Brad Davis (left), Pete Maravich (center), and Simmie Hill (right)

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Growing up in a family obsessed with sports, nothing really got my heart pounding like walking onto the court before tip-off. Now that I’m an adult and nowhere near “playing shape,” I miss everything about the game of basketball.

I miss running suicides and seventeens until my lungs were literally burning. I miss diving all over the floor after loose balls and still refusing to wear knee pads because I was “too cool.” I miss the pressure of shooting a free-throw with time expired, and the game on the line. But most of all, I miss the comradery that I always had with my teammates.

Even before I was playing on my own I remember listening to the PIAA championships on the radio with my parents to see if school would be cancelled. Then when we were a little older going to Hershey to watch the Cougars in-person. I still have t-shirts signed by all of the players.

Just like every other sport, Beaver County has produced some truly phenomenal basketball players over the years. From Aliquippa’s very own “Pistol Pete” Maravich, to the Miller dynasty, to so many others from all over the county at every level.

Pro-Basketball’s Finest

Since it’s basketball season again and I’m feeling nostalgic, I put together a list of our Beaver County All-Star basketball players!

“Pistol Pete” Maravich, Aliquippa

Born in the County, Pete’s father (Press) actually coached at Aliquippa! Unfortunately he didn’t play any serious ball while still living here, as he moved away when he was 9 years old.

He played 3 years at Louisiana State where he set NCAA records in total scoring and points per game. He played 10 years in the NBA and also won a scoring title and played in 5 all-star games. He even passed away doing the thing he loved… playing a pickup game of basketball.

Simmie Hill, Midland

The 1965 Leopards are considered among one of the best teams to ever play in the state of Pennsylvania, and Simmie was their leader. He scored 1,327 points in his career there, before moving on to play college ball at Wichita State, Cameron Junior College and West Texas State.

In 1969, he was named to the Sporting News Sixth Man All American Team. He played for several teams in the ABA as well before retiring in 1974.

Brad Davis, Monaca

Brad’s high school numbers at Monaca are absolutely incredible, shooting 58% from the floor and 81% from the foul line. He played college ball at Maryland where he started all three years that he attended.

He played for a few different teams when he entered the league, but after signing with the Mavericks in 1980, he spent 12 years there as a fan favorite. He was named the “Most Popular Maverick” five years in a row, set a record playing in 246 consecutive games, and was the first Dallas player to have his number retired.

Ron Rowan, New Brighton

Ron was a staple on the Lion’s 1980 WPIAL championship team, averaging almost 20 points per game. The following year as a senior he fared even better with 27!

He won two Big East Titles playing for St. Johns, and even made the Final Four in 1985. He began his professional career in the CBA, spent a year in the NBA with the Trailblazers, then twelve in the Italian League and one in Greece.

College and High School Favorites

I could fill up about 20 pages writing bios on all of our basketball all-stars, but I don’t think anybody would stay with me that long! So what I did was take the rest of our fan-favorites and organize them by high school. Obviously I won’t catch everyone, so please comment on some of your favorites, share some memories, and let us know who else deserves some recognition!

Allie is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. She is a 2006 graduate of Blackhawk High School, and still resides in Patterson Heights with her husband Andy and their 3-year old son, Luke. She is a Regional Manager at PLS Logistics and a sports fanatic. You can find her on Facebook as Allie Dixon.