Top 20 High Schools That Have Produced The Most NBA Players
NBA players are among the world's highest-earning celebs, and the grassroots of basketball mainly come from high schools. While some schools are lucky to have a single player make it to the NBA, such as Michael Jordan from Laney High School, some have produced multiple NBA players. Look at these 'basketball powerhouse' schools that have produced the most NBA players, and check to see whether your school made the cut.
1. Oak Hill Academy - 29 Players
Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia is nationally known as the best place to prepare a young player for the NBA. The school has won the national high school championship 9 times and has sent 29 players to the NBA, including Billy Preston, Carmelo Anthony, and Steve Blake.
2. DeWitt Clinton High School - 18 Players
Located in the Bronx, New York City, DeWitt Clinton could have placed nearly all of its graduates into the NBA before the ABA-NBA merger in 1976. Today, despite a large drop-off of success stories, the school has still produced 18 NBA players, including Hall of Famers Dolph Schayes and Tiny Archibald.
3. Dematha Catholic High School - 18 Players
Dematha has been named the No. 2 high school athletic program in the US twice. Located outside of Washington, D.C., the school attracts students throughout the DMV area. DeMatha's alum can be seen in 48 out of the last 50 NBA seasons. This includes a Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley, a recent No. 1 overall draft pick Markelle Fultz, and a current All-Star Victor Oladipo.
4. Brewster Academy - 14 Players
Of the 28 players who made it to the NBA from a New Hampshire high school, 14 came from Brewster Academy, including Joel Brown and Donovan Mitchell. The boarding school is one of the most expensive ones in the state, with tuition costing over $60,000. One of its biggest draws is the world-class facilities, including a 50,000-square-foot athletics center.
5. Hargrave Military Academy - 14 Players
Located in Chatham, Virginia, this private boarding school is known for producing world-class athletes in a number of sports. Hargrave is also among the schools in the top NFL players produced list. The school's basketball program allows for post-graduates, and all of its NBA players actually come from the post-graduate program, such as the likes of David West and Josh Howard.
6. Laurinburg Institute - 13 Players
Laurinburg Institute in Laurinburg, N.C. offers only one sport - Basketball, so all of their athletic resources are devoted to the hoops program. In 2015, they defeated Hargrave and won a national title. The school's 13 alums in the NBA feature the likes of ten-time NBA champion Sam Jones and five-time All-Star Charlie Scott.
7. Henderson International School - 12 Players
The school in Henderson, Nev. operates a basketball program called Findlay Prep, and the 12 basketball players on the team make up its entire enrollment. They barnstorm the country to play a national schedule, and the NCAA labeled them as "non-scholastic." Nine players from Findlay are currently in the NBA, including Tristan Thompson and Avery Bradley.
8. Overbrook High School - 12 Players
The legendary Wilt Chamberlain started at Overbrook High School, where the Stilt won two city championships and set Pennsylvania's all-time high school scoring record, before he attracted the attention of the NBA. The other 11 NBA players to attend Overbrook include All-Star Walt Hazzard.
9. Proviso East High School - 12 Players
Only New York City has produced more NBA players than Chicago, and Proviso East is located just outside the Windy City. In the 1970s, the school saw many notable athletes, especially the Proviso East Pirate, Doc Rivers. He coached a two-time NBA All-Star alum, Michael Finley, who brought Proviso East a state championship in 1991.
10. Thomas Jefferson High School - 10 Players
Jefferson High in Brooklyn was once a preeminent school for successful figures in all sectors of life. They produced heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, Golden Globe winner Jimmy Smits, and Goldman Sachs chairman Lloyd Blankfein. The NBA players from Jefferson include Max Zaslofsky and Shamorie Ponds. Sadly, the school was closed in 2007 after running for 85 years.
11. Dunbar High School - 9 Players
Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Md. is the only high school that had four future NBA players on the team at the same time, including the likes of Reggie Lewis and Muggsy Bogues. In the 80s, the Dunbar Poets went undefeated, winning two state championships and one national championship. The school went on to produce quality NBA players such as Sam Cassell.
12. Maine Central Institute - 9 Players
High schools in Maine have produced totally nine NBA players, and they all came from Maine Central Institute. MCI allows post-graduates to improve their grades before college. All-Stars like Caron Butler and Brad Miller went that route before they took their talents to college and then to the NBA.
13. Pershing High School - 9 Players
Pershing in Detroit may have the best collection of former players of anyone on this list. Hall of Famers Spencer Haywood and Mel Daniels have walked the halls, and they were also MVPs in the ABA. All-Star players Kevin Willis and Steve Smith were once Pershing Doughboys, and they went on to win an NBA championship together.
14. St. Benedict's Prep - 9 Players
While New Jersey is a hotbed for football prospects, St. Benedict's simply doesn't offer the sport. As a result, many of the school's students gravitate toward basketball, including the likes of J.R. Smith. Apart from Newark, the school also welcomes students from other countries, such as Samardo Samuels from Jamaica and Tyler Ennis from Canada.
15. Mount Vernon High School - 9 Players
Known as the home of basketball, New York state has an astounding 14 different high schools that have sent over five players to the NBA. Outside of New York City, Mount Vernon has attracted top talents such as Isaiah Cousins and Denzel Washington. Four of the nine NBA players it has produced played at least 10 seasons, including Ben Gordon and the Williams brothers.
16. Mater Dei High School - 9 Players
The school in Santa Ana, Calif. is a family-oriented school and has several family centers on campus. The familial approach can also be seen in the NBA players from the school, such as D.J. Strawberry (son of Darryl), Jamal Sampson (cousin of Ralph), and LeRon Ellis (son of Leroy). Stanley Johnson is the school's only player currently in the NBA.
17. Roman Catholic High School - 8 Players
Along with New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, Philadelphia is one of the four cities that have produced more than 100 NBA players. Most of the players from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia have been recent, and six of their eight alums have played in the NBA since 2000. Their most famous NBA alums include Rasual Butler and Mikeal Jones.
18. St. Anthony High School - 8 Players
There are only four high school coaches in the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame, and Bob Hurley from St. Anthony is one of them. The school won 28 state championships in total, which is the most in the country. Kyle Anderson is the lone active NBA player from the school, and unfortunately there won't be any more on the way because St. Anthony was shut down in 2017.
19. Mcclymonds High School - 8 Players
McClymonds in Oakland, Calif. is home to 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. The two became the first black head coaches/managers in their respective sports. Other notable graduates of McClymonds include former NBA All-Stars Paul Silas, Antonio Davis, and Stanley Burrell, aka MC Hammer.
20. Male High School - 8 Players
Founded in 1856 in Louisville, Ky., Male is one of the three schools among the top 20 in NFL players produced. The most famous NBA alum of Male is Darrell Griffith, who was awarded the Rookie of the Year in 1980-81 and had one of the best nicknames in sports, "Dr. Dunkenstein." In recent years, however, the pipeline from Male to the NBA has dried up.