Southern California produces more NBA talent than any region
There is a reason why basketball is the favorite sport of Southern California and the NBA is living proof that more players from this region make it to the league than any other.
While former Inglewood High star, Paul Pierce is playing in his final seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, former Artesia High standout, James Harden has emerged as one of the top five players in the league with Houston.
Redondo Union’s Reggie Morris has coached two players in the league, superstar Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma Thunder and Portland’s Dorell Wright when both were at Leuzinger.
Tayshun Prince of Memphis and Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks represent Compton Dominguez High and namely former coach Russell Otis. Both Prince and Chandler have won NBA titles with the Pistons and Mavericks, respectively.
Dominguez could actually claim Jordan Hamilton of the Denver Nuggets, although he was ineligible for his senior season, he played for the Dons as a junior after leaving Dorsey. His final high school game was the Collision All-Star game where he scored 39 points in the only prep contest that season.
Pistons acquisition Brandon Jennings played his first two years at Dominguez before going to Oak Hill Academy.
Fairfax and coach Harvey Kitani is represented by Pacers first round draft pick Solomon Hill, a Collision All-Star.
Orlando Magic starting wing Aaron Afflalo represents Compton centennial and former coach Rod Palmer who is an assistant with Long Beach State University.
Andre Miller represented Verbum Dei of Watts while doing his thing with the Denver Nuggets.
Allan Crabbe of the Portland Trail Blazers represents Price coach Michael Lynch.
Crabbe is joined in the NBA by Collision All-Stars Tony Snell of the Chicago Bulls first round pick Derrick Williams (La Mirada High) of the Minnesota T-Wolves.
Compton High and coach Tony Thompson is represented by Toronto star DeMar DeRozan.
Washington’s Trevor Ariza and Toronto’s Amir Johnson represent Westchester’s Ed Azzam.
Emerging young stars such as Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs played his high school ball at Martin Luther King of Riverside and was teammate with Snell of the Chicago Bulls.
Former Lakers draft pick Darius Morris starred in high school at Windward, Toronto’s Landry Fields was a star at Los Alamitos, Warriors sharp shooter Klay Thompson the son of former Lakers great Mychal Thompson prepped at Rancho Santa Margarita.
Former UCLA standouts, Jrue Holiday and Malcolm Lee were prep stars at Campbell Hall of North Hollywood and J.W. North of Riverside, respectively.
Memphis rookie, Jamal Franklin is from Hawthorne, Austin Daye of the Raptors is the son of former Celtic and Kennedy High star, Darren Daye went to Irvine Woodbridge and played in the Collision All-Star game.