John Driver

John Driver lettered in 1963, as a member of the 1961-1963 Mustang varsity basketball squads at Southern Methodist University. Earlier he had been an outstanding player for three championship Garland H.S. teams in 1957-1959. John, as a senior at Garland High, was a 6'5 center and the Owls' leader in their first season of competition in Class 4A (the u.i.l. largest school classification). Garland won two games in a best-of three series with Denton for the District 7-4A championship and then defeated the Tyler Lions, 68 to 57, for the bi-district championship. Playing Dallas Thomas Jefferson H.S. for the regional title, Garland lost narrowly, 43 to 41. For the full season, the Owls posted 24 wins and 12 losses. John during the season scored 601 points for a 16.7 average, completing a three-year career in which he scored a total of 1,311 points. He was named first team all-district and received all-state honorable mention recognition, both for the second consecutive year. As a junior, he scored 533 points for a 13.7 average, as the Owls recorded 27 wins and 12 losses. Garland won the District 5-3A crown in a three-game play-off with Birdville, but was upset by Sulphur Springs, 62 to 61, in the bi-district match. As a sophomore, John shared time with a veteran senior player at the low post position for the Owls and contributed 177 points to the Owl offense. Garland defeated Handley in a three-game playoff for the District 5-3A title and won the bi-district championship over Sulphur Springs. In the regional title game, the Owls lost a hotly contested battle to Nacogdoches, 55 to 50. The Garland full season record was 19 wins and 15 losses.