The native of Leverkusen, Germany, arrived for his senior year at Centralia, and led the Tigers to the Class 3A (then AA) state championship in 1981.
Athlete: Detlef Schrempf, Centralia, Class of 1981
Sport: Boys basketball
High-school rewind: The native of Leverkusen, Germany, arrived for his senior year at Centralia, and led the Tigers to the Class 3A (then AA) state championship in 1981.
After high school: Played at the University of Washington from 1982 to 1985 under coach Marv Harshman and led the Huskies to three postseason appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 1984 and Pac-10 regular-season titles in 1984 and 1985. Schrempf ranks 10th in UW career scoring with 1,449 points, was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1995, and was named to the UW All-Century Team. Schrempf, who also played for the German Olympic team, played 17 years in the NBA for four teams, including six seasons with the Sonics during the 1990s.
After athletics: After retiring in 2001, took on a greater role with the Detlef Schrempf Foundation, which supports organizations aiming to provide assistance for children in the Northwest.
Personal: Schrempf, 42, lives in Bellevue with his wife, Mari, and two sons, ages 12 and 14.
Fast forward: Having played a prominent role in Seattle basketball for more than two decades, Schrempf watches with pride the recent resurgence of the sport in Seattle.
“It’s pretty exciting watching the Huskies and watching them mature,” he said of a team he considers a contender for the Final Four.
He added it has been even better for him because he “took a lot of grief in the pros” over Washington’s previous woes.
The versatile 6-foot-9 forward, a three-time NBA All-Star, also has enjoyed following the Sonics’ surprising success.
“They are exciting, too, for the first time in a long time,” said Schrempf, who played for five Sonics playoff teams and in the 1996 NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls. “It’ll be interesting to see how far they’ll go this year.”