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Greg Kelser

Greg Kelser
Personal information
Born (1957-09-17) September 17, 1957 (age 58)
Panama City, Florida
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Henry Ford (Detroit, Michigan)
College Michigan State (1975–1979)
NBA draft 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro career 1979–1985
Position Small forward
Number 32, 3, 20, 11
Career history
19791981 Detroit Pistons
1981–1983 Seattle SuperSonics
1983–1984 San Diego Clippers
1985 Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 2,961 (9.7 ppg)
Rebounds 1,402 (4.6 rpg)
Assists 411 (1.3 apg)
Stats at

Gregory "Greg" Kelser (born September 17, 1957) is a retired American basketball player and current television color commentator. Kelser played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1979 to 1985 and is best known for his standout college basketball career at Michigan State.

Early life

Kelser grew up in a military family, spending part of his childhood in Okinawa. He credits his exposure to military discipline with contributing to his later success in athletics.[1]

College career

Upon graduating from Detroit Henry Ford High School in 1975, Kelser was brought to Michigan State by Gus Ganakas, who left the head coach position after Kelser's freshman season.[1] His impressive on-court skills earned him the sobriquet "Special K", after the locally-made cereal.[2] In his junior year (the freshman year for Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Jay Vincent) under coach Jud Heathcote, the Spartans squad had an impressive season, racking up a 25–5 record, the Big Ten Conference title, and a berth in the 1978 NCAA tournament,[3] where they made it to the regional finals before losing narrowly to eventual champion Kentucky.[4] As a senior, he along with Johnson led the Spartans to the 1979 NCAA tournament championship, the first in the school's history. He was often on the receiving end of spectacular alley-oop passes from Johnson. He later wrote a book about his basketball experiences at MSU.[5]

Kelser finished his career at Michigan State as a 2-time Academic All-American, something he credits Jud Heathcote for keeping him on task to achieve. He was the very first Big-10 player, and remains the only player in Spartan Basketball history, to score over 2,000 points with over 1,000 rebounds.[6]

NBA career

He was drafted by the Pistons in 1979, but was later traded to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for Vinnie Johnson in 1981. Kelser also spent a season with the San Diego Clippers and part of a season with the Indiana Pacers.

Post-NBA career

Since leaving the NBA, Kelser has worked extensively as a sports announcer and/or commentator on radio and television.[2] He is a commentator for Pistons games on Fox Sports Detroit with his partner George Blaha and on the Big Ten Network.

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Preceded by
Willie Banks
Robert W. Dugas
Steve Fuller
Dan Harrigan
James J. Kovach
NCAA Top Five Award
Class of 1980
Gregory Kelser
Paul B. McDonald
R. Scott Neilson
Steadman S. Shealy
Marc D. Wilson
Succeeded by
Darrell Griffith
Mark D. Herrmann
Donald J. Paige
Ronald K. Perry
Randy Lee Schleusener
Preceded by
Debbie Brown
Ann Meyers Drysdale
Dale Kramer
Kenneth MacAfee
Warren Moon
Gifford Nielsen
Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 2004
Trish Millines Dziko
Bruce Furniss
Virginia Gilder
Stacey Johnson
Gregory Kelser
Kellen Winslow
Succeeded by
Mark Johnson
Gary Lawrence
Paul McDonald
Greg Meredith
Joan Benoit Samuelson
Dave Stoldt

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