Kind of adding on to the hotbed topic, I was wondering who everyones favorite high school basketball player was. It seems we have people from every corner of the country, and overseas. Growing up in Chicago in the 80's and 90's there was a ton of talent in the area. Guys like Ronnie Fields, Sherrel Ford, Michael Finley, along with all the other guys i mentioned in my lost post. The one guy who absolutely dominated was KG. I know he only played one year in Chicago but I still think he was the best to play here. Darius Miles was ridiculous in high school as well but he played downstate in a city that went bankrupt! How does that happen?! If I had to pick someone who played in the city for their whole high school career it would probably be Fields. He had a reported 50" vert!! He was a 3time parade all-american, and was one of the best dunkers ever. He also played great defense. Wasted talent at its finest. So I wanna hear who everyone else fav was, and only if you actually saw him play. Sean Dockery and Shannon Brown were great as well.
Didn't see either one of them play live but I watched them on tv. I loved watching Telfair play in high school, he was really something special and I cannot believe he isn't doing better than he is right now. Another guard I loved to watch on tv was Monta Ellis in high school, he was very intriguing.
in san francisco, there's this kid at lincoln high school. he can play> freshmen on a varsity team?> you know he got game. chris young is the name! avg 20 p/g
He has played great defense. Wasted talent at its finest. So I wanna hear who everyone else fav was, and only if you actually saw him play. Sean Dockery and Shannon Brown were great as well inbound call center
Lebron was the best high school player ever. Hands down. He was a dominating force and there was a 0% chance of him not being one of the top 5 players in the game after a couple of seasons of development.
already responded to your post on the other topic about fields. but its worth mentioning again here. greatest leaper of all time. for those of you who have never heard of him, do yourself a favor and youtube ronnie fields you will not be disappointed.
Even though Iguodala is my favorite basketball of all time, I honestly havent seen more than a few highlights of him in high school. I know he had to be a great player but was he like a real shadow of himself now or does he play the same style he does now?
Iggy got zero love from recruiters and the media up until his senior year. He went to some of the camps, like the Adidas camp, and tore it up. He shot way up the charts during his senior year when he really blossomed into an all around player. And LeBron was one of the best ever but Kobe, J-Kidd, Dejuan Wagner, Stackhouse, Vince Carter, C-Webb, and Kenny Anderson were all some of the greats that come to mind.
i saw arthur play in the semi finals of 2006 state high school championships in Austin. The man had 37 points, easy. not to mention some of the highlights he pulled off. he caught an alley oop over two guys and reversed it, and then he got a break away and threw down a vicious windmill and the crowd was crazy. also, the team they played was angleton, tx,(arthur played for south oak cliff near dallas)which is about an hour outside houston. they had a guy named tristan thompson who brought them back with 37 points, with 3's with guys in his face. these 2 guys went at it in one of the best games i have ever seen on any level. the final was soc 96 angleton 93.
Obviously since im only 17 I have to say that LeBron was the most impressivve high school player i have every seen, but that's a given. I'd say other than LeBron my favorite playe to watch when he was in high school was Josh Smith. The guy was an absolute beast his senior year at Oak Hill Academy. Him and Rajon Rondo together that year was one of the most exciting tandems i've ever seen
He Had That 100 Point Game In High School. He Definitely Wasn't The Best Ever, But Worth Noting. I Saw Mustafa Shakur Play In High School, And He Down Right DOMINATED People. Complete Bust In College, However. LeBron Is Probably The Best Ever, Although His Stats Aren't As Staggering As Some Of Those Older Guys' Stats.
I saw the game were rondo had 27 assists in his senior year. I didnt have the slightest idea who he was but the guy sitting beside me kept talking about how big his hands were and how long his arms where lol..that was unforgettable. He was throwing full court bounce passes and no looks,just about every pass imaginable. I knew he would be a good point guard in the nba, if he couldve declared for the draft i wouldnt hav had a doubt in my mind he wouldve been and allstar player.
