Destination Michigan: Gus Macker
Welcome to Gus Macker Basketball
The Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. This maintains the purity and integrity of the driveway game.
Since 1987, the Macker tour has expanded, holding a total of 972 tournaments with over 2.2 million players – male and female from 7 years old to 50+ - and more than 23 million spectators.Learn More
Dynamic Duos Named to Gus Macker Hall of Fame
BELDING, MI – When the next class of the Gus Macker Basketball Hall of Fame is inducted it will include a pair of dynamic duos – Central Michigan University professors Dr. Tim “T.O.” Otteman and Dr. Lori Irwin of Mt. Pleasant, MI, and Jamey Mullen and Tom Revoir of the YMCA in Norwich, N.Y.
The two duos will join previously announced honoree, Tony Wysinger of Peoria, Ill., a famed Macker participant, community leader, coach and Team Macker national staff worker.
The Gus Macker Basketball Hall of Fame has inducted a new class every five years during anniversary celebrations since the 25th anniversary of the touring three-on-three basketball tournaments company. Gus Macker, based in Belding, MI, celebrates 45 years in the summer of 2018, during which the next class will be inducted in special ceremonies.
Otteman and Irwin lead the effort at Central Michigan where they have created a class (RPL 333 Production of Festivals and Events) that with 35 students puts on a Macker tournament each year. It is the only Macker that is presented by college students as part of an academic program. Scott McNeal, a.k.a. Gus Macker, is a graduate of CMU.
Mullen and Revoir have led the YMCA of Norwich, N.Y., efforts in hosting a Gus Macker tournament annually for the last 22 years. Norwich, a city known for its festivals, has accepted the tournament as a major event in the community. The tournament benefits the many community charities served by the YMCA.
Otteman and two CMU students, as well as Mullen and Revoir made presentations at the recent Gus Macker 2017 Conference in Grand Rapids. The conference calls together Gus Macker tournament staffs from across the country for education and an exchange of ideas.
In 2016 Gus Macker tournaments in 35 communities across 10 states hosted almost 31,000 basketball players in three-on-three basketball tournaments witnessed by an estimated 332,000 spectators.
Over the years Gus Macker has presented over 1,000 tournaments for over 2.2 million players, male and female, from ages 7 to 50-plus. An estimated 23 million spectators have witnessed the community-minded basketball festivals and helped raised countless charitable dollars.
The first Macker was presented in a Lowell, Mich., driveway by brothers Scott and Mitch McNeal on spring break in 1974 with 16 friends making up six, three-player teams. It grew in fun and numbers into a neighborhood festival and eventually a phenomenon launched to national fame by a July 8, 1985 story in Sports Illustrated by Alexander Wolff. In 1987 Gus Macker Basketball expanded from a single tournament to a national tour.
Visit www.macker.com to learn more about Gus Macker or play in a tournament in one of the 40 tournaments scheduled across the country for 2017.
Dynamic Duos Named to Gus Macker Hall of Fame
Gus Macker Hall of Fame
The Forgotten Brother
Craig “Skinny Mulligan” Anderson
Dominant Driveway Player
Local Organizer, Roswell, N.M.
Bad Boyz, In Your Face
Cedric Wynn, Artese Simmons, Ernest Walker, Mike Hidden, Mike Ayers, Lester Hubbard
Parini’s Pasta Palace
Putting Gus in the Headlines
1987 Belding City Council and City Manager
Will Youngs, Ed Jenkins, Val Whitkey, Dan Blunt, Ron Hughes, John Nienela
Macker’s Quiet Stat-Man
Dick, Nola, and Lane Bryan
The First Family
Ultimate Macker Hoops Junkie!
