|No. 32, 3, 20, 11|
September 17, 1957 |
Panama City, Florida
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Henry Ford (Detroit, Michigan)|
|College||Michigan State (1975–1979)|
|NBA draft||1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Pro playing career||1979–1985|
|1983–1984||San Diego Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,961 (9.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,402 (4.6 rpg)|
|Assists||411 (1.3 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Gregory (Greg) Kelser (born September 17, 1957 in Panama City, Florida) is a retired American basketball player and current television color commentator. Kelser played in the NBA from 1979–1985 and is best known for his standout career at Michigan State.
Upon graduating from Detroit-Henry Ford High School in 1975, Kelser was brought to Michigan State by Gus Ganakas - who left the head coach position after Kelser's freshman season.1 His impressive on-court skills earned him the sobriquet "Special K", after a popular, locally-made cereal.2 In his junior year (the freshman year for Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Jay Vincent) under coach Jud Heathcote, the Spartan squad had an impressive season, racking up a 25–5 record, the Big Ten Conference title, and a berth in the 1978 NCAA tournament,3 where they made it to the regional finals before losing narrowly to eventual champion Kentucky.4 As a senior, he along with Johnson led the Spartans to the 1979 NCAA tournament championship, the first in the school's history. Kelser was often on the receiving end of spectacular alley-oop passes from Johnson. He later wrote a book about his basketball experiences at MSU.5
He was drafted by the Pistons in 1979, but was later traded to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for Vinnie Johnson in 1981. Kelser also spent time with the San Diego Clippers and the Indiana Pacers.
Since leaving the NBA, Kelser has worked extensively as a sports announcer and/or commentator on radio and television.2 He is a commentator for Pistons games on Fox Sports Detroit with his partner George Blaha and on the Big Ten Network.
- "Greg Kelser: All-American On The Court And In The Classroom". Michigan State University Official Athletic Site. Michigan State University. February 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
- "Greg Kelser". Hoopedia - The Basketaball Wiki. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
- Michigan State Michigan State University Spartans, Official Athletic Site - Michigan State
- 1978 NCAA Basketball Tournament (ShrpSports.Com)
- Kelser, Gregory; Grinczel, Steve (October 1, 2006). Greg Kelser's Tales from Michigan State Basketball. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 978-1-59670-051-2.
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