Colorado’s own Chauncey Billups honored for basketball career
DENVER — In what is called a milestone in the history of Colorado high school sports, the National Federation of State High School Associations is holding its 94th Annual Meeting this week in Denver.
Prep sports leaders from across the country will be in attendance at the four-day event held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.
Among the major items on the itinerary will be the induction of the 2013 Class of the National High School Sports Hall of Fame, which includes Colorado’s own Chauncey Billups.
Billups was a four-time all-state selection and three-time Mr. Basketball at George Washington High School.
He averaged 23.8 points per game and helped his team to state championships as a sophomore and junior in 1993 and 1994.
Billups just completed his 16th season in the National Basketball Association, highlighted by six years with Detroit when he helped the Pistons to the 2004 NBA championship.
“Chauncey is one of the brightest basketball minds I have ever coached,” said former Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl. “He is a legend at (University of) Colorado and is maybe the greatest ever player to come out of the state.”
“Mr. Clutch,” as he has now known as around the NBA, went from being a young journeyman player to becoming MVP of the NBA Finals.
Billups has accumulated a basketball resume that puts him in discussions as one of the great point guards in NBA history.
Three other outstanding former high school athletes are in the 2013 class: Joe Theismann (New Jersey, former Notre Dame and Washington Redskins star quarterback), Kristin Folkl Kaburakis (Missouri, two-sport standout in high school and at Stanford) and Harrison Dillard (Ohio, four-time gold medalist at 1948 and 1952 Olympics).
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives.
The NFHS writes playing rules for 16 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.6 million in high school sports.
As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities.