Mike Preaseau

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Mike Preaseau
Personal information
Born 1930s
California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Shasta (Redding, California)
College Menlo (1954–1955)
San Francisco (1955–1958)
NBA draft 1958 / Undrafted
Position Forward
Career highlights and awards

Michael "Mike" Preaseau (born 1930s) is an American former college basketball player who was a member of the University of San Francisco's national championship team in 1955–56. He never played professionally, but he did establish himself as a solid college player at both the junior college and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) levels.

Basketball career[edit]

Preseau graduated from Shasta High School in Redding, California in 1954.[1] He enrolled at Menlo College, which at the time was still a junior college, and played basketball for them for one year.[2] Preaseau led the team in scoring as a freshman and guided them to a conference championship.[2]

The next year, Preaseau enrolled at the University of San Francisco (USF). It was during his sophomore season that the Dons went 29–0 and won the NCAA Tournament, led by future Hall of Famers Bill Russell and K. C. Jones. Preaseau was a starting forward on the squad who averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game,[3][4] and in the national championship game against Iowa he scored seven points.[5]

Preaseau played two more seasons at USF before graduating in 1958. In his junior season in 1956–57, USF surprised the college basketball world by winning a third straight conference championship and advanced to the Final Four before losing to a Wilt Chamberlain-led Kansas Jayhawks squad. In the Final Four match, Preaseau collected two rebounds to go along with 12 points.[6]

After graduating in 1958, Preaseau never played professionally.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Did You Know?". Shasta County Sports Hall of Fame. 1995. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Mike Preaseau – Inducted 2010". Hall of Fame. Menlo College. 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Maul, Tex; Tax, Jeremiah (March 25, 1957). "The Magnetic Obsession". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "1956 San Francisco Dons Basketball". Stellar College Basketball. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "San Francisco vs. Iowa Box Score, March 24, 1956". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "San Francisco vs. Kansas Box Score, March 22, 1957". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 1, 2013.