Shane Courtney Battier was born in Birmingham, Michigan, and attended Detroit Country Day High School. He lead the basketball team to three consecutive (1995 - 1997) Class B state championships. and earned the 1997 Michigan Mr. Basketball and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Tomorrow’s Winners Awards. Battier chose to attend Duke University where he was a four-year player for legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski. Often the best defender on the court, he helped the Blue Devils to two NCAA finals, narrowly missing a third. After winning the 2001 National Championship, he received First-Team All-American accolades and was named the National Player of the Year by numerous organizations. At the end of his collegiate career, Battier was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) 50th Anniversary Team and his #31 was retired by the Duke Blue Devils. Battier was selected sixth overall in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies and enjoyed a 13-year NBA career winning two NBA Championships. He was named to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.