Garnett, Ronnie Fields, Melvin Ely, etc.
Found a cool video on youtube. This is the quarterfinals game of the state tournament between Farragut and Thornton back in 1995. This was the first of many years I went to the state tournament in Illinois. Farragut were the overwhelming favorites to win state this year with KG and Ronnie Fields, but a talented Thornton team prevailed.
Farragut: KG - future HOF'er, Ronnie Fields everyone knows his story, Michael Wright PF who played at Arizona.
Thornton: Melvin Ely 8 year NBA vet, Tai Streets who probably could have played D-1 ball but played wide receiver for Michigan and eventually the 49ers, Erik Herring who I believe went D-1 but not sure where.
Anyways, cool video so enjoy.
Is there any way you could embed it so I can watch it on my mobile?
Crazy to think that there is so much talent is HS ball that KG and Fields could be beaten at that level.
Eric Herring finished his college career at George Mason and played professionally overseas. The PG was Antwaun Randle El who went to Indiana and played both football and basketball as a freshman before concentrating on football; still in the NFL. Coming off the bench they had Napoleon Harris who also was an NFL player.
Absolutely insane how much athletic talent was on the floor that day.
You're right, the amount of talent on the floor was crazy for a high school game.
Yeah I forgot about Napoleon Harris, he was really solid too but I'm not sure how much he played that year. I didn't see him in the video. As with Randle El, I know he was on the team but he wasn't playing. I think he was a sophomore that year. In that video some other dude was running point. Either way, that Thornton team was awesome from 95-97. The Thornton/Peoria Manual game in '97 was the best high school basketball game I've ever seen. Thornton was up something like 20-2 in the first quarter, literally dunking everything. Manual made a monumental come back behind Sergio McClain (Illinois) and Frank Williams (Illinois/NBA vet) and won the game. Something like 6 or 7 D-1 prospects played in that game. Then beat my future high school West Aurora in the championship.
Thanks for the insight on Herring, he was fun to watch in high school.