There’s nothing better than watching guys you played with or against as a young’n, excel at the next level. That being said, I’ve really enjoyed this college season in particular because on any given night, somebody from the crib is doing their thing.

It’s no secret Chicago is a hotbed for basketball talent; hell, it’s the first thing I wrote for SLAMonline. Guards from the ‘GO get it in I told you. But it’s more than just Chicago that has hoopers. Granted, we tend generalize and call everyone within an hour or so from the city “from Chicago,” but for the purposes of this article let’s get even more specific; let’s get technical, here…no ‘Sheed, though.

Chicago’s West Suburbs have talent. And if you didn’t know that before this season, then you definitely should by now.

Evan Turner, Demetri McCamey, Jacob Pullen, Iman Shumpert, John Shurna.

Names sound familiar? I know they do if you’ve seen even just a glimpse of college basketball this season. All are leaders of their respective teams, be it statistical, vocal, emotional, or all of the above.