I have noticed many of you have played high school basketball or are currently playing HS basketball.
I'm just curious to see if any of you former high school basketball players ever played against a player that is fairly known in the NCAA or is now an NBA player/prospect.
As for you players currently in high school have you all played against any prominent, headed to D1 soon-type players?
Here is my list:
Corey Brewer. Came up to our city for my school's summer league camp. This was before my junior year and I only played about 10 minutes against him. He was fairly funny, he was constantly talking during the game.
Chris Lofton: Played him in a mid-season Christmas tournament. Our team was very intimidated and we all sucked. Someone on our team even threw it directly to Lofton during the game.
Luke Zeller (Bulls summer league team): Played him in a summer scrimmage at his HS. He dominated. Don't remember Tyler ever being there.
Albert Jackson (F/C for Georgia Bulldogs): He was solid when we played him, he transferred to Oak Hill the year after we played him. We won, but it was their 1st game of the year and our 3rd.
Ty Rogers (obviously no where near the NBA): He is the guy that hit that sweet 3 pt shot at the buzzer to help WKU in their first round upset 2 years ago. Great shooter in HS, we held him to 14-16pts. He was all his team had, averaged 20+ pts.
I feel like there may be a couple more, but I can't think of them right now. Within the past year, I've played against Perry Stevenson and Ramon Harris at the gym on UK's campus, but that was just pick-up basketball.
I have personally met a lot of players currently in the NBA. Watched a ton of pro players play in person...got lots of autographs.
Ha the only notable player I have played against is Scotty Hopson (Tennessee) at the YMCA
I played against quite a few college players. As for NBA, Tyson Chandler, Gilbert Arenas, Tayshaun Prince, Dijion Thompson.
llperez: Go ahead and name those college players. Don't hold back on us.
Gatorheels: I have a buddy that went to University Heights Academy for one year and played with Hopson. Did you play Scotty at a YMCA in Tennessee or elsewhere?
kacey.......in Kentucky a couple years ago
I went to WKU...I used to see Ty Rogers & Courtney Lee all the time...never played any pickup games against them though
i played against guys like JP Prince(Tennessee) and Thaddeus Young (NBA) and i also played with Anthony Mason Jr. we palyed together at Fairley High School
Did you ever get to meet Mason Jr.'s father? I would think he would have helped coach.
hardly any big names. Those pro's were the biggest name guys I played against. But some of the college guys were Andrew Zahn who went to Arizona, half the UCSB team, and a couple UCLA and USC players, but no one too special. I had a highschool teammate named Nick Curtis and he went to USC for 4 years and played overseas. Also, I played against some of the guys from the And1 mix tour, as well as r&b singer Brian McKnight.
gator: You still living in BG? That city is getting big. I was close to attending WKU for my last two years of school.
JordanC: Did Jon Hood look any good? I'm skeptical about him, he put up great numbers, but stats don't tell the complete story in high school, especially in certain parts of Kentucky where the competition is very weak.
I never played against anybody that was a huge star in the NBA but had the priveldge of having dinner with Dr. J.! One of the greatest thrills of my life, and every bit as cool and classy as he comes of on tv. He has an awesome sense of humor and is not at all full of himself. A truly great guy. Also, I plan events for a living and coordinated a charity 3 on 3 in Chicago. Honorary Chair was Coach Ray Meyer. Also among the nicest and classiest people that ever lived in my book. Told me some stories that were were very interesting including how Isiah Thomas verbally committed to him to attend DePaul.
That is funny, did he have any game?
i played against tony allen before nba see will bynum every summer in chicago and sherron collins wilson chandler use to hoop in chi before he got drafted emmanuel little north dakota state now playing in china and dennis murphy western illinois the last 2 you dont know but they are MONTERS
but i i have played against tyrese rice, scotty reyonds, marcus ginyard, calvin baker of uva and stefan welsh of arkansas, julian vauhn who plays at george town, rudy gay my sophmore year in a summer leauge in dc he duncked on my mans really bad lol.....
I've played with a few players, no one of credibility though
Mike James & Sebastian Telfair mainly
Mike James is from my area, and he comes around sometimes, plays with the little kids and what not
&before Telfair was an NBAer and was the best thing out of HS, i met him in NYC and we had a little pickup game going..
Yeah, dude can ball. He won some celebrity all-star game mvp's. It was funny because there was this small gym in Oxnard that I used to always ball at, and someone said Brian Mcknight was coming. I just figured it was a nickname for someone who looked just like him, but it was actually him. I ran a couple games aginst him.
Nope no longer live in BG. I might know your buddy from UHA. I saw Jon Hood play in person one time when he was a Junior...when they played UHA. UHA had Scotty Hopson then. I wasn't impressed at all with Hood. He has descent size, pretty good shot, and he seems like a smart player. However, he isn't that athletic, got hung trying to dunk one. A 6'4" guard Tyshon Edmunson (plays for St.Johns now) shut Hood down. So if that small of a guard can shut Hood down I am kinda worried how he is going to be a factor in the SEC. I'm sure Hood has improved soom since then though since this was like almost 2 years ago or so.
