Boys Basketball

Moment: Wilburn Becomes Legend in '62

April 13, 2020

By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor

Ken Wilburn solidified his legend status in leading River Rouge to a repeat Class B boys basketball championship in 1962, playing what legendary coach Lofton Greene called after Wilburn's "best game ever today."

The 6-foot-5 senior forward had 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 steals in the 69-36 win over East Grand Rapids, scoring 13 points during the third quarter as the Panthers broke away.

He was joined by 5-6 Napoleon Hudson, a defensive standout who added 16 points.

River Rouge finished 1961-62 with a 25-1 record. Wilburn went on to play at Central State University and for four franchises in the NBA and ABA.

MHSAA Moments is looking at Rouge's six 1960s boys basketball championships throughout this week.