John Gillian

2000 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee


Parent: R. Myrick
Sons: John, Ill and Henry

John grew up on the north side of Flint, where he attended Jefferson, Fairview, Roosevelt and Clark Elementary Schools. He attended Emerson Jr. High and graduated from Flint Northern, Genesee Community College and attended Eastern Michigan University.

While at Flint Northern, John was the leading scorer on the basketball team. He was All Saginaw Valley First Team, named to two All State First Teams, and voted MVP by his teammates.

John did not enter college upon graduation. He made his presence known in the city Class AA League, where he was regarded as a fine shot and perhaps the best relief man in the City AA League. In 1970, John was among the top 15 scorers seven times in the City AA League.

After playing in the City AA League for 10 years, John entered Genesee Community College. Because of his age and his experience, it was hard to stop the “old man” as he was sometimes called. In his two years at Genesee Community College, John scored 1,410 points in 51 games for a 27.6 average. He was second on Genesee Community College’s all time scoring list, and was a co-winner of the Athlete of the Year Award.

In 1972, he was selected to the Outstanding College Athlete Hall of Fame.

In 1978 John became the first Black coach at Genesee Community College.

John makes his home in Flint.