Simply put, Chicago basketball is special.
You could search across the globe to find the best basketball talent and you will find diverse and an immense amount of talent all over the world. After that search is complete, you will probably realize that the best come from Chicago, Illinois.
From the legendary King High School, Marcus Liberty and the late great Benjamin “Benji” Wilson from Simeon High School, to the new faces of Jabari Parker (Simeon H.S. alum) and Whitney Young High School’s Jahlil Okafor (heading to Duke for this upcoming season), Chicago basketball is unique, tough-nosed and filled with an array of potential not seen in many other places around the world.
Wednesday begins the Nike/Jordan Brand World Basketball Festival in Chicago. One of the city’s brightest stars, Anthony Davis, expressed his excitement for the city of Chicago hosting such a huge event.
“Hosting the World Basketball Festival is a huge step for Chicago basketball,” said Davis. “Bringing the World Basketball Festival to Chicago will open people’s eyes to all the basketball talent from the city of Chicago.”
Davis is vastly becoming one of the best players in the National Basketball Association and continues to display his incredible repertoire on a nightly basis for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.
After just a single season at the University of Kentucky, Davis nearly swept every major National Player of the Year award. Davis and the Wildcats compiled a 38-2 record and defeated the University of Kansas to win the school’s eighth National Championship in, you guessed it: New Orleans.
“The Brow” is just one of many to come from the Chicagoland area and become a basketball superstar. Let’s take a look at some of the city’s best and brightest stars over the years, starting with a familiar name.