Growing up a Michigan fan I was excited when a family friend, Garde Thompson, chose to play at Michigan coming off a stellar career at East Grand Rapids (East Great Falls for you American Pie fans). Garde finished as the runner-up to Antoine Joubert for Mr. Basketball in 1983, two spots ahead of Dan Majerle by the way.
Being 10 years old it I was thrilled to be able to periodically sit in his great family/friends seats in the blue section, meet the players after the games (Roy Tarpley, Gary Grant, etc.) and spend time with Garde and his family in general. We used to even get the hand me down boxes of clothing from Garde's mother which I thought was really cool.
Garde had a pretty successful career at Michigan, eventually earning a starting spot in Michigan's 3 guard offense his senior year alongside Grant and Joubert. Garde's best attribute was that he could flat-out shoot the rock. I recall one game Garde was 8-9 from the 3pt line. He also shot 9-12 from behind the arc in David Robinson's last college game in the NCAA tournament. In fact Garde's 33 point coupled with Robinson's 50 put then 4th all-time in "Most Points by Two Opposing Players" in NCAA tourney history.
Garde also holds the Michigan all-time record for career 3pt shooting percentage at 48.08%
Boy we could really use a guy like Garde Thompson in Beilein's system. Can you imagine how much better this team would be if anyone could get anywhere near that number over a season, let alone a career?