Some of the NBA’s best players of all time studied and honed their basketball skills in California. The following are arguably the top college graduates from the Golden State who have gone on to find success in the pro league. Kawhi Leonard Born in Los Angeles, Kawhi played his high school basketball at Canyon Springs […]
Eleven from CA on NBA 75th Team
The highlight of the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend two weeks ago was the celebration of the all-time best players throughout the 75 years of the league. The NBA named and honored the players, but they weren’t ranked in any particular order. There were 11 from California high schools who were presented. Here’s our ranking of […]
More All-Time NBA Greats Updates
There is a section of categories in our state record book listing former California high school players who’ve gone on to win major honors in the NBA.
All-Time NBA Finals Alums
This is our list of every player from a California high school who has been on a roster for a team that has been in the NBA Finals championship series. Go through the names for what also is a trip through NBA Finals history. FOR A CLOSER LOOK AT THE NBA FINALS ALUMS FOR 2023,...
All-Time All-Section/All-County Teams (Boys Basketball Part 4)
This is the final installment of a series checking out the all-time best players from California’s CIF sections plus select counties and regions in boys basketball. We’re ending with the CIF North Coast Section, CIF San Francisco Section and the Inland Empire area of the CIF Southern Section. All three teams feature at least one...
State’s Alums In NBA Playoffs
Including the two teams involved in the play-in for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, there are three schools in the state with two alums in this year’s NBA playoffs. Two of those three schools, of course, represent brothers from the Lopez and Holiday families. The other is Leuzinger of Lawndale. There are […]
Boys BB: CA’s All-Time Best Honor Roll
In addition to state records in various sports, we have also maintained alumni lists of those from California high schools who’ve collected major awards and honors for college and the pros. For boys basketball, we have Hall of Fame members, U.S. Olympic Team members, first and second team All-NBA players, college players of the year […]
Clash of Californians in NBA
Many think it’ll be the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers playing each other in this year’s NBA Western Conference finals. But for a real clash of Californians, the Clippers meeting the Houston Rockets is more correct. Both of the leading two players for the Clippers and Rockets are from Southern California high schools […]
State’s Top 25 NBA Player Rankings
After conclusion of the 2019 NBA playoffs, we present our picks of the top 25 players from California high schools. This list had to be revised quite a bit from the first time we did it after Kahwi Leonard of M.L. King (Riverside) led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title. Kahwi of course also […]
Kawhi’s Mr. Basketball writeup (2009)
Here’s a look at the article we did in 2009 when we chose Riverside M.L. King’s Kawhi Leonard as the Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year. It might seem today as if it was an easy choice at the time. It wasn’t. Leonard was not a McDonald’s All-American and he was lower […]