Posted On: 10/23/18 10:50 AM

Michigan has been saturated with talent and there is certainly no shortage of Big Men.  We all remember Chris Kaman, Draymond Green, Al Horford and Robert “Tractor Traylor, to name a few.  But there are many great names  that may have been forgotten in the land of the trees.   Here we take a look  at some memorable players who stirred up memories of dominating the paint over the past few decades.

CHRIS CRAWFORD – 6-9 Comstock  Class of 1992

Named to the Class B All-State second team in 1992, Crawford made the first team as a senior in 1993. He also finished fourth in the Mr. Basketball voting that year. Crawford finished as the Colts’ all-time leader in points scored in a season (646) and in a career (1,510). Crawford attended Marquette University before being selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 22nd pick in the second round of the 1997 NBA draft. In his career, Crawford played in 252 games and scored a total of 1,654 points.

WINFRED WALTON – 6-8 Detroit Pershing  Class of 1996

Edging Mateen Cleaves by just 13 points to win Mr. Basketball, Walton was a McDonald’s All-American and averaged 28 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks as a senior. Walton was one of the premier centers in the state during the mid 1990s. He led Pershing to state titles his junior and senior seasons.  After high school, Walton attended Syracuse and played one year at Fresno State before leaving for professional basketball.

MIKE PEPLOWSKI – 6-10 Warren De La Salle Class of 1988

Peplowski finished second in the Mr. Basketball voting in 1988 and led his Pilots to a memorable run to the Class A state semifinals. At Michigan State University, Peplowski led the Spartans in rebounding three seasons and finished sixth on the career rebounding chart with 906. Hei also totaled 1,185 career points. After college, Peplowski played three years in the NBA.

SHAYNE WHITTINGTON– 6-11 Lawrence Class of 2009

Shayne Whittington was raw during his high school years, but he still dominated. As a senior, he averaged 17.2 points, 12.1 rebounds, four blocks, three steals and two assists per game. Lawrence set the school record for wins at 24-2 and Whittington was named the Kalamazoo Gazette C-D Player of the Year. Whittington continued his career at Western Michigan University, where he blossomed into one of the best players in the Mid-American Conference and a potential NBA prospect. After a senior year during which he averaged 16.1 points and 8.9 rebounds, Whittington signed with Indiana Pacers. He’s bounced around from the NBA and NBA D-League since.

ALOYSIUS ANAGONYE – 6-8 Detroit St. Martin dePorres  Class of 1999

He finished third in Mr. Basketball as a senior, averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game. He led dePorres to two state title as a junior and senior. As a junior, he averaged 15.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks. He went on to play at Michigan State and has since been in an international career that started in 2003 and continues to this day.