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Izzo, Crowe nearly teamed up at NMU

November 27, 2013
The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Iron Mountain's Tommy Izzo and Wisconsin high school basketball great Mickey Crowe in the same Northern Michigan University backcourt?

According to the new book, "Over and Back, Mickey Crowe: The Strange and Troubled Life of a Wisconsin High School Basketball Legend" (KCI Sports Publishing), everything was nearly in place for NMU to land Mickey Crowe.

Marty Crowe, Mickey's dad and a coaching hall of famer, signed the letter of intent to attend NMU. However, Mickey did not follow through with his signature and the scholarship offer.

Izzo, who later coached Michigan State to a national title, played point guard at NMU from 1975 to 1977. Mickey Crowe, once Wisconsin high school basketball's career scoring leader with 2,724 career points, was expected to start for NMU in his freshman season (1975).

"Marty thought Northern Michigan coach Glenn Brown understood Mickey the best and displayed the highest integrity among the coaches they had met during the recruiting process," wrote "Over and Back" author Brett Christopherson. "But Mickey didn't sign, and the paperwork wasn't turned in."

Mickey Crowe left Marinette after his final year of grade school and dominated at the high school level for JFK Prep at St. Nazianz, Wis.

Crowe, who drew national interest for his Pete Maravich-like style of play, heard from NMU and Division 1 college basketball programs. The Crowes finally decided on the fledgling basketball program at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc ...

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