang 6'4" 2016 East 1,138
Rick Olson 6'1" 1982 La Follette 1,123
Rich Newton 6'2" 1992 Edgewood 1,094
Steve Amundson 6'4" 1983 La Follette 1,072
Michael Flowers 6'2" 2004 La Follette 1,063
Alex Arians 6'4" 2017 Edgewood 1,060
Dayne Armwald 6'5" 2020 West 1,055
Austin Arians 6'6" 2012 Edgewood 1,051
Gary Anderson 6'2" 1970 La Follette 1,049
Dana MacKenzie 6'1" 1990 Edgewood 1,028
Chris Knight 6'7" 2017 DeForest/Memorial 1,023
Damon Harrell 6'8" 1989 West 1,022
Ben Probst 6'1" 2020 La Follette 1,020
Tom Rutherford 6'7" 1973 East 1,015
Roy Boone 6'2" 1997 East 1,007
Mike Shaw 6'2" 2006 Edgewood 1,004
Derek Braucht 6'5" 2009 Edgewood 996
Jonte Flowers 6'5" 2003 La Follette 992
Richie Klaas 5'9" 1975 Holy Name 976
Keaton Nankivil 6'8" 2007 Memorial 975
Tim Stracka 6'3" 1978 West 974
Anthony Washington 6'3" 2020 East 961

Notes (2000s): A four-year varsity performer at La Follette, Ben Probst (6-1) scored 1,020 career points for the Lancers and his basketball IQ, toughness and shooting abilities were key assets for a team that finished 23-1 and won the Big Eight Conference title under coach Curtrel Robinson this past season. Probst plans to play college basketball at UW-Platteville ... Dayne Armwald (6-5) was outstanding during his senior season at West, averaging 17.2 ppg and earning first-team all-Big Eight honors for coach Keith Stewart and the Regents. Armwald plans to play college basketball in the fall at UW-Whitewater ... Colin Green (5-10) became the first player in the young history of Madison Country Day School to reach 1,000 points in 2019 and finished his four-year varsity career with 1,200 points ... Spencer Wright (6-3) played 95 varsity games for Abundant Life from 2012-16 and scored a city-record 1,876 points. He averaged 22.8 ppg as a senior and helped the Challengers to a 16-9 record. Wright finished his prep career with 255 made three-point baskets. He went on to attend UW-La Crosse, but opted not to play basketball ... Austin Arians (6-5) had three solid seasons playing for coach Chris Zwettler at Edgewood. He averaged 17.1 points and 5.7 rebounds as a senior in 2012-13, helping the Crusaders to a 17-7 record. Arians, a terrific perimeter shooter with excellent size and length, went on to play three season at UW-Milwaukee and then one season at Wake Forest, where he averaged 8.5 ppg in 2016-17 ... Derek Braught (6-5) came just four points shy of 1,000 for his prep career at Edgewood. He helped the Crusaders of coach Chris Zwettler to a share of the Badger South Conference title as a senior in 2008-09 and torched Oregon for 32 points and 28 points in a pair of league victories. Braucht went on to play college basketball at Lake Forest and Edgewood College ... One of the state's purest perimeter shooters, Mike Shaw (6-2) was one of the top players in the long and highly successful coaching tenure of Chris Zwettler, who plans to begin his 32nd year in charge of the Crusaders program in November. Shaw earned all-City and all-Badger South first-team honors as a junior and senior. He scored a career-best 34 points in a victory over McFarland as a senior in 2005-06 and completed his prep career with 1,004 points, just 10 points shy of his father, Dave Shaw, who netted 1,014 points during his prep playing days at Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs. Mike Shaw went on to play college basketball at UW-Platteville ... Andy Haugen (5-9) played four years of varsity basketball for coach Brian Lutz at Abundant Life Christian and scored 1,473 career points. He had 39 points in a double overtime loss to Deerfield as a senior in 2000-01 and helped the Challengers to a runner-up finish in the WISAA Division 3 State Tournament in 1999.

Notes (1990s): Rich Newton (6-2) was a prolific scorer on during Chris Zwettler's first few seasons as head coach at Edgewood. A two-time first-team all-City performer, Newton scored 1,094 points in his career and had a career-best 31 in a victory over Randolph ... Dana MacKenzie (6-1) played for two different coaches at Edgewood -- Jon Morgan as a sophomore and junior, and Chris Zwettler as a senior. The current Waunakee coach excelled for each coach and helped Edgewood to a 22-4 record and the WISAA State Tournament as a senior in 1989-90. 

Notes (1970s): In the 30 years Holy Name sponsored a varsity basketball team, no player scored more points for the Highlanders than 1975 graduate Richie Klaas (5-9). Though small in stature, Klaas twice earned first-team all-league honors in the State Line Conference. As a senior playing for long-time Holy Name coach Paul Stauffacher, Klaas scored 456 points in 20 games for a 22.8 ppg average as the Highlanders went 7-13. He scored a school-record 42 points in a 74-47 victory over Barneveld on February 7, 1975 ... Tom Rutherford (6-7) of East poured in 1,015 career points for coach Verlyn Belisle and the Purgolders. He used his height and strength (225 pounds) to excel in the paint. Rutherford went on to join the rowing team at Yale ... Jim Krystofiak (6-1) played at upstart Madison Queen of Apsotles on the far eastside of Madison and scored 1,599 career points, although he is officially credited with 1,309 since 290 points came against junior varsity and CYO teams in the Raiders' early years as a school. The 6-foot-1 guard scored a whopping 551 points in just 19 games (29.0 ppg) as a senior in 1970-71, including a career-best 45 points in an 86-80 victory over Marshall on November 24, 1970. Krystofiak's 1,309 career points were a city record until Madison West's Bob Falk finished his career with 1,441 points in 1972. Krystofiak went on to play college basketball at UW-Milwaukee and later served as the boys' varsity coach at Princeton High School and the women's basketball coach at Edgewood College.  

Notes (1960s): Sharpshooter Tom Gustafson (6-2) played three seasons of varsity basketball at Memorial and graduated in 1969 with a then-school record 1,167 points. As a senior, the two-time all-city performer score 474 for coach Glenn Borland and the Spartans.

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