Queen of The Macker
Val Bracey, Tim Bracey, Leon Guydon, Coach Tom Crean
Judge Connors and his Ann Arbor Squad
The Judge and His Court Jesters
Steve “Baby Dawk” Doyle and Geoff “Stormy” Stormzand
Original Macker Advisory Council
Gus Macker’s Youngest Stars
Sharon and Gary Eickhoff
Original Neighborhood Volunteers
Miss Elizabeth’s Fan Club
Jerry Fike, Richard Paff, Ralph Mora, Bernard Balaney
“For The Love of the Game”
Orloe and Mary Ann Gwatkin
The original Macker neighbors
Chris “The Artist” Hankinson
Bringing the Macker Man to Life
Ned Henley and Dave VanKeulen
Ned and His Neighbor
Kipp Jones and Kita Jones
Tom Men’s Division
Jumpin’ Jack Kelly
Joe “Smoothie” Killinger, Art Maui Legend Finger
The Original Gus Busters
The Flying Knueppel Brothers
Klint, Kon, Kole and Klay – Akrobatic Kings of the Kourt
The Georgia Gunner
Quincy Macker’s Founding Father
Steve “Preacher” Lee
Marvin Stevens, Karl Newman, Hank Cornley, Derek Fields
The Defender of Human Rights
T.O. “World” Mattern
Melvin "Sugar" McLaughlin
Dick and Bonnie McNeal
Mom and Dad Macker
Coach Dick Parfitt of Central Michigan University
Ron “Huckleberry” Parker, Bill “Manute” Saunders
King Ding Ding and Captain Crunch
The Root Brothers
A Family Tradition
The Big Fella with the Big Heart
West Michigan All-Stars
Bob Mitchell, Steve Harvey, Todd Hennink, Tim Muller, Steve Honderd, Brad Holwerda, Shawn O’Mara
Betsy Wiersma and Don Zulauf
Local Tournament Organizers
The Happy Macker Hoopster
Sports Illustrated Writer, Player
Godfather of Macker in Ohio
From the Macker Driveway to Indiana University
No. 1 in our Hearts, The Entertainer
Put the “Gus” in Macker
Don “The Bracketologist” Stabenow, Dean “Mr. Happy” Wallin
The Gusbuster Originators
Grand Rapids Sportscaster Legend
Sweet Shot: The Basketball Life and Legacy of Melvin “Sugar” McLaughlin.
On The Bench with Gus and Crew - Episode #9
On The Bench With Marty - Episode #7
On The Bench with Zach Williams - Episode #6
On The Bench with Steven "Preacher" Lee - Episode #5
On the Bench with Gus - Episode #3
On the Bench with Gus - Episode #2
A "Letter to Gus": By Gus Macker player, Dylan Wohlgemuth - 15 years old.
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Fremont, Ohio Joins the Gus Macker Tour on August 8-9!
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer a Former Macker Player
Macker Hall-of-Famer Marvin Stevens: October 21, 1962 - February 18, 2020
CMU Gus Macker Class Starts Semester in Preparation for Mt. Pleasant, MI Event First Weekend in May!
Norwich, New York Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Ludington Dunk Contest
Mascots Go Head to Head
Macker Basketball LLC - Owner
V.P. of Marketing and Community Affairs
V.P. of Event Sales & Operations
About Gus Macker
The Original Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was started in 1974 by Scott McNeal (alias Gus Macker) on his parents’ driveway basketball court in Lowell, Michigan.
About Gus Macker
The Macker Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. This maintains the purity and integrity of the driveway game. Since 1987, the Macker tour has expanded, holding a total of 972 tournaments with over 2.2 million players – male and female from 7 years old to 50+ - and more than 23 million spectators.
Teams are computer-matched into male and female divisions within one of the following categories: Junior, Adult, or Top. The age, height and experience of all four (4) players are considered. Teams receive at least three (3) scheduled games each tournament. The Macker is a double elimination tournament with a consolation bracket: the “Toilet Bowl” for teams losing their first two games. A GusBuster maintains law and order on each court and calls all fouls and violations in the Junior Divisions.
The History of Gus Macker
The Original Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was started in 1974 by Scott McNeal (alias Gus Macker) on his parents’ driveway basketball court in Lowell, Michigan. It started with 18 friends playing competitively for $18.
The tournament continued to grow and in 1987 moved from Lowell to Belding and took to the road because of a tremendous demand from communities outside of the home base.
The “Gus Macker All- World Tour” was greeted with enthusiasm and spectacular news coverage in every area. Over 10,400 players participated in five cities in that first year. Since 1987, the Macker Tournaments has expanded, holding both indoor and outdoor tournament in over 75 cities and with over 200,000 players and 1.7 million spectators enjoying 3-on-3 competition and family fun each year.