Re: pros

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Posted by Historian on January 22, 2017 at 23:36:02:

In Reply to: pros posted by High School on January 22, 2017 at 22:16:59:

: which hs has produced the most nba players in los angeles?

In LA City, it's definitely Crenshaw, still, even after close to 20 years since the last player from that school went to the NBA.
Here's the list:

Crenshaw (Los Angeles, California) 8 Players

1. John Williams 1986 Washington Bullets
2. Stephen Thompson 1992 Orlando Magic
3. Robert Smith 1977 Denver Nuggets
4. Kevin Ollie 1997 Dallas Mavericks
5. Marques Johnson 1977 Milwaukee Bucks
6. Tremaine Fowlkes 2001 LA Clippers
7. Darwin Cook 1980 New Jersey Nets
8. Stanley Brundy 1989 New Jersey Nets


That's not even close to the top programs in the country though. For example, Oak Hill has had 21 players, while DeMatha and Dewitt Clinton in NYC have had 14 and 15 respectively.

But what's the point of the question, really? When looking at LA schools, times have changed, and Willie West is no longer coaching in LAUSD.
Since then Westchester, Fairfax and a handful of others schools not typically thought of as basketball "power" schools (e.g., Grant, Cleveland, and a few others) have each had a player go to the NBA.

But past success or history of NBA players is just that, history and it has no bearing on future events. New coaches, different economic times, increased competition from private schools, and schools in other districts adjacent to LAUSD have altered the landscape in dramatic ways that have changed things radically. Still, no program in Los Angeles has come anywhere close to the dominance that Crenshaw had in the 80's and 90's, with the possible exceptions of Westchester and Fairfax. Tons of guys have gone D-I, played overseas, and made lots of money playing basketball, but only a handful have made it to the NBA.

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