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BASKETBALL: Top 13 Detroit high school basketball programs of all-time

   | Branden Hunter

BASKETBALL: Top 13 Detroit high school basketball programs of all-time

Not many cities can say the are a basketball mecca like the great city of Detroit can. The city has gone through some trials and tribulations the last few decades with the high crime rate and financial troubles, but high school  basketball has always been known to bring Detroiters together. Whether it be at the infamous St.Cecilia Gym, Cobo Hall, Calihan Hall, or Cass Tech, the history of high school basketball in Detroit is hard to compete with. Most programs like Pershing, King girls, Renaissance and U-D Jesuit, and Nortwestern are still thriving, but unfortnately, programs like Redford, Cooley, Kettering, Holy Redeemer, Mackenzie and Northern are no more. Still all of these programs, and many more have some great history. So here's a list of the top 13 programs of all-time in the "D".

1.Pershing Doughboys

History: Opened in 1930 and is named after former World War I general John J. Pershing. Doughboy is an informal term for a member of the United States Army or Marine Corps. Located at 18875 Ryan Road.

Why they are here: No program has had the consistency, or success that the infamous Doughboys have had over the last 50 years or more. They have had seven players play in the NBA and have won the most state titles of any PSL team, with five. Their alumni list speaks for itself and when you think of Detroit high school basketball, you think of the "P".

Notable Doughboys: Spencer Haywood,Steve Smith,Deshawn Sims,Demetrius Ward,Kahlil Felder Jr.,Martez Walker,Mel Daniels,Ralph Simpson,Justin Tillman,Kevin Willis,Keith Appling,Derrick Nix,Arthur Johnson,Winfred Walton,Willie Mitche