By David Fong
TROY — It took 83 years for the Troy boys basketball program to produce its first 1,000-point scorer.
Once Brooks Hall broke the seal in 1999, however, it would take just six more years for three more players to join one of the most-exclusive clubs in Troy sports history.
This year, the Troy boys basketball team is celebrating its 100th year of existence. The year-long celebration will culminate in a recognition ceremony Feb. 6 at Hobart Arena during the Troy boys basketball team’s game with Tippecanoe.
In the century the program has been in existence, only four boys players — Hall, his younger brother Michael Hall, Matt Terwilliger and Shane Carter — have ever breached the 1,000-point mark. In the history of the girls program — which didn’t become a fully established program until well after the boys program, has only produced one member of the 1,000-point club, Julia (Reel) Niles.
In celebration of 100 years of Troy High School basketball, here’s a look back at the five 1,000-point scorers in school history:
Brooks Hall (1,770 career points)
For the first eight decades the Troy program was in existence, no Troy boys basketball player had ever scored 1,000 points — although Mike Buckalew, a 1967 Troy High School graduate, had come close with 953 points.
Hall not only broke the mark, he shattered it, scoring his 1,000th-career point early in his junior season. During his four-year varsity career, Hall was able to transform a downtrodden program into one of the better teams in the state.
Hall was a three-time Greater Western Ohio Conference Player of the Year, a three-time All-Ohio performer and the 1999 Ohio Basketball Coaches Association Mr. Basketball Ohio winner. He also was one of 10 members of the inaugural class of the Trojan Athletics Hall of Fame.
Following his career at Troy, Hall went to the University of Dayton, where he again piled up awards and accolades. He started all four seasons for the Flyers, was named to the 2000 Atlantic 10 All-Freshman team, earned third-team All-A10 once, second team All-A10 once and graduated as the second-leading 3-point shooter in school history. He also helped lead the Flyers to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.
Michael Hall (1,440 career points)
Once, during a game at rival Piqua, the Indian student section began chanting every time Michael Hall touched the ball for the Trojans.
“Brooks was better! Brooks was better!” the irrepressible students would chant at Michael, Brooks’ younger brother.
They may have been right … but not by much, at least in terms of scoring.
The top two scorers in Troy High School history come from the same family — and Michael, a 2005 Troy High School graduate, didn’t need to live in anyone’s shadow.
An entirely different player than his older brother — Brooks was a silky-smooth player who seemed to glade up and down, the court, while Michael, who was 6 inches shorter than his brother and relied on his quick-twitch movements and dazzling ball-handling skills — Michael left his own indelible mark on the Trojan program.
In addition to helping lead the Trojans to a school-record 21-2 record as a junior, he also helped lead the Trojans to a Division I district title as a senior, matching the feat his brother had accomplished just six years prior.
Following his career at Troy, the younger Hall would go on to play at the University of Idaho.
Matt Terwilliger (1,156 career points)
Unlike the rest of the players on this list — all guards or small forwards — the 6-foot-9 Terwilliger is the lone post player in Troy history to finish with 1,000 career points.
Thrust into starting duties on varsity as a skinny, 6-foot-6 freshman, Terwilliger would continue to grow up and add, packing muscle onto his frame and becoming one of the top recruits in the nation. In addition to his 1,156 career points, Terwilliger also is the leading rebounder in Troy history with 645.
Playing on the same team with two other members of the 1,000-point club, Terwilliger would help lead the Trojans to a school-record 21-2 mark as a senior in 2004, a Greater Western Ohio Conference West Division title and a top-five state ranking.
Following his career at Troy, Terwilliger would go on to play at The Ohio State University, where he and his teammates were the NCAA runner-up in 2007 and NIT champions in 2009.
Shane Carter (1,037 career points)
As good as Carter was on the basketball court — he remains part of the exclusive 1,000-point club — he’ll likely best be remembered by Troy athletics historians for his exploits on the gridiron.
One of the more versatile athletes in school history, Carter didn’t even play football his first two years at Troy, instead focusing solely on basketball. Once he did begin playing football as a junior, however, he quickly became a force at receiver and safety, earning a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin, where he would go on to play football.
Carter remained a star on the basketball court, however, playing on the same team as Terwilliger and Michael Hall. Those three would lead the Trojans to a 21-2 mark and a GWOC West title in 2004. The following year — with Terwilliger playing at Ohio State — Carter and Hall would help lead the Trojans to a district championship.
Julia (Reel) Niles (1,129 career points)
Niles beat the boys.
When Niles scored her 1,000th career point in 1992, no player in school history — male or female — had ever accomplished that feat before, although Stacy Pahl, a 1982 graduate, had just missed breaking the mark, finishing with 996 career points.
Known for her 3-point shooting — Niles still holds the school record for 3-pointers in a season with 50 — Niles’ 1000th point actually came from the free-throw line during a midseason game her senior year.
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