BROOKLYN, N.Y. (BVM) – The Orlando Magic have the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft and with that comes their choice of the top-three prospects in this year’s draft: Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero and Jabari Smith Jr. What makes this decision even more interesting is the Magic have the chance to reunite two former high school teammates. Orlando’s Jalen Suggs, the fifth pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, played with Holmgren at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. The pair were top recruits in their respective classes and led the Redhawks to multiple state titles. If the Magic do select Holmgren, they will join a short list of NBA teammates who were also high school teammates.
This one counts but barely. Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith have been close friends for a long time and played together at the prestigious Oak Hill Academy. In 2004, their Oak Hill team went undefeated with a 38-0 record. They then went on to have impressive NBA careers. Smith hasn’t played in the NBA since 2018 but Rondo is still playing, most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The two close friends did get a chance to be on the same team at the same time but unfortunately, they never got to play together. Smith signed with the New Orleans Pelicans in October of 2017 but it was in part due to injuries to Rondo as well as other Pelicans. Smith played three games for the Pelicans while Rondo finished the season with the Pelicans.
Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith were a BOUNCY duo at Oak Hill in 2004! Rondo one of the nation’s best passers, Smith one of the nation’s best dunkers! 💪 pic.twitter.com/svtyU6KybV
— NBA Buzz (@OfficialNBABuzz) July 16, 2020
Considered Garfield High School’s best player ever, Brandon Roy dominated high school basketball in Washington. Roy did have plenty of help in the form of Will Conroy. The pair of guards then continued their careers at the University of Washington before heading to the NBA. Conroy spent nine years in and out of the NBA, spending time overseas, but he did get to finish his career in the NBA. In 2012, he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves and joined his former teammate who had joined the Timberwolves during the offseason as part of his comeback. The pairing was short lived, however, because Conroy only played four games for the Timberwolves before being waived but he did stay with Minnesota that year as a scout.
11. Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris, APEX Academy, Phoenix Suns
The twin brothers from Philadelphia were highly touted recruits from APEX Academy. At the time APEX was a new type of school but the brothers thrived. The Morris’ chose to stay together and attend college at Kansas where they made some deep runs into March Madness. They then went back-to-back in the 2011 NBA Draft with Markieff going 13th to the Phoenix Suns and Marcus going 14th to the Houston Rockets. Markief was then joined by his brother in Phoenix for two years from 2013-2015. Both brothers are still in the league and playing well but have wanted to get back on the same team.
9/29/14 – Citing “synergy,” the Phoenix #Suns re-signed 25-yr-old twin brothers Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris to contract extensions for a combined $52 million over four years. On the same day, Phoenix signed guard Goran Dragic’s brother Zoran to a 1yr deal. #WeAreTheValley pic.twitter.com/C2BiiQquRk
— Arizona Sports History (@AZSportsHistory) September 29, 2021
Prior to being teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017, Victor Oladipo and Jerami Grant were teammates at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. Oladipo was a senior when Grant was a sophomore on a varsity squad that went 32-4 and won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. When the two met up in OKC, they were a part of a 47-35 Thunder team that was sixth in the Western Conference but lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Since then, Grant has played for the Denver Nuggets and currently with the Detroit Pistons. Oladipo played for the Indiana Pacers for four seasons then with Houston briefly before overcoming injuries and playing with the Miami Heat.
Another Jerami Grant fact.
He was a high school friend and teammate of Victor Oladipo. (DeMatha HS in Md) pic.twitter.com/eOVvACdLd1
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) November 2, 2016
Considered by many as the greatest high school basketball team ever, the Dunbar Poets went undefeated over a two–year span going 59-0 from 1981 to 1983. The Poets featured four future NBA players in David Wingate, Muggsy Bogues, Reggie Williams and Reggie Lewis. All of them had successful NBA careers but Wingate and Bogues’ careers intersected in Charlotte for three seasons. From 1992 to 1995, Wingate and Bogues helped the Hornets make it to the playoffs twice, including a first round victory over the Boston Celtics and former Dunbar teammate Reggie Lewis in 1993. Bogues would stay with Charlotte until 1997 but Wingate would head to Seattle after 1995.
— 30 for 30 (@30for30) August 7, 2017
Prior to playing with Bogues in Charlotte, Wingate played with another member of the infamous Dunbar Poets team. He and Reggie Williams spent 1989-91 in San Antonio playing for the Spurs. Both years, the Spurs made it to the NBA playoffs, making it to the Western Conference semifinals in 1990 and losing in the first round to Golden State in 1991. Wingate would then spend a year with the Washington Bullets before joining Bogues in Charlotte while Williams headed to Denver.
