Michael Harper

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Michael Harper, North Park

As the starting center, the 6-10 Harper led North Park to three consecutive NCAA Division III national championships in 1978, ’79, and ’80 and was named the national tournament’s Most Outstanding Player in 1978 and 1979. He also was named the most outstanding player in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) in 1978, ’79, and ’80. An NCAA Division All-American in 1979 and 1980, Harper had a career CCIW Field goal percentage of 61%. North Park’s overall won/lost record during the three years was 83-10 (43-5 in CCIW play) and included wins against several DI and DII teams. For his career, Harper scored 1,180 points (second highest all-time total in North Park history) and grabbed 1,184 rebounds (all-time school record). His single-game bests were 43 points vs. Chicago State in 1980 and 25 rebounds vs. St. Xavier, also in 1980.