NBRPA Detroit Chapter President: Earle Higgins
In 1970, Higgins was the first player selected in the draft by the Golden State Warriors (formerly- San Francisco Warriors) National Basketball Association and Played for The Indiana Pacers, 1970-1972 Eastern Conference Champion, American Basketball Association.
Higgins was born in Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, at Pioneer, he was an active member of the basketball team and was a key driver in his team’s participation in the State Championship Game. Higgins received many accolades from his basketball prowess, was selected to each All-State Team, and the McDonald High School All American Team. In 1968, Higgins was the only player from the State of Michigan selected to try out for the United States Olympic Basketball Team.
In 1997, Higgins was inducted into Eastern Michigan University’s Sports Hall of Fame. In 2004, he received the Ann Arbor High School Outstanding Athletic Alumni Award. He serves on several community boards including the following: Athletes Learning Educational Resources Training (ALERT), academic and counseling support for students of Metropolitan Detroit; President of Eastern Michigan E-Hoops Group, Alumni organization; 2010-2018 Member of Board of Trustees at Eastern Michigan University; and he is a Board Member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. He is President of the Detroit Chapter of the National Basketball Retired Players Association.
Additionally, he is working on a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University.