Commentary

Many players succeeded after '79 game

Originally Published: March 26, 2009
By Brendan Murphy | ESPN.com

The 1979 McDonald's All American Game featured some of the greatest high school talent ever to play on one court. Here's what happened to these teenage prodigies after the game was played.

Tim Andree, Brother Rice (Birmingham, Mich.), Notre Dame
Andree averaged 3.9 points and 2.68 rebounds per game for Digger Phelps' Fighting Irish. He played professional ball internationally in Europe and Japan. He retired in 1990 and took a position at Toyota. Currently, Andree is the CEO of Dentsu America. His son, Tim, plays basketball at Notre Dame.

Sam Bowie, Lebanon (Pa.), Kentucky
Bowie experienced plenty of ups and downs during his college career in Lexington. He thrived as a freshman and sophomore, but a severe injury caused him to miss two full seasons. After being selected as an All-American in 1983-84, Bowie became notorious for being the player whom Portland selected ahead of Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA draft. Bowie averaged 10.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks during his 10 NBA seasons. He retired from basketball in 1995 and now lives with his family in Lexington, Ky.

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Kentucky/Collegiate Images/Getty ImagesSam Bowie is among Kentucky's career leaders in blocked shots and rebounds.

Jim Braddock, Baylor Prep (Chattanooga, Tenn.), North Carolina
Braddock averaged 4 points per game and 1.6 assists in 136 games with the Tar Heels. He was a member of the 1982 national championship team, which also featured Jordan, James Worthy, Sam Perkins and Matt Doherty. These days, Braddock teaches and coaches basketball at the Hammond School in Columbia, S.C.

Tony Bruin, Mater Christi (Astoria, N.Y.), Syracuse
Bruin averaged 11.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in four years at Syracuse. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 1983 NBA draft but never played in the NBA. Bruin works as an assistant coach at Hilton Head High School in South Carolina.

Antoine Carr, Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.), Wichita State
Carr amassed 1,911 points during four years at Wichita State and was named an All-American in 1983. He was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the eighth pick in the June draft that year. He averaged 9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game during a 16-year NBA career.


Quintin Dailey, Cardinal Gibbons (Baltimore), San Francisco
Dailey averaged 20 points per game in three seasons at San Francisco. His guilty plea to a charge of aggravated assault of another student at San Francisco led to an internal investigation that uncovered many violations, causing the university to shut down its basketball program for three years. He was selected No. 7 overall by Chicago in the 1982 draft. Dailey played 10 seasons in the NBA for the Bulls, Clippers and Sonics.

Darren Daye, John F. Kennedy (Granada Hills, Calif.), UCLA
After a solid career at UCLA, Daye was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the third round of the 1983 NBA draft. He played five seasons in the NBA with Washington, Chicago and Boston and then played overseas. Daye currently works as a financial adviser. His son, Austin, plays at Gonzaga.

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Terry Fair, Southwest (Macon, Ga.), Georgia
Fair was key player on the 1983 Georgia team that advanced to the Final Four. He is No. 8 in scoring and No. 2 in rebounding on Georgia's all-time lists. He currently resides in Macon.

Sidney Green, Thomas Jefferson (New York), UNLV
Green earned All-America honors as a senior at UNLV. He was selected with the fifth pick of the 1983 NBA draft by Chicago. He posted solid averages of 7.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in 10 NBA seasons. After his basketball career, Green took up coaching. He had head coaching jobs at Southampton College, the University of North Florida and Florida Atlantic University. He currently works as a domestic marketing host at the Wynn in Las Vegas.

Teddy Grubbs, King (Chicago), DePaul
Grubbs was a productive player early in his career with the Blue Demons. As a sophomore, he averaged 8.7 points and 4 rebounds per game. His career, however, was derailed by off-the-court legal issues. Numerous attempts to find his current whereabouts were unsuccessful.

Derrick Hord, Bristol (Tenn.), Kentucky
Hord had a solid stint at Kentucky. He scored 1,220 career points and was named first-team All-SEC in 1982. He was drafted by the Cavs in the third round of the 1982 draft but never played in the NBA. Hord works as a physician recruiter at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

Clark Kellogg, St. Joseph (Cleveland), Ohio State
Kellogg spent three seasons at Ohio State, highlighted by his winning Big Ten Player of the Year honors in 1982. He was selected by the Pacers with the eighth pick in the 1982 draft. He spent five seasons with the Pacers before retiring. Kellogg works as an analyst and color commentator for CBS' college basketball coverage. He'll call the national championship game in April.

Greg Kite, Madison (Houston), BYU
Kite averaged 6.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game during his four years at BYU. He was drafted by the Celtics with the 21st pick in the 1983 draft and won two championships in Boston. Kite also played with the Clippers, Hornets, Kings, Magic, Knicks and Pacers during his 12 NBA seasons. He currently works as a financial adviser and Realtor in Florida.

Sidney Lowe, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), NC State
Lowe was the point guard on NC State's national championship team in 1983. That summer, Lowe was selected by the Bulls in the second round of the NBA draft. He played for various teams in both the NBA and CBA until he retired in 1990. Lowe transitioned to coaching in the NBA after his playing career ended. He spent time as a head coach with the Timberwolves and Grizzlies. Lowe just completed his third season as the head basketball coach at NC State.

Ralph Sampson
Courtesy of McDonald'sRalph Sampson, right, was one of the 1979 game's big draws.

Raymond McCoy, Bloom (Chicago Heights, Ill.), DePaul
McCoy spent one season at the University of San Francisco then transferred to DePaul. In his three seasons with the Blue Demons, McCoy was a role player. His best statistical season with DePaul was the 1981-82 campaign, when he averaged 2 points per game. He works in transportation management and is pursuing a master's degree in education.

