Chips off the old Bucks, Part II
Players’ sons have followed in fathers’ footsteps onto hardwood
The Milwaukee Bucks’ family tree produced two players who participated in the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four earlier this month.
Freshman forward Glenn Robinson III and sophomore center Jon Horford, whose fathers, Glenn II and Tito, played for the Bucks, helped the University of Michigan defeat Syracuse University 61-56 in the semifinals April 6 before falling to Louisville University 82-76 in the championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on April 8.
Since the Bucks’ inception in 1968, a number of their players have fathered sons who have achieved success on the basketball court, ranging from high school to college to the pro ranks.
The following is Part II of a review profiling the basketball careers of the some of the sons of former Bucks players:
Lanier is the son of Basketball Hall-of-Famer Bob Lanier, who played for Milwaukee from 1979-84 and is one of seven Bucks players to have his jersey number (16) retired by the franchise. Rob was a three-year starter for St. Bonaventure University, his father’s alma mater. He was named to the Atlantic 10 Conference All-Freshman Team in 1986-87 and chosen the Bonnies’ most improved player in 1988-89. He served as team captain as a senior and finished his career with 868 points. Rob has held assistant coaching positions at Texas, Florida, Virginia, Rutgers and St. Bonaventure. He was also head coach at Siena College from 2001-05, leading the Saints to the NCAA Tournament in 2002. He recently completed his second season as associate head coach at The University of Texas and his fourth year on Rick Barnes’ staff.
John Lucas III & Jai Lucas
The oldest son of John Lucas II, who averaged 12.1 points a game while playing point guard for Milwaukee in 124 games spanning 1986-88, John III started at point guard for Bellaire (Texas) High School alongside future NBA players Emeka Okafor and Lawrence Roberts. John III began his collegiate career at Baylor University before transferring to Oklahoma State University, where he manned the point for a team that won 57 games over a two-year span and led the Cowboys to a Big 12 Conference regular-season title, back-to-back Big 12 tourney championships and Sweet 16 appearances and a Final Four stint in 2004. He scored the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year honors with teammate Tony Allen and was a second-team All-American that season. The 5-foot-11-inch guard was not drafted by the NBA team, but has played 170 career games in the league for Houston, Chicago and Toronto, averaging 5.1 points and 1.5 assists per outing. He has also played professionally in Italy, Spain and China as well as the NBDL. John III’s younger brother, Jai, a 5-10 guard, became a McDonald’s All-American at Bellaire High School and played college ball at the University of Florida from 2007-08 and at the University of Texas from 2009-11. He has competed at the pro level for the Idaho Stampede, Sioux Falls Skyforce and Canton Charge of the NBDL and for Valmiera of Latvia.
Moses Malone Jr.
The son of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall-of-Famer Moses Malone Sr., who saw action in 93 games with Milwaukee from 1991-93, averaging 14.3 points a game, played at Friendswood (Texas) High School and at the University of Houston and Texas Tech University before completing his college career at South Carolina State in 2002. A 6-foot-4-inch guard, Moses Jr. averaged a team-high 16 points and 3.7 rebounds as a senior and totaled 13 points and six boards in a first-round NCAA Tournament game against the University of Oklahoma. He went to summer camp with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2003 and played for the Boston Frenzy of the American Basketball Association, where he was coached by Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, the father of Kobe Bryant.
Anthony Mason Jr. & Antoine Mason
Anthony Jr. is the oldest son of 13-year NBA veteran Anthony Mason Sr., who averaged 8.5 points per game with the Bucks over 147 games spanning 2001-03. Anthony Jr. played five seasons (including a medical redshirt year) at St. John’s University, where he became an honorable-mention all-Big East Conference selection in 2007-08, averaging 14 points and 4.4 rebounds per outing. The 6-7 guard/forward was slowed during his final two seasons by a torn tendon in his foot, but made his way back to play two seasons for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBDL and in Europe and earned an invitation to the Miami Heat summer camp in 2013. Anthony Jr.’s younger brother, Antoine, completed his sophomore season at Niagara University in 2012-13. The 6-3 guard averaged a team-leading 18.7 points along with 4.1 rebounds per game. He was selected to the 2013 MAAC All-Tournament Team after averaging 21 points per game and named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 1 team.
Sean May & Scott May Jr.