Growing up in Oakland, I have a lot of guys that I could talk about. As far as Ronnie Fields being the greatest dunker or having the most hops ever, have you ever heard of Demetrius "Hook" Mitchell ? Fields was 6-3, Hook was 5-10 tops jumping over people and cars, but had everything else he needed to be a great NBA player. With that being said when J. Kidd was in high school he was the consensus #1 ranked player in the country. He's still not a great shooter and he was worse then, he wasn't the kind of athlete that a guy like Ronnie Fields was but his feel for the game was second to none. He saw things on the court before they happened, which is why he won every national player of the year award his senior year. The plays that he has made in his NBA career were old to us who had the privilege of watching him in high school.
The best high school player ever in the last twenty five years was Kenny Anderson and Lebron James. Felipe Lopez also comes to mind.
i saw and played against him in higschool and i just cant say hes the bets or near the best PLAYER i have ever seen in highschool..he could jump out of the gym but his jumper wasnt that good and his handles was so so ..he mostly intimidated and over powered people..after his accident he couldnt jump as high which really took alot from his game because he wansnt great at any other aspect
by the way the best player ever from that area was ben wilson hands down
Al Jefferson anyone? 42.6ppg, 18rpg, 7bpg. Feliepe Lopez, Lebron James, Deshawn Stevenson, and Lenny "The Goat" Cooke come to mind.
Lebron was the best high school player ever.
I grew up in northern Indiana, and by all accounts I've seen some great high school players. Ben Wilson was one as was Ronnie Fields. But upon moving to California in my teens I had a chance to see J Kidd. True story, Sports Illustrated took a poll of 12 NBA GM's as to who they would pick to start an NBA franchise and J Kidd got 2 votes, and this was done in 1991 I believe. Like another responder said he saw plays before they happened. Unfortunately, I believe he peaked too soon because for those who saw him in high school his game as always been great, but never evolved into areas where he lacked, like a steady mid-range jumper. But the vision and court sense has been there for a long time. And recently Mike Kryweski (yall know who I am talkn about) said he, J Kidd was the glue to the Olympic team. Uncanny basketball senses rarely seen or matched.
Not saying he was the best , but OJ Mayo was a great high school player.
I know this may sound stupid, but I heard that Zo averaged a triple double (points-boards-blocks) in high school. He was second in the 92' draft to Shaq, but I dont doubt that he was one of the best.
jay williams that had the motorcycle accident
Oden was the greatest in a basketball-oriented state. Not greatest of all American guys (LEBRON) but very dominant
the kid was sick-nasty as they came....too bad he never panned out
i loved watching bassy and OJ play. Eric Gordon was nice too when he played against MJ's kids on tv that time. Gordon rocked the cradle jus 4 jordan.
My favourite high scholl player was Korleone Young of Hargrave Military. He was dominatin, beastin, no wonder he was drafted out of high school.
There was a great DeMatha team which i loved to see play with Joseph Forte, UNC.
Kenny Anderson was the best I've seen...including Lebron James who would be second.
REALLY....though all the names you mentioned were nice you being from chitown and not even nameing ben wilson is just unacceptable
you must be talking about wit joe forte keith bogans mike pegus and jordan collins, travis garrison
Al Jefferson He Was Averaging 40 POints ......with 15 rebounds and 5 blocks........
i liked othello harrington..42pts 24reb 7 blks a game..though you have to factor in the comp these guys who put up big numbers were playing against
tyson chandler, he works out at my gym sometimes so i guess i'm biased
one of my coaches knew shannon brown, said he was a beast in high school, i saw the highlights tho
I still have that HS top seniors pic on my desktop. It was Lebron James, Shannon Brown, Luol Deng and Ndudi Ebi. Well at least 3 of them are in the NBA. I think Shakur is prolly the biggest name on here that literately amounted to next to nothing in college. It's a pity, but what can ya do really?
Al Jefferson was a BEAST in high school, over 40 ppg close to 20 boards a game...but &$#%#&@!, Teddy Dupay (University of Florida), averaged 45 ppg in high school and never turned into anything. Hard to rate high school players after seeing how their futures turn out...
What about Lew Alcindor?