Getting inspiration from the Son of Swami himself, Mick McCabe (who wrote an article about his top boys basketball players covered in 50 years at the Detroit Free Press, seen here). Our very own Dean of Mid-Michigan sports, Tim Staudt, revealed his list of the greatest boys basketball players he's seen in 50+ years of covering area high school basketball.

He came up with 15 players (1st, 2nd and 3rd team), and five coaches that stood above the rest.  Plus a handful of players/coaches who were worthy of high honorable mention.

Here's the Dean's list (no pun intended):

FIRST TEAM                                                                COACHES

Earvin "Magic" Johnson - Lansing Everett                    Paul Cook - Lansing Eastern

Jay VIncent - Lansing Eastern                                      George Fox - Lansing Everett

San Vincent - Lansing Eastern                                     Stan Stolz - Okemos

Marcus Taylor - Waverly                                                Johnny Jones - Lansing Everett

Al Horford - Grand Ledge                                              Carlton Valentine - Lansing Sexton

SECOND TEAM                                                           HIGH HONORABLE MENTION

Denzel Valentine - Lansing Sexton                               Dan Hovanesian - Holt

Robert Henderson - Lansing Eastern                           Dan Stolz - Okemos

Jeff Tropf - Holt                                                              Clayton Kowalk - Lansing Sexton

Goran Suton - Lansing Everett

Ben Poquette - East Lansing

THIRD TEAM

Johnathan Jones - Okemos

LaDontae Henton - Lansing Eastern

Brandon Johns, Jr. - East Lansing

Bryn Forbes - Lansing Sexton

Ron Banks - Lansing Sexton

HIGH HONORABLE MENTION

Saddi Washington - Lansing Sexton

Paul Crosby - Holt