Kelvin Torbert

Flint Northwestern, 2001

2023 Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Category: Basketball

Kelvin Torbert is simply one of the greatest basketball players that the Flint-area has ever produced. He was a three-time All-State selection at the guard position for the Flint Northwestern High School Basketball Team and helped lead the team to three City Championships.

In 2001, Torbert was named the Sporting News Player of the Year, Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year, USA Today First-Team All-American, Parade Magazine All-American and a McDonald’s All-American. He earned the honor of being named Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan.  

In Torbert’s senior season at Northwestern, he averaged 26 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

He finished his high school career as Flint’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,978 points. He was a three-time All-State selection, and a four-time All-City and All-Saginaw Valley selection.  

Torbert continued his athletic and academic career at Michigan State University. During his career at MSU, Torbert scored 1195 points, had 442 rebounds, 214 assists and 83 steals. In 2003, he helped lead the Spartans to an appearance in the Elite Eight and earned All-Big 10 honors in 2004.

Torbert continued to play basketball professionally in countries like France, Belgium and Russia. In 2022, he released his autobiography titled “All In: The Kelvin Torbert Story.”

Kelvin Torbert, you are the true definition of being “Flint Strong!”  You have made Flint proud. Welcome to the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame!