Nerlens Noel, a native of Everett, is projected by many to be the top pick in this month’s NBA draft. He wouldn’t be the first homegrown talent to make the league, and he certainly isn’t the first to make an impact on the local scene. Here is a look at some of his forerunners:
Dana Barros - Boston , Xaverian , BC , Celtics - Averaged over 40 points his senior year with Xaverian and starred at BC, but most well-known as a sharpshooting one-time NBA All-Star.
Terry Driscoll - Winthrop , BC High, BC - MVP of 1969 NIT tournament for BC, where he played for Bob Cousy. School’s all-time leading rebounder.
Jack Foley - Worcester , Assumption, Holy Cross, Celtics - ‘The Shot’ earned his nickname, averaging 41.8 points per game his senior year of high school and a school-record 33.3 his senior year of college.
Lou Tsioropoulos - Lynn, Lynn Classical, Celtics – Backed up Tommy Heinsohn on title winning teams in 1957 and 1959. Sophomore on 1951 Kentucky championship team.
Wayne Turner - Boston , Beaver Country Day, Celtics - His extremely prolific college career (three national title games at guard for Kentucky, two championships) made up for a lackluster pro run.
Other notable locals:
Jeff Adrien - Brookline, Brookline, UConn
Antonio Anderson - Lynn, Lynn Tech
Cedric Ball - Worcester, Worcester South
Travis Best - Springfield, Springfield Central
Bob Bigelow - Boston, Winchester, Celtics
Will Blalock - Boston, East Boston
Michael Bradley - Worcester, Burncoat
Bob Carrington - Brookline, Archbishop Williams, BC
Armand Cure - New Bedford, New Bedford, URI, Providence Steam Rollers
Bill Curley - Boston, Duxbury, BC
Vinny Del Negro - Springfield, Springfield Cathedral, Suffield Academy
Matt Geiger - Salem
Adam Harrington - Bernardston, Pioneer Valley Regional
Chris Herren - Fall River, Durfee, BC, Celtics
Bill Hewitt - Cambridge, Cambridge
Randell Jackson - Boston, Winchendon
Toby Kimball - Framingham, Belmont, UConn, Celtics
Ron Lee - Boston, Lexington
Russ Lee - Boston, Hyde Park
Dwayne McClain - Worcester, Holy Name,
Demetris Nichols - Boston, St. Andrew’s,
Grady O’Malley - Boston, ???
Courtney Sims - Roslindale, Noble & Greenough
Stan Stutz - Worcester, Worcester Classical, URI