Dirk Minniefield, Lafayette (Lexington, Ky.), Kentucky
Minniefield's 646 assists as a member of the Kentucky Wildcats makes him the school's all-time leader. He was drafted in the second round of the 1983 NBA draft and played three years in the league. After struggling with drugs for a time, Minniefield became sober and began to work as a drug counselor. In December 2008, however, he was arrested and charged with conspiracy and wire fraud in an alleged mortgage scheme.

Horace Owens, Dobbins Tech (Philadelphia), Rhode Island
Owens had a productive four years playing at Rhode Island; he's No. 5 on the program's all-time scoring list. He was selected with the No. 44 pick in the 1983 draft and spent one year in the NBA. Owens is now an assistant coach at La Salle University. He took the position three years ago after spending many years working as a juvenile probation officer in Philadelphia.

John Paxson, Bishop Alter (Kettering, Ohio), Notre Dame
After starring for Phelps' Fighting Irish, Paxson was selected No. 19 overall by San Antonio in the 1983 draft. He spent 11 seasons in the NBA, winning three titles as a member of the Chicago Bulls. After working as a broadcaster and coach, Paxson replaced Jerry Krause as the Chicago Bulls' vice president of basketball operations in 2003. The team has made the playoffs three times during his front-office tenure.

Ricky Ross, Wichita South (Wichita, Kan.), Tulsa
Ross' basketball odyssey saw him make stops at Kansas, Wichita State (where he never qualified to play) and California's College of Marin before he eventually wound up at Tulsa. In two years playing for Golden Hurricane coach Nolan Richardson, he averaged 17.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Attempts to find his current whereabouts were unsuccessful.

Ralph Sampson, Harrisonburg (Va.), Virginia
After winning a pair of Naismith Awards in a dominant career at the University of Virginia, Sampson was the first selection in the 1983 NBA draft by Houston. Sampson played in four All-Star Games as a member of the Rockets and helped the team to the NBA Finals in 1986. Injuries, however, derailed Sampson's promising career. Over his 10 NBA seasons, Sampson played in only 441 games. In 2006, Sampson was sentenced to two months in jail for mail fraud. The charges stemmed from Sampson's failure to pay child support. He currently lives in the Atlanta area. His son, Ralph Sampson III, plays basketball at the University of Minnesota.

Byron Scott, Morningside (Inglewood, Calif.), Arizona State
In his three seasons at Arizona State, Scott averaged 17.5 points per game and earned All-America honors during the 1982-83 season. He was selected with the fourth pick of the 1983 NBA draft by San Diego. After a brief stint there, Scott moved to L.A., where he won three titles as a member of the Showtime Lakers. Scott took up coaching in 1998 with Sacramento and landed his first head coaching job with New Jersey two years later. He guided the Nets to a pair of Eastern Conference titles in three-plus seasons. Scott took over the lowly Hornets in 2004 and turned that franchise around, guiding it to winning records each of the past two seasons.

Steve Stipanovich, DeSmet (St. Louis), Missouri
Having played on some of the school's best teams, Stipanovich ended his college career as the second leading scorer in the history of the University of Missouri. He was selected with the second pick in the 1983 NBA draft. Limited by knee problems, Stipanovich played just five NBA seasons. In 1990, Stipanovich was inducted into the University of Missouri's athletic hall of fame. Stipanovich lives in St. Louis with his family.

James Worthy
Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesJames Worthy was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.
Isiah Thomas, St. Joseph's (Westchester, Ill.), Indiana
As a sophomore, Thomas led Indiana to the national title then declared for the NBA draft. Detroit selected Thomas with the second overall pick in 1982. He played in 12 All-Star Games and won two NBA titles during his 13 seasons with Detroit. He also was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1996. Thomas has worked in various basketball positions since retiring. He was executive VP of the Toronto Raptors from 1994-98 and coached the Pacers 2000-2003. Most recently, Thomas worked as the Knicks' President of Basketball Operations and head coach. His tumultuous run atop the Knicks organization came to an end in April 2008 when he was reassigned within the organization.

Dereck Whittenburg, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), NC State
Whttenburg's air-ball-turned-assist against Houston in the final seconds of the 1983 national championship game secured him a special place in college basketball history. Whittenburg transitioned to coaching at a young age, working as a graduate assistant at NC State in the mid-1980s. After coaching Wagner to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2003, Whittenburg was hired by Fordham University. In his six seasons coaching the Rams, he has compiled a 68-108 record.

Dominique Wilkins (Washington, N.C.), Georgia
Wilkins averaged 21.6 points per game during his three seasons at the University of Georgia. He was selected by Utah with the third pick of the 1982 draft and then traded to Atlanta. He led the Hawks to eight playoff appearances during his 12 seasons in Atlanta. Wilkins retired from the NBA in 1999. The nine-time All-Star was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Presently, Wilkins is an investor in Atlanta Spirit, the corporation that owns both the Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers. He currently works as Spirit's vice president of basketball and does broadcast work for Hawks games.

James Worthy, Ashbrook (Gastonia, N.C.), North Carolina
Worthy spent three very successful seasons in Chapel Hill. As a junior in 1982, he led the Heels to a national title and was named co-player of the year with Virginia's Ralph Sampson. He was the first selection in the 1982 NBA draft by the Los Angles Lakers. He went on to average 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game during a Hall of Fame career in L.A. Currently, Worthy does broadcasting work in L.A. and is a regular on the public-speaking circuit. He is the CEO of Worthy Enterprises and also is involved in the James Worthy Foundation, a charitable venture.

Brendan Murphy is a recruiting editor for ESPN.com.