Arizona at 100: Lever, one of Tucson's best, succeeded at every level

2011-06-15T22:00:00Z 2012-11-30T13:49:24Z Arizona at 100: Lever, one of Tucson's best, succeeded at every levelBy Sarah Trotto, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 15, 2011 10:00 pm  • 

In celebration of Arizona's centennial, the Star will feature our picks for the 100 best athletes, moments and teams.

Throughout the summer, we will showcase our list - with the first 90 in no particular order. In August, columnist Greg Hansen will choose his top 10, with a column on each.

Fat Lever


One of Tucson's top prep basketball players ever, Lever was a two-time NBA All-Star after starring at Pueblo High School and Arizona State.

Originally named Lafayette, Lever led Pueblo to state championships in 1977 and 1978. Because Pueblo played a spread offense, not showing off Lever's skills, college recruiters didn't fawn over him, and his final college choices were ASU, San Diego State and Colorado, according to Star archives.

After an All-America career with the Sun Devils, the Portland Trail Blazers drafted him 11th overall in 1982. His NBA career ran until 1994, first with Portland until 1984, then Denver until 1990 and finally Dallas until 1994.

Read more about Lever in Thursday's Arizona Daily Star.

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