Wis. hoops star in '70s grateful he's remembered

Posted Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 9:46 a.m.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- In the 1970s Mickey Crowe was one of Wisconsin's best high school basketball players, averaging a nation-best 41.7 points per game one season.

His professional hoops dreams were derailed by drugs, alcohol and mental illness. But he seemed truly grateful when fans showed up in Eau Claire this week to buy his new biography and ask for his autograph.

An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram report says Crowe is the subject of a new book by Post-Crescent Media sportswriter Brett Christopherson. Crowe signed copies Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5 Crowe was a scoring machine in the 1970s at the tiny JFK Prep Academy in St. Nazianz. He says he thinks he could have made it in the NBA but when he got to college, partying became more important than basketball.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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