Sean May, the younger son of former Indiana University All-American and Bucks forward Scott May, was a three-time all-state selection for Bloomington (Ind.) North High School, where he teamed with future NBA player Jared Jeffries. He was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball and a McDonald’s and Parade All-American following his senior year.The 6-foot-9-inch forward/center attended the University of North Carolina from 2003-05 and was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 NCAA tournament after leading North Carolina to its fourth national championship, totaling 26 points and 10 rebounds in a 75-70 title-game victory. He left UNC following his junior campaign and was chosen 13th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2005 NBA Draft. He was named MVP of the Rocky Mountain Revue summer league, but suffered a season-ending injury during his rookie season. He averaged 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in 35 games with Charlotte in 2006-07 and went on to play four NBA seasons with the Bobcats and the Sacramento Kings, averaging 6.9 points and 4 rebounds in 119 contests. He has since played professionally in Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro and France. Sean’s older brother, Scott Jr., a 6-0 guard who also played at Bloomington North, was a member of the Indiana University team that reached the NCAA championship game in 2002.
Michael Mokeski & Bryan Mokeski
Michael and Bryan are the sons of Paul Mokeski, who spent seven of his 12 NBA seasons as a backup forward/center with Milwaukee. Michael, a 6-9 forward, played at the University of Nebraska-Omaha before going on to play professionally for Centro Naval in Peru in 2011. Bryan, a 7-1 center, competed at Newman (Kan.) University before going on to play for the Central Illinois Drive of the International Basketball League in 2011-12. He spent the 2012-13 season playing for Leeds Carnegie in the United Kingdom.
Phil Pressey & Matt Pressey
Phil, the younger son of former Bucks point forward Paul Pressey, who wore a Milwaukee uniform from 1982-90 and ranks No. 1 all-time on the franchise’s all-time assists chart with 3,272 and sixth in games played with 580. Phil, a 5-foot-11inch point guard, averaged 20.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7 assists during his senior season at Dallas Episcopal High School and was ranked the No. 16 recruit in his class nationally by 2K Sports. He recently declared for the 2013 NBA Draft following his junior season at the University of Missouri, during which he averaged 11.9 points and 7.1 assists and was chosen first-team All-Southeast Conference and became the Tigers’ career assists leader with 580. Matt Pressey, Phil’s older brother, played at Cushing (Mass.) Academy before becoming a Junior College All-American at Navarro (Texas) Junior College. The 6-2 guard spent two seasons playing alongside his brother, Phil, at Missouri, scoring 470 points spanning 2010-12.
Glenn Robinson III
Glenn III is the son of Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson, who spent eight of his 11 NBA seasons with Milwaukee and ranks as the second all-time scorer in Bucks history with 12,010 points. Glenn III led Lake Central High School of St. John, Ind., to its first sectional championship since 1997 as a high school senior, averaging 21.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, and was rated a five-star, top-20 prospect nationally by Rivals and ESPN.com. He collected 16 points and 4 rebounds to earn the ESPNHS All-American Championship game MVP award. The 6-6 forward, who committed to the University of Michigan prior to his junior year, averaged 11.1 points and 5.5 rebounds during his freshman campaign with the Wolverines and was a 2012–13 Big Ten Conference all-freshman and honorable mention all-conference selection by the coaches. He helped Michigan reach the Final Four and scored 12 points in the Wolverines’ 82-76 loss to Louisville in the national championship game.
Luke Sikma & Nate Sikma
Luke and Nate are the sons of Jack Sikma, who played the first nine seasons of his NBA career for the Seattle SuperSonics before playing the final five for the Bucks spanning 1986-91 Luke, a 6-8 forward, starred at Bellevue (Wash.) High School before playing four seasons at the University of Portland, averaging 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds as a senior in 2010-11 to earn first-team all-West Coast Conference honors and the Pilots’ team MVP award. Luke has spent his first two seasons as a professional in Spain, first competing for UB LaPalma in LEB Oro, then averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for A. Ford Burgos during the 2012-13 campaign. Nate, a 6-6 forward who also starred for Bellevue High, recently completed his sophomore season playing for the University of Hartford, averaged 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds during the 2012-13 season.
Keith is the son of Greg Smith, a member of the Milwaukee Bucks’ original team in 1968-69 who started at forward on the franchise’s NBA championship squad in 1971. Keith, a 6-4 point guard, was the most highly recruited prep player in the state of Oregon during his senior season at Portland Wilson High School, during which he averaged 21 points and five assists per game. He moved on to play at the University of California from 1987-90, became the Bears’ all-time assist leader with 546 and ranked among the top 10 in points (1,398) and steals (129) and played more games (128) than any player in program history. He was Cal’s MVP in both 1988 and 1990 and was named a first-team all-Pac 10 choice in 1990, when he led the Bears to their first NCAA Tournament in 30 years. He was the last player cut as a free agent by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1990, then playing in the Continental Basketball Association, with the faith-based Athletes in Action and then in Taiwan.