Blue Devil Alumni
Jack Kramer played the game of basketball for Quincy High like no other before or since. His ability to manufacture points and hit clutch shots were a thing of beauty. During his four years at the varsity level (1982-1986), the Devils rolled up 87 wins, with Jack Kramer scoring 1760 points, currently second in the school’s history. The talented left-hander time and time again demonstrated his knack of scoring from anywhere on the floor. As a freshman, he averaged 6.8 points per game and increased that figure to 14.3 the following year. His junior year, Kramer shot over 48 percent from the floor, added 99 points from the foul line, collected 7.6 rebounds per game, while averaging 17.2 points per game. And he would get better. In his senior season of 1985-86, against double teams and gimmick defenses, Kramer scored 719 points; an average of 24.8 per game. He created opportunity, going to the free throw line 205 times and making good on 82 percent of his attempts. Off the court honors for Jack Kramer were numerous. As a sophomore, Kramer was chosen as the team’s best defensive player, was second in assists and was named to the All-Western Big Six team. His junior year saw Kramer being named as the team’s best defensive player, assist leader, second leading rebounder and another berth on the All-Western Big Six team. One year later Kramer was recognized as one of the best players in the state; collecting All-State honors from the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, UPI, the IBCA, the Champaign News Gazette and was an honorable mention McDonald’s All American selection. Kramer was again Quincy’s top defensive player, was the leader in assists, second in rebounding, was first team All-Western Big Six, selected as the Devils’ Most Valuable Player and was chosen as the Quincy Herald Whig Player of the Year. Kramer graduated with a number of school records, including most free throws made for a career with 398, second in field goals made with 688, second in points scored with 1760, and thir in assists with 500. Ranked by the “Sporting News” as one of the top 100 players coming out of high school in 1986, Kramer went on to play at the University of Michigan, before transferring to the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he earned his degree. Courtesy of Blue Devil Hall of Fame.