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High School Heroics, Part I


The best five-star prospect factories in the land


Although the high school hoops scene generally does not have the following or media attention that collegiate basketball receives, a few stacked prep squads buck the trend by attracting huge sell-out crowds to every game and reliably producing top collegiate athletes every year. In fact, some high school teams have been so successful that even players on the bench can earn a NCAA Division I scholarship. Here are a few of these legendary programs.


Old-school royalty: Before the evolution of the education system, public schools had large enrolment figures and the widest talent pools.
Schools like Simeon from Chicago dominated their states, led by players such as Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker and the late Benji Wilson. Even within the hoops-crazy Windy City, other storied programs such as Whitney Young, Proviso East and Morgan Park have struggled to keep up as the Wolverines rattle off title after title.


Lincoln High in Coney Island was so successful that they were immortalized in the hoops classic ‘He Got Game’ as the stomping grounds of the fictitious prodigy played by Ray Allen. In reality, they are equally famed for producing flashy guards from the Marbury brothers and Sebastian Telfair to the flamboyant Lance Stephenson.


Of course, no discussion of public school squads is complete without a mention of Baltimore’s Dunbar Poets, which featured five future NBA stars, twelve Divison I players and went 60-0 between 1981 and 1983. The most notable players were the 5-foot-3 Tyrone ‘Muggsy’ Bogues and the Celtics’ Reggie Lewis, who had shown unlimited potential before an unfortunate early demise.