Friday, March 05, 2010

Greg Kelser: the forgotten All-American from Michigan State

The 1979 NCAA Basketball Championship is most remembered for the match-up between Larry Bird of Indiana State and Earvin "Magic" Johnson of Michigan State...but the one player often overlooked in this game was Michigan State's Greg Kelser...

He was the first Big Ten player to ever score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in a career...he was an All-American both athletically and academically...

After college, Kelser was drafted 4th overall by the hometown Detroit Pistons who were coached by some guy named Dick Vitale...Kelser's stay in Detroit was short as he was traded two years later to the Seattle Supersonics for the Microwave - Vinnie Johnson...Kelser completed his NBA career with the Indiana Pacers...

Since leaving the NBA, Kelser has worked as a sports announcer and/or commentator on radio and television...he is the commentator for Detroit Pistons games on Fox Sports Detroit...