The 2022 NBA Draft will happen Thursday night time and it may carry southwest Missouri a little bit of historical past.
In accordance with Basketball-Reference, solely 4 gamers who attended highschool in southwest Missouri have gone on to play within the NBA. An extra participant was born in our protection space however performed highschool basketball in California.
Not one of the gamers who attended highschool within the space have been drafted.
However Thursday may change that with the potential of Greenwood’s Amino Mohammed being chosen after one season at Georgetown. The draft begins at 7 pm on ESPN.
Listed below are the gamers from the area who’ve appeared within the NBA:
Anthony Tolliver, Kickapoo
Probably the most recognizable names in southwest Missouri sports activities historical past, Tolliver has loved a prolonged NBA profession since first becoming a member of the league in 2008-09.
The Kickapoo grad has performed for 11 groups over his profession. He averaged 19.4 minutes in his 730 appearances with 105 whole begins. He is not formally retired, however he final performed in 2020-21 in 11 video games with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Tolliver went undrafted out of Creighton in 2007 and earned the profession he had. It started with the Iowa Power within the NBA D-League (now G League) earlier than a stint in Germany and one other D-League look. In 2009, he obtained an opportunity with the Portland Trailblazers after which later earned his means on with the Golden State Warriors.
With the Warriors, Tolliver confirmed he belonged whereas averaging 12.3 factors and seven.3 rebounds per recreation. He made 29 begins and had 4 video games by which he scored 25 or extra.
The journeyman has been a dependable position participant and veteran presence for groups throughout the league. He is performed in Atlanta, Minnesota, Detroit, Charlotte, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Memphis and Philadelphia. He is appeared in 14 postseason video games.
Tolliver, in fact, performed on maybe the best highschool basketball workforce in southwest Missouri’s historical past. He was certainly one of 4 gamers on his Kickapoo workforce that performed Division I basketball. His senior yr in 2002-03 was ranked twelfth by USA At present on the season’s finish whereas additionally successful a state championship.
Juwan Morgan, Waynesville
The Waynesville grad was lately on the roster for the Japanese Convention champion Boston Celtics as he wrapped up his third yr within the league.
Morgan, an undrafted free agent in 2019, earned his means into the league with stops at Utah, Toronto and Boston.
Utah gave him his first probability with 50 appearances throughout his first two years within the league. He averaged 5.6 minutes, 1.4 factors and 1.1 rebounds.
Morgan began the 2021-22 season with Toronto on a 10-day contract and made one look with 27 minutes performed towards the Cavaliers. He scored 5 factors and grabbed 4 rebounds.
After his contract with the Raptors expired, he signed a 10-day contract with the Celtics. As soon as it was over, the Celtics signed him for the rest of the season.
Out of highschool, Morgan was the No. 89 participant in keeping with the 247 Sports activities Composite. He was a Mr. Basketball finalist and picked up convention participant of the yr honors as a senior whereas averaging 18 factors, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Mason Jones, Hyperlink Yr Prep
The newest participant to enter the league from the realm is Jones, who performed some highschool ball at Hyperlink Yr Prep in Branson.
Jones grew up in DeSoto, Texas, and did not begin taking part in basketball till his senior yr of highschool at Triple A Academy in Dallas earlier than attending Hyperlink Yr Prep for a season. He then signed to play at Connors State School earlier than transferring to Arkansas.
Jones went undrafted in 2020 and signed a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets. He was later waived earlier than signing a 10-day contract with the Rockets. In whole, he performed 26 video games with Houston and made one begin through the 2020-21 season. He averaged 5.8 factors, two rebounds and 1.5 assists.
After his 10-day contract was up, he signed a two-way cope with the 76ers and appeared in six video games.
In 2021-22, he signed a two-way cope with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was named an All-NBA G League First Teamer this previous season.
Steven Hill, Branson
The previous Branson standout loved a quick NBA profession that included two minutes of recreation time in a single recreation. Hill made certainly one of his two baskets and grabbed three rebounds with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder in 2008.
The 7-footer was undrafted out of Arkansas in 2008. With the Razorbacks, he shined and earned SEC Defensive Participant of the Yr accolades as a junior.
Hill signed with the Blazers initially earlier than signing with the Thunder. He was assigned to the THunder’s D-League affiliate. He additionally made summer time league and coaching camp appearances with the Timberwolves and Kings.
At Branson, Hill was a two-time all-state choice in 2003 and 2004. His 616 blocked photographs nonetheless rank second in state historical past.
Jay Carty, Born in West Plains
Born in West Plains, Carty performed his highschool ball on the west coast with Sherman E. Burroughs in Ridgecrest, California. He then performed with Oregon State and was a sixth-round choose by the St. Louis Hawks within the 1962 NBA Draft
He did not make an NBA look till 1968-69 when he performed in 28 video games with the Los Angeles Lakers as a 27-year-old. He performed alongside Jerry West and Elgin Baylor.
Carty averaged 2.7 factors and a pair of.1 rebounds in a mean of 6.9 minutes per look.
Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield Information-Chief. You possibly can contact him at 417-371-6987, by electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter at @WyattWheeler_NL. He is additionally the co-host of Sports activities Discuss on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 pm