One of my friends has a brother that currently plays in the NBA, Joel Pryzbilla currently of the Portland Trailblazers. I have played against him many times. One time his bro and I played against joel and Sam Cassell when Przy was playing in Milwaukee.
I have also played against Trent Tucker when he was at a basketball camp that I attended.
I met Kevin Love but never played against him.
I played with Blake Griffin for like 5 minutes at some pick up game cuz I live in Edmond, Oklahoma, where he group up.
Notable Players I have met...got their autographs....Rashad McCants, Tyler Smith, Chris Lofton, Vincent Yarbrough, David Lee, Bonner, Matt Walsh, Anthony Roberson, Corey Brewer, Al Horford, Noah, Taurean Green, Tyrus Thomas, Brandan Bass, Glen Davis, Marquis Daniels, Shan Foster mostly SEC players
I am sure I am forgetting quite a few.
Only 5 minutes? That has to be the shortest pick up game in history.
Shoot me an e-mail and I'll see if you know this guy. He is very outgoing, but like I said he was only there for one year.
summer before his juior year of hs and he was already 7 feet. I'm 6-4 and the second tallest guy on the team, so I had to try and box him out. It was'nt pretty. We only lost by 20 which was pretty good because they were beating everyone else by 40.
i played in a pick up game with steve nash a couple summers ago at h.c.c gym in vancouver when he was working out there. I never had so many easy baskets before in my life
I've also played pick-up games w/ Haywoode Workman, Reggie Miller, Ron Artest, Fred Jones & Andre Owens
in your opinion who was the most impressive of all those guys?
Chris Singleton (FSU)
Delwan Graham (Western Kentucky)
Pierre Jordan (FSU)
Gideon Gamble (Winthrop)
Javaris Crittenton (NBA)
Zac Swansey (UGA)
Howard Thompson (UGA)
Darnell Wilks (Cinn)
Jelan Kendrick (Westlake HS) (playing pickup)
Ray Willis (Oklahoma) (playing pickup)
Shawn Kemp Jr. (???)
Were all Teammates of mine.
I've played against:
Greg Monroe (Big guy was dropping dimes... no lie)
Courtney Fortson (BEAST!!!!!)
All of them are pretty cool.
tezo's list is the most impressive. Tezo, did you play D1 ball in the Big 10 or something? I can tell you play ball in Indiana, especially considering whom you have played in pick-up games. Indianapolis to be more exact. I'm surprised Hansbrough isn't on that list.
However, the coolest story is JWHITES' one about playing Pryzbilla and Sam Cassell.
That's tough lol. I went to middle school and high school w/ Jason Gardner, and he was the best I'd seen until I seen Eric Gordon. Gordon is by FAR the best I've played w/ or seen up close. I played w/ Zach Randolph while he was in high school and he was pretty impressive. Rodney Carney too and he was REALLY athletic. McRoberts was impressive for a LONG time. Dominic James was impressive too. Quick, explosive and athletic (hops like I've never seen), BUT he's NEVER been able to shoot. I mean and this goes back to him being in 5th grade lol.
I have played and am currently playing against some of the Best talent in the Nation. Joshua Smith from Kentwood is an absolute beast and is definately going to the NBA. Every single Pac 10 team as well as basically every D1 team wants him. He is probably going to either UCLA or UNC. Also Tony Wroten, the #1 Junior in the Nation is an absolute freak. He is really athletic and litteraly (spelling) SCORES AT WILL!!! I swear you can't stop this guy other then if he has a poor shooting performance and his confidence goes down, but that usually doesn't happen. Just trust me, these two will be in the league
I got you all beat! lol
Gilbert Arenas ( on Halo :)
Austin Thorton (MSU currently)
Tom Herzog (MSU currently)
Laval Lucas Perry (U of M )
Those are all the big names i can think of.
in know some of his brothers
are you aaron dotson from rainier beach???????????
ive played against sick Washington HS players like josh smith, tony wroten, aaron bright, etc.
played 1 on 1 against former sonics PF/C Steve Scheffler
ive played pickup games with:
jamelle mcmillan (arizona state university)
gary gardner (played at University of Washington in mid 80's)
marcus trufant (seattle seahawks lol)
chad eaton (played for the seahawks)
WELL I PLAYED AGAINST GILBERT ARENAS AT A PARK OUT IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD,CA HE WAS SMALL BUT QUICK LIKE HE LATER ON BECAME BUT OUR TEAM GOT THE BEST OF HIM WE TOOK THE CHAMPIONSHIP FROM HIS OLD YMCA TEAM THE BULLS CAN SAY NOTHING BAD HES A HUMBLE GUY HAS HIS DAD GIVE OUT NBA AUTHENTIC STUFF TO THE KIDS IN THE PARK I HOPE HE REALLY GETS HEALTHY HES A STAR WHEN ABLE TO PERFORM MR AGENT ZERO
Ive been lucky enough to play about 4 guys in Atlanta at the Y and at run n shoot. I played Mario West at the Y (he is a good defender),I watched Javaris Crittenton at run n shoot when he played for SWACA (pretty quick), Lance Storrs always plays at run n shoot (he can shoot it good), and once I played with Jarrett Jack (he is a good, strong defender
Nate Robinson- guarded him in HS
Marcus Williams- Arizona
Pops Mensah Bonsu
Brandon Roy- never played, jus watched AAU team
Jamal Crawford- he was a Senior when I was a freshman, didnt play tho
Dajuan Wagner (Purest scorer I have ever seen you can stick with him but can put the ball up in many ways)
Al Harrington (VERY SKILLED NOT CRAZY ATHLETICISM think of paul pierce the best out of the bunch because of his mind)
Jesse Holley ( He's on the football show right now with Michael Irvin)
Ibi Jabeer (european player)
Stromile Swift (VERY VERY ATHLETIC)
Jaquan Hart (Very athletic)
others hopin some of you guys have heard of or seen somewhere Elizabeth Highschool and St Pats
Mike Blaise ( I thought this guy was poor man's Kobe in a pick up game) he went to some school in michigan but not for basketball for track anyone here of this guy let me know ( No motivation)
Jerome Holman (And 1 mixtapes)
Lots of and 1 players
weren't brandon roy and nate robinson on the same high school team???? How Can You Play One And Not The Other
I lived in Brooklyn and Syracuse (currently) i met alot of players and played some
I met- all the 2009 McDonald All-americans. Mark Jackson, Chris Mullen, Spreewell, Allan Houston, John Starks, Kieth Van Horn and Isash Thomas.
I played games with- Lance Stephenson ( i actually know his fam), Stephon Marbury, Kemba Walker, Carmelo Anthony, Donte Greene, Jonny Flynn, Sebastion Telfair.
I actually go the opportunity to play against Gheorghe Muresan as he just showed up to my rec center one day for a clinic or something. We asked him to play five on five like an hour before the the clinic started and he agreed. He barely had to jump to dunk and had a suprisngly soft shot. Despite the fact he was playing against kids, he woudn't let up and treated it like a true game!
i played drew gordon (ucla) when he was at mitty, jeremy lin (harvard) when he comes home, matt barnes and adonal foyle in the San Francisco Pro-Am (i was a bench warmer and hardly got to play, but still), and then gilbert arenas, jason richardson, and baron davis at random pick-up games around the bay area. oh and jerry brown III (fresno state), and i use to scrimmage with the Sacred Heart (HS) girls team that went undefeated and went no.1 in the nation.
B Roy went to Garfield High School while Nate went to Rainier Beach. My school was in the same division as Beach. They did play AAU together and went to UW together
I live in Lawrence Ks and i've played against Jayhawks Aaron Miles, Keith Langford, Bryant Nash, in pick up games at the campus and shot around with Julian Wright, the area i went to high school didn't produce much for pro and college talent, but i played AAU ball against Dennis Lattimore who played at Arizona before transferring to Notre Dame and Wayne Simien and Jaques Vaughn goto the same gym as me when they are back for the summer haha
Cameron Tatum (Tennesee; my 11th Grade year)
Senario Hillman (Alabama)
Dominique Archie (South Carolina)
JR Pinnock (Portland Trailblazers)
Chris Hill (Michigan St. University)
Michael Curry (Detroit Pistons Former Head Coach; attended his basketball camp)
BJ Elder (Ga. Tech; didnt play against..I was in the 7th or 8th grade when he was a senior)
Elton Nesbitt (Former Ga. Southern PG)
Derrick Allen (Ole Miss)
Josh Nesbit (Ga. Tech QB)
Montavious Adams (Oklahoma State)
Couple of those are at camps and some I didnt play against but my team competing against.
Lebron...5 star basketball camp (Corapolis, PA) summer of '00, when he was good enough to be a lottery pick as a rising soph in this yrs draft.
Jason Williams (when he was white chocolate) got his ankles put on roller skates by yours truly
Several other players who starred in college, and went on to professional careers overseas, d-league, aba, etc...
david lee james white micheal beasley kevin durant ty lawson juan dixon joe smith chris wilcox ron artest troy murphey steve francis roger mason baby shaq (and 1) paul millsap deron williams carlos boozer cj miles delonte west sam cassell aron mckie jerome kersey randy moss alonzo mourning patrick ewing jr allen iverson jerome (junk yard dog) williams othello harrington lance allred marquis daniels kenny smith and i think thats it...alot more european players though