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Throwback Thursday: Remembering Preps Chicago Hoops

    Chicago is prime real estate when it comes to harnessing high school basketball talent. Fifteen years ago, Fox Sports featured the city with a television show called “Preps: Chicago Hoops.” The show featured some of the best high school talent that the city had to offer. It was able to put the spotlight […]

 

 

Chicago is prime real estate when it comes to harnessing high school basketball talent. Fifteen years ago, Fox Sports featured the city with a television show called “Preps: Chicago Hoops.” The show featured some of the best high school talent that the city had to offer. It was able to put the spotlight on well-known hoopers such as Luther Head (NBA), Will “The Thrill” Bynum (NBA), Sean Dockery (Duke), Eddy Curry (NBA) and a host of others.

Back then, Chicago wasn’t too far removed from the Kevin Garnett and Ronnie Fields era at Farragut High School, so it made sense to feature the next crop of great players coming from Chi-Town. This show was honestly ahead of its time. Today, you can type in the most popular high school basketball players’ names into YouTube, and a plethora of highlights will show up. In 2001, though, you had to either see them play in person or just speculate how good the players were until you actually saw them.

With “Preps,” fans had the luxury to see Eddy Curry beast his way from Thornwood High School to the NBA as well as get the opportunity to watch lesser-known players, such as Jason Straight, Kyle Kleckner and LeVar Seals, make a name for themselves.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to relive some of the best moments from the show.

 

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