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Alvin Robertson, Magics Basketball Great
Alvin is 57 years old and played at Barberton High School from 1978-80. He is only the 25th leading scorer in Barberton High School basketball history. Hard to believe since he is the best basketball player to ever come out of Barberton High School.
Alvin developed slowly due to being only 5’8” as a sophomore. Jack Greynolds considered cutting him coming into his junior year since he missed summer workouts, but Craig Bailey took over the coaching duties when Jack had health problems. Alvin was now 6’3” and would dominate the backboards. He was not a good shooter at that time , but was the quickest jumper we had ever seen. He could go up and down quickly. Against Firestone he had 33 rebounds in a game against three players 6’6” or better.
Alvin went to junior college and then was recruited by Arkansas 1981-1984. He was the 7th pick in the draft in the first round by San Antonio. Alvin played on the Olympic team and won a gold medal. The second BHS grad to win a gold. (Jeep Davis was the first.)
Alvin was voted the NBA Best Defensive Player Award in 1986. All NBA Defensive team 86, 87, and 91. And 1986 NBA most Improved Player Award. And a 4 times NBA ALL-Star. He played 11 years in the NBA with San Antonio( 7th pick in the 1984 draft) and Milwaukee. He holds the NBA record for steals average/game for a career at 2.71.
February 18, 1986 marks a historic moment in the NBA when Alvin achieved a quadruple-double against the Phoenix Suns. He had 20 points,11 rebounds,10 assists, and 10 steals. The only non-center to ever do this in the history of the NBA and the only player to do it with steals. The three others, Nate Thurmond, Hakeem Olajuwan, and David Robinson did it with blocks.
His son, Tyrell Johnson (age 34) played football at Arkansas State and in the NFL . He was a 6 FT safety selected in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft by the Minnesota Vikings with a 4.41/40. He started at strong safety for the Vikings until released because of injuries in 2011. He played for the Dolphins and Falcons.
Another son, Elgin Cook (6’6″) played Basketball for Oregon University. He grew up in Milwaukee. He was named to the 2016 NCAA All-Region West Tournament Team where Oregon lost the Regional Final to Oklahoma. He also was the 2016 Pac 12 Tournament MVP and named twice to the All Pac 12 team. He plays professionally overseas for BC-UNIS in Kazan, Russia at age 27.