CIAC Boys Basketball All Century Team

CIAC Boys Basketball All Century Team

CIAC is releasing five names for the 25-player CIAC Boys Basketball All Century Team. Players are listed with their name during their high school career, their graduation year and school. CIAC will be releasing five names for the girls and boys All Century Teams every week. The All Century teams were compiled with input from select past and current coaches, veteran high school basketball writers and others closely associated with Connecticut boys and girls basketball through the decades.

 

Rick DiCiccio – St. Joseph – 1973

  • 1,666 career points and 1210 career rebounds
  • Single season St. Joseph rebounding record with 433
  • He received All American Recognition during his career
  • All State selection in 1972 and 1973.

Rod Foster – St. Thomas Aquinas – 1979

  • 2-time All State selection
  • Led team to 2 state championship appearances and one state championship (1979)
  • Senior year: averaged 30.2 points per game
  • Named 1979 Adidas All American and 2nd Team Parade Magazine All American
  • Nicknamed “Rocket” for his blazing speed

Calvin Murphy – Norwalk – 1966

  • Bob Ryan wrote in 1993  “Murphy is the greatest high school player in the history of New England. Period. End of discussion, and that is non-negotiable.”
  • 2-time All American, 3-time All State
  • Helped team win a State Championship 1966
  • 2,192 career points
  • Averaged 25.6 points per game as a sophomore, 31.8 as a junior and 40.3 during his senior year.

Chris Smith – Kolbe Cathedral – 1988

  • 1988 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year
  • 3rd Team Parade Magazine All American.
  • 2-time All State
  • 2 title game appearances with 1 championship (1985)
  • First impact in-state national recruit to choose UConn under Jim Calhoun

Corny Thompson – Middletown – 1978

  • His teams were undefated (76-0) his sophomore, junior and senior seasons
  • 1978 McDonald’s All American
  • 3-time All State (’76, ’77, ’78)
  • 1st Team Parade Magazine All American

Previously released members of All-Century Team

Scott Burrell – Hamden – 1989

  • 2-time All State
  • Finished career with 1,326 points and 1,022 rebounds
  • Senior year: 23.7 points, 15.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 4.8 blocks per game
  • 1989 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year

Marcus Camby – Hartford Public – 1993

  • Led team to  27-0 record and Class LL State Title in 1993
  • Senior year averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds, 8 blocks, and 8 assists per game
  • 1993 Gatorade Player of the Year in Connecticut and 4th team Parade All-American

Mike Gminski – Masuk – 1976

  • 2-time All State
  • Averaged 40.7 points and 20 rebounds in final season at Masuk
  • Graduated in 3 years while scoring more than 1,600 career points

Dave Hicks – Wilbur Cross – 1961

  • 1,268 career points on deep, talented Wilbur Cross teams that won 3 state championships (‘59, ’60 & ’61)  and the 1960 New England championship
  • 1961 4thTeam Parade All American
  • Once described as “Wilt Chamberlain with moves.” (NH Register October 2012)

Walter Luckett – Kolbe Cathedral – 1972

  • Connecticut boys record 2,691 career points
  • Scored 995 points senior year (39.8 avg)
  • State championship in 1971
  • 3-time All State
  • National High School Player of the Year in 1972
  • Featured on cover of Sports Illustrated before playing a single game at Ohio University

Individual statistics along with All State and All-American accolades weighed heavily in the selection and team success and state championships won were also a significant factor. Players who did not graduate from a CIAC member school were not eligible, and the girls All Century team only features players that competed after CIAC began sponsoring girls basketball championships in 1974. Post high school accomplishments (college and pro) were considered only when necessary as a tiebreaker between two similarly accomplished players. When evaluating career scoring totals consideration was given to whether the players competed in an era in which the 3-point shot was in effect which came to Connecticut in the 1987-88 season.

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