As I was trying to decide what to write for The Sports Fan Journal to usher in the 2012-13 NBA season, I couldn’t help but harken back to a piece I wrote over at my original home base entitled “You Ugly as Shit, Donte.”
The post is about the documentary “Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot,” chronicling a few of the high school players chosen for the inaugural Elite 24 game in New York’s historic Rucker Park. The reason it stuck out in my mind this year is because it was produced by Adam Yauch, best known as MCA from the Beastie Boys, who passed away earlier this year from cancer. Being an avid basketball and Beastie Boys fan — hell, my pen name comes from my favorite Beastie Boys song — I figured I’d take a look back at the players profiled in “Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot” and the ones who didn’t get much airtime but participated in the game.
Remarkably, 14 of the 24 players from that game in 2006 are in the NBA, a few of them household names. So let’s take a look at these players that were “Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot” back in high school to see where they stack up in the NBA.