1985-1987 Marion High School Basketball TeamsBack-to-back-to-back state titles!
In the history of single class basketball in the state of Indiana three straight state titles has happened only twice. The Marion Giants in 1985, 1986, and 1987, and the Franklin Wonder Five in 1920, 1921, and 1922. No one who lived in Marion in the late 1980's will ever forget what it was like to be a Marion Giants Fan.
6,000 season ticket holders.Thousands of fans following the Giants on the road.Every game on local radio, all home games on local TV, and maybe the most fitting tribute of all was that five starters in 1987 were named to the Indiana All-Star basketball team. During the three-year state title run Marion won 85 games and lost 4. They won 40 games in a row at one time and in 1985 became one of six single class state champs to finish the season undefeated. The Giants went 21-0 in the North Central Conference during the Dream Team era and tied a record by winning three consecutive NCC titles.
The coach of the Giants, Bill Green, was named USA Today High School Coach of the Year in 1987 and the Giants finished second in the USA Today national poll that same season.
How good was the Dream Team Giants? Nine of the team's members went on to play college basketball and any team that has wanted to wear the mantle as the greatest ever must first be compared to the Dream Team Giants.