Congratulations to the Chester High School Clippers of Chester, Pennsylvania who won the PIAA Class AAAA State Championship, Saturday March 26th in overtime. Senior Lamon Church had 14 points and also the game winning basket. Maurice Nelson, brother of Jameer Nelson, a member of the Orlando Magic was part of the winning team.
1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder born in Washington, DC. Durant attended the University of Texas, after freshman year he opted to enter the NBA draft. He was selected 2nd overall by the Seattle Supersonics. He is 22 years old and on July 7, 2010, Durant announced on his Twitter page that he signed a 5-year contract extension with the Thunder. The extension is worth about $86 million.
2. LeBron James, born in Akron, Ohio now plays for the Miami Heat. He began his basketball career by being the number one pick in the NBA 2003 Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He joined the NBA right out of high school. He was also a standout football player at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in Akron. He was on Forbes' 2006 Richest Young Celebrities List, it is reported he earned $22.5 million in 2005. He was the top earner on the list at age 21.
3. Amar’e Stoudermire was born in Lake Wales Florida. He plays for the New York Knicks. He attended six different high schools due to family difficulties. He graduated from Cypress Creek High School in Orlando Florida. He committed to the University of Memphis but never attended. He instead declared himself for the 2002 NBA Draft. He was picked ninth by the Phoenix Suns. On June 30, 2010, Stoudemire opted out of his contract with the Suns, which made him an unrestricted free agent. On July 5, 2010, Stoudemire and the New York Knicks agreed in principle to a contract estimated to be worth around $99.7 million over five years.
4. Dwyane Wade plays for the Miami Heat Wade attended Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn, playing for the school's varsity basketball team. Wade chose to play college basketball for Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During Wade's freshman year at Marquette, he was ineligible to play with the men's team due to a violation of the NCAA's Proposition 48. Wade sought tutoring to improve his writing skills in order to regain eligibility. Wade became eligible to play the following year (2001–2002), Wade's performance during the Midwest Regional Final of the 2003 NCAA Tournament was highly publicized by the national press. Wade's exceptional play helped lead Marquette over the Wildcats 83–69 and into the Final Four; Wade was named MVP of the Midwest Regional. He elected to forgo his senior year at Marquette and enter the 2003 NBA draft. His 2010-2011 salary is $14,000,000. His teammate and #2 highest scorer LeBron James salary for 2010-2011 is $14,500,000. He was making $15,779,912?? Must be union everybody is taking salary cuts.
5. Carmelo Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Maryland around 8 years old. He previously played for the Denver Nuggets as of February 2911 he plays for the New York Knicks. Anthony attended Towson Catholic High School for three years and graduated from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. He played one season for Syracuse. He helped the Orangemen to their first NCAA Tournament Title in 2003. He abandoned his collegiate career and declared himself eligible for the 2003 draft.
6. Kobe Bryant plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was drafted 13th into the NBA in 1996 by the Charlotte Hornets, and then traded to the LA Lakers. He was a standout basketball player at Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania and recognized as the top player in the country. He decided to declare his eligibility for the NBA draft upon high school graduation. Bryant has stated that had he decided to go to college after high school, he would have attended Duke University. Bryant is the NBA’s top paid player. He signed a three year $83.5 million extension with the Lakers in April 2010.
7. Derrick Rose plays for the Chicago Bulls. Rose learned the game of basketball from his three older brothers. In high school, he won two state championships and was rated by scouts as the top point guard prospect in the country after graduation. He played for the University of Memphis Tigers and reached the NCAA national championship game in 2008. Shortly after, Rose declared for the 2008 NBA Draft and was selected first overall by his hometown Chicago Bulls and did not return to college.
8. Monta Ellis plays for the Golden State Warriors. . Ellis entered the 2005 NBA Draft after graduating from Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi, all four of his high school seasons and was named Mississippi's "Mr. Basketball" by the paper in 2005 Drafted by the Warriors in the second round (40th overall) in the 2005 NBA Draft. On July 25, 2008, Ellis signed a six-year, $67 million contract extension with the Warriors, making him the highest paid player on the team.
9. Dirk Nowitzki plays for the Dallas Mavericks. He is a German professional basketball player who plays for the NBA. He was drafted 9th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1998 and immediately traded to the Mavericks where h has played every since. Dirk considered attending many different colleges, including Penn State but, his dreams of college were squashed when he was drafted into the civil service in Germany. Although he was allowed to play pro basketball on the weekends, he continued to serve in the German Military from September 1997 to June 1998. On July 5, 2010, he agreed to remain with Dallas by re-signing to a four-year, $80 million deal.
10. Kevin Martin played for Zanesville High School and was named to the All American team. He then received a full scholarship to Western Carolina University, where he majored in sports management. He ranks fourth all-time on Western Carolina's scoring list with 1,838 points. . Due to his success, he was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 26th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. On August 28, 2007, the Sacramento Kings and Martin agreed to a 5-year, $55 million deal. The way I read this he is the only top 10 scoring player in the NBA to receive a college degree and it is in sports management.
Out of 10
1 out of 10 completed college on a full scholarship.
1 international player completed his civil service first.
4 players joined the NBA straight out of high school
3 players attended one year of college made it to the NCAA Tournament and signed with the NBA.
1 player attended 3 years of college made it to the NCAA Final Four and signed with the NBA.
The NBA Draft is an annual event in which the thirty teams from the National Basketball Association (NBA) can draft players who are eligible and wish to join the league. These players are usually amateur U.S. college basketball players, but international players are also eligible to be drafted. The Draft usually takes place at the end of June, during the NBA off-season. The Draft consists of two rounds with a total of sixty players to be selected.
In the past, high school players were also eligible to be selected. However, starting in the 2006 Draft, high school players were not eligible to enter the draft directly after graduating high school. The rules now state that high school players will gain eligibility for draft selection one year after their high school graduation and they must also be at least 19 years old as of the end of the calendar year of the draft.
Here is a cool website databasebasketball.com that will tell you NBA Players names and the college they attended for the more curious.