Adrian Dantley and Kenny Carr were two of the original basketball stars that helped to create the reputation around DeMatha basketball. The two played together for the Stags until Dantley graduated and went on to play for Notre Dame. Carr played one more season for DeMatha and then played collegiately at NC State. Before they became NBA teammates, they were teammates on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team that won Gold in Montreal. Then in 1977, Carr was drafted by the Lakers with the sixth pick in the NBA draft. Dantley joined him on the Lakers halfway through the 1977-78 season after being traded by the Indiana Pacers. The two played together on the Lakers until Dantley left for the Utah Jazz after the 1978-79 season.
The 1976 US Olympic Hoops Team won Gold in Montreal. Dean Smith was the head coach, John Thompson, an assistant. The squad featured Adrian Dantley ‘73 and Kenny Carr ‘74. pic.twitter.com/VOI1qa3MTX
— DeMatha Catholic High School (@DeMathaCatholic) September 1, 2020
The twin towers from Fresno have been able to play together at each level of their basketball careers. First as teammates at San Joaquin Memorial High School where the brothers built a name for themselves as twin 7-foot brothers. They then went to Stanford University together and played two seasons for the Cardinals before entering the 2008 NBA Draft. Brook played for the Brooklyn Nets then the LA Lakers before joining the Milwaukee Bucks. A year later, Robin joined the Bucks on a one-year deal and the brothers got to play together for the first time since their Stanford days. The Lopez twins helped Milwaukee to a 56-17 record but the team fell short in the NBA playoffs, losing to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2019-2020 season. Brook is still with the Bucks while Robin just finished a season with the Magic.
“It’s a dream come true to have them both on the same team!”@ZoraStephenson sits down with Deborah Ledford, the mother of twin brothers Brook and Robin Lopez! @Bucks | #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/wTBVkl801k
— Bally Sports Wisconsin (@BallySportWI) October 29, 2019
On the San Joaquin Memorial High School basketball team with Brook and Robin Lopez was another future NBA player: Quincy Pondexter. Pondexter graduated in the same class as the Lopez twins and then played college basketball at the University of Washington. Pondexter was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2010 NBA Draft and then traded to New Orleans. In 2017, Pondexter was traded to the Bulls and joined former teammate Robin Lopez for the rest of the 2017-18 season.
We're proud to announce that we will retire three jerseys these year belonging to three fantastic athletes: Quincy Pondexter '06, Brook Lopez '06, and Robin Lopez '06. #pantherpride pic.twitter.com/ekCadUkhmP
— San Joaquin Memorial High School (@sjmhs) September 3, 2021
Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway and Elliot Perry played together for Treadwell High School prior to Perry heading off to Memphis State, now University of Memphis. Hardaway would follow in his footsteps and also attend Memphis State after becoming one of the best high school basketball players in the country. Hardway had a successful career with the Magic before heading to Phoenix to play with the Suns. After a year in Phoenix, Hardaway was joined by Perry for the 2000-01 season. That year, the Suns went 51-31 and made it to the playoffs but lost in the first round to the Sacramento Kings.
— Elliot Perry (@elliotlperry) March 30, 2018
3. Bobby Hurley and Terry Dehere, St. Anthony High School, Sacramento Kings
A part of a 1988-89 St. Anthony’s High School team that went undefeated and was ranked No. 1 in the nation, Bobby Hurley and Terry Dehere were a force in the backcourt for St. Anthony’s. Coached by legendary coach Bob Hurley Sr., the St. Anthony’s squad was impressive before the 1989 season, but that season was special. Hurley went on to have a historic career at Duke and Dehere did the same at Seton Hall. Both were drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft but after four seasons with the Clippers, Dehere found himself in Sacramento with Hurley. The two played one season with the Kings together in the 1997-98 season.
That St. Anthony team had Bobby Hurley, Terry Dehere, Jerry Walker and Rodrick Rhodes. Finished tops in the country.
— Raphielle Johnson (@raphiellej) July 5, 2015
Trevor Ariza, Bobby Brown, Hassan Adams and Brandon Heath all played together on a Westchester High School team that was one of the best in the nation. Led by Ariza, they even played against LeBron James and St. Vincent–St. Mary. The team won a state championship together then all four players went on to have professional careers. Brown played overseas for a while then joined the Houston Rockets for one more stint in the NBA from 2016-2018. While in Houston, he got to team up with Ariza for those two years along with James Harden and Chris Paul.
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) July 26, 2017
Playing for the iconic Camden High School, Billy Thompson and Milt Wagner were a part of a nationally recognized team that also won a state championship in 1979. The two doubled down on their high school success and went to Louisville together where they won a national championship in 1986. Thompson was selected by LA in the first round of the 1986 NBA Draft while Wagner went in the second, but he ended up playing for the Rockford Lighting and La Crosse Catbirds. Wagner joined Thompson in LA for the 1987-88 season where the two made history becoming one of the few players to ever win a state championship, NCAA championship and an NBA championship when the Lakers won the title in 1988.