Mickey Crowe: Wisconsin high school hoops legend resurfaces and takes ownership for his life
If you grew up in the mid-70's in Wisconsin, you know the name Mickey Crowe, even if you didn't follow high school basketball.
That's how big of a deal he was.
Crowe graduated from tiny and now-defunct JFK Prep in Manitowoc County as the all-time scoring leader with over 27 hundred points. He did that in just three seasons, not four because Crowe didn't make varsity his freshman year. His dad, Marty, coached the team under a very simple offensive mantra: Mickey shoot.
Shoot he did, often from beyond where today's three point line is. The mind reels at what his numbers would've looked like if it was there.
I was a student at Sheboygan North as Crowe's legend grew. His story went national. JFK Prep made it to the state WISSA title game in 1975 with Crowe pouring in 45 in a loss to Racine Lutheran in front of one of the largest crowds in tournament history.
Crowe and his dad took their act to tiny Silver Lake College in Manitowoc County, but the mojo was gone. The prodigy found beer and pot, bounced from school to school, leaving college obsessed with nuclear war. Crowe went east and followed President Reagan, hoping to engage him on the topic. Crowe was just yards away when John Hinckley opened fire on the Chief Executive that day in 1981.
From there, Crowe would experience depression and mental illness. He was in seclusion for years, resurfacing in 1993 when another kid broke his scoring record and again in 2007 when he started talking to Post Crescent Media digital specialist/sports writer Brett Christopherson who's writing a book about Crowe. They've become good buds in the process.
Christopherson's work is in the process of being edited--it doesn't have a title yet and he hopes it's out in either late September or early October.
It looks to be quite a story.