Flint Star: The Greatest Player From Flint You’ve Never Heard Of

A lot of basketball fans are familiar with names like Morris Peterson, Mateen Cleaves, Charlie Bell, Eddie Robinson, Glen Rice and Latrell Sprewell, but there are lots of amazing basketball players from Flint that basketball fans haven’t heard of.

As most hoop fans know, basketball is full of stories about great playground players or high school prodigies who weren’t able to escape the clutches of the streets to play pro basketball. Sadly, Flint has it’s fair share of these stories as well.

One of those players is Eric Turner.

According to a Flint Summer Pro Am coach, “Eric Turner was something to see. He could pass the ball. Shoot the ball. Handle the ball. He could do just about anything. He was a first team All-American in high school and he started at Michigan his freshman year. Matter of fact, he was a freshman All-American. Drugs caught him. He could have been playing pro. He came out early out of college after his sophomore year. Matter of fact, Roy Tarpley is the one that got him off. Tarpely is over there sniffing saying come on ET.”

Another coach that loved the way that Turner played that game was John Hogan. Hogan told Davenport that “the best point guard, they called him ET because ET would look one way and dish the other way. ET was the man! We look at Mateen Cleaves, but ET was there first. ET was the best point guard to come out of Flint. He could shoot the jumper. He could pass left and look right. He could go through the legs. He was like another Magic Johnson.”

Another coach that sang the praises of Turner was Michigan coaching legend Stan Gooch. During the documentary Gooch told Davenport that, “Eric Turner, in my mind was the best player to come out of Flint, in high school. He didn’t finish at Michigan so Glen Rice is probably the best that went on after that. As a high school player he was worth, between assists and points, over 50 points per game. He averaged almost 25 points a game and 14 to 15 assists a game. He was awfully good. That ball club in ‘51 had him on it and Mark Harris who scored 44 points in the finals.”

It’s a shame that so many great players like Earl “Goat” Manigault, Eric Turner and Raymond Lewis didn’t make it to the NBA.


8 thoughts on “Flint Star: The Greatest Player From Flint You’ve Never Heard Of

  1. yes it is so true but i know i saw et do some things only done by magic et was the best pointguard to come out of flint i luv his god gift talent

  2. Raymond Lewis (Ray-Lew) was said to be the greatest player never to play in the NBA ! Best Shooter EVER ! 35-foot layups ! Philadelphia 76ers No. 1 draft choice (1973). Up there with Big “O” and Jerry West. Best player Jerry Tarkanian ever saw !

  3. Darcy Donavan and I saw Raymond Lewis outscore William “Bird” Averitt former Pepperdine/Kentucky Colonel great in a 1973 tournament game while both of them were 1-2 leading the nation in scoring !!!! Scored 49 points while a high school senior in a summer league game against L.A. Laker team including players such as Jerry Chambers, former Utah great and Jim McMillian of Laker Championship team !!! Machine gun dribble with the ball. Great passer too ! Could penetrate at will ! Scored 56 points against Michael Cooper in a half !!

  4. Only player comparable now who can handle the ball like Raymond Lewis is former Los Angeles All-City player, UNLV, and European Pro Jay “Boogie” Brantley. Former Harlem Globetrotter great Marques Haynes said JBoogie can really handle the ROCK ! See Dan the Man, JBoogie, and Marques Haynes in Sunset Pictures and Martin Guigui’s Basketball drama SWEETWATER (2008) about Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton who helped break the NBA color line.

  5. Read what Tark the Shark said about Raymond Lewis:
    Tarkainan says about Lewis, “He was phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal. I followed him throughout high school. He had more God-given talent than anybody. “You can take the five best defensive players in the NBA and they couldn’t stop this kid”.

    ” Raymond would play all our players one-on-one and kill “em, and half of them were All Americans.” he said. “He was as fast as Allen Iverson, only taller, bigger and stronger, I kid you not, he could handle the ball like you couldn’t believe, just make the ball disappear.”

    I never saw anyone guard him one-on-one. I never saw anyone contain him. I never saw anyone stop his dribble penetration. In a college game once, he scored 73 points. I was memorized by his ability and I just couldn’t believe it.” In his novel 2005 novel Runnin’ Rebel Tark proclaimed Raymond Lewis as “The Greatest Player I Ever Saw.”

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