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Stockton named top player of 20th century by Seattle newspaper

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John Stockton was named the Washington high school basketball player of the century by The Seattle Times.

The former Gonzaga Prep standout was picked as part of The Times' All-Century high school basketball package on Dec. 31.

The Shadle Park-Mercer Island 1981 state championship game was picked as the game of the century and Mt. Spokane coach Jeanne Helfer was picked on the women's first team for her accomplishments as Jeanne Eggart at Walla Walla High School and Washington State University.

The package, which can be accessed on the Internet at seattletimes.com under high school sports, included a story on Eggart-Helfer and former Harlem Globetrotter Joyce Walker, who played at Garfield and Louisiana State. There was also a story on the Shadle Park-Mercer Island game and a sidebar on Shadle's Greg Schmidt, who made the game-winning basket.

The All-Century teams took into consideration accomplishments beyond high school.

Joining Stockton on the first team are Clint Richardson, Detlef Schrempf, Bob Houbregs and James Edwards. The second team was Jason Terry, Doug Christie, Steve Hawes, Jack Nichols and Jawann Oldham.

Besides Eggart and Walker, the female player of the century, the girls first team includes Sheila Lambert, Kate Starbird and Rhonda Smith. The second team has Stacy Clinesmith of Mead, C.J. Sealey, Juli Coleman, Jo Metzger and Naomi Mulitauaopele.


Utah Jazz guard John Stockton, right, looks to pass against pressure from Dallas Mavericks guard Steve Nash during an April game in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

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