The NBA preseason tipped off over the weekend. The highly anticipated game which featured the Lakers vs the Warriors. The Warriors' ugly loss to open their preseason slate was a predictable one, though. The player of the evening was Anthony Davis. Davis was brilliant in his 18 minutes, scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
The former Chicago prep star was the highlight of the evening, but it wasn’t until I seen the tweets below, that I noticed that there are 4 Chicago Highschool prep stars on the lakers roster.
So hard not to be a Lakers fan. Three Chicago players and my favorite player LeBron on the same team...— Justin Taylor ✈️ (@Dunkhim_jt) October 6, 2019
Along with Davis, Chicago has produced several other NBA stars from the current generation, led by Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. Davis mentioned this summer that Chicago is the “Mecca” of basketball. That comment probably made some New Yorkers angry, but no one can doubt the fact Chicago produces some elite talent.
Dominant force on offense + defense. Can do everything on the court. Anthony Davis averaged 32 points, 22 rebounds, and 7 blocks as a senior playing in the Chicago Public League's Blue Division. Anthony Davis committed to Kentucky in August 2010 when he was at Perspectives Charter School. Davis was ranked #1 ESPN, #1 Scout, #2 Rivals.
McGee was born in Flint, Michigan, and attended two high schools in Michigan, Detroit Country Day School and Providence Christian, before transferring to Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago. McGee received special mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune his senior season. According to Hales Franciscan coach Gary London, McGee's natural position in college was ideally small forward, and he could play both forward spots. McGee went on to play in college for two season at Nevada.
Zack Norvell Jr
Zack Norvell closed out his high school career at Simeon Career Academy by winning a Chicago city title. He was the school's top scorer since Jabari Parker (teammates for one season). There is always a lot of attention placed on Simeon locally and nationally, as one of the leading public league basketball powerhouses. The players receive accolades but also face a great deal of scrutiny too. Zack rose to meet each challenge. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Norvell averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists his senior season, leading Simeon to a 30-4 record (Illinois 4A 3rd place) playing a national schedule.
Former Iowa State guard Talen Horton-Tucker was one of the MOST UNDERRATED players in the 2018 Class coming out of Highschool. The 6'6 Guard/Forward led Simeon (IL) to a 29-4 record while playing a tough national schedule. Horton-Tuckers averaged 20.5 PPG, 8.7 RPG, and 4.8 APG in his senior campaign with the Wolverines!