Macker Special Honors got to somebody chosen for special contributions to Gus Macker Basketball. Gus Ganakas, a former Michigan State basketball head coach who became an announcer and basketball ambassador in Michigan, is believed to be the real inspiration for the nickname "Gus Macker" bestowed on Macker co-founder Scott McNeal by original driveway player Rick Thomson. Thomson was a big Michigan State fan. As for Gus, he was an early supporter of Macker basketball and talked it up to all who would listen. "He put the Gus in Macker," McNeal says. "We didn't have him as part of one of our anniversary classes, but we felt he should get a special honor for all he has done for basketball. Here it is."