1967-68 Edison High School Boys’ Basketball Team
Alphabetically: Warren Abrams, John Bennett, Randolph Gaines, John Gianelli, Michael Harris, Gordon Ah Tye, George Kelly, Eugene Marrufo, Prentice McCray, Warner Merriott, William Miles, Ellis Porter, Richard Stallworth, Jerry Wilson, Madera Woods. Coaches (not pictured): John Nichols, Tom Conway
The 1967-68 Edison team was called by some “Stockton’s Greatest High School Basketball Team” to that time. Under first-year head coach John Nichols, the Viking basketball team won their second consecutive Central California Conference Championship. This team was loaded with towering height and loaded with outstanding players primed with a burning desire to win. The team achieved a 19-1 season record.
John Gianelli went from this team to University of the Pacific, where he was the leading scorer and selected WCC Player of the Year in 1971. He then was drafted in the 2nd round by the Houston Rockets and played in the NBA from 1972-79 for the New York Knicks, Buffalo Braves, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz. He also played three years in Italy.
Team members: John Gianelli, Jerry Wilson, William Miles, Warner Merriott, Madera Woods, Warren Abrams, Gordon Ah Tye, John Bennett, Eugene Marrufo, George Kelly, Michael Harris, Randolph Gaines, Prentice McCray, Richard Stallworth, and Ellis Porter.
Managers: Cornelius Stallworth and Kenneth Quilenderino. Coaches: John Nichols and Tom Conway.