This first issue included the first entrants into the Mike Shaft Hall of Fame, it included a look at one of the greatest ever basketball performances, Terry Crosby’s 73 point haul against Manchester Giants, while playing for Bolton Bees.

It also featured an interview with Tony Dorsey, who was, back then, just about the best player in the League.

However the feature that I am re-printing here is the Coaches All-Time Top Ten. I invited 4 of the top coaches in the League at that time to pick their top ten players of all time. The Coaches were Jim Brandon, Kevin Cadle, Jeff Jones and Mike Burton. I also decide to pick my top ten as well. I can tell you it was not easy, but in the end I got it done.

Please remember that these picks were made in January of 1997.

 

COACHES ALL TIME TOP TENS

 

KEVIN CADLE

ALTON BYRD

STEVE BONTRAGER

RUSS SAUNDERS

BUTCH HAYES

DAN DAVIS

ALAN CUNNINGHAM

MARTIN CLARKE

VINCE BROOKINS

MARK SAIERS

TOM COLLIER

 
 

JEFF JONES

LARRY DASSIE

GREG BUNCH

BUTCH HAYES

JOE PACE

HARVER KNUCKLES

VINCE BROOKINS

DAN DAVIS

STEVE BONTRAGER

COLIN IRISH

ALTON BYRD

 
 

JIM BRANDON

STEVE BONTRAGER

WILL BROWN

BUTCH HAYES

ALTON BYRD

BRIAN KELLEYBREW

JIM BRANDON

MICAH BLUNT

ART ‘ICE’ WARREN

DAN DAVIS

ALAN CUNNINGHAM

 
 

MIKE BURTON

JOE PACE

JIMMY GUYMON

PETER SPROGGIS

STEVE BONTRAGER

VINCE BROOKINS

DAN DAVIS

SAM FOGGIN

MARK SAIERS

LARRY DASSIE

JIM BRANDON

 
 

MIKE SHAFT

ALTON BYRD

STEVE BONTRAGER

RUSS SAUNDERS

DAN DAVIS

TERRY CROSBY

VINCE BROOKINS

CLYDE VAUGHN

TONY DORSEY

ALAN CUNNINGHAM

MARTIN CLARKE

 

If you would like to have a go at picking your top ten best players ever in the BBL,
then please send in your list with a photo of yourself and I will try to include it on this page of mikeshaft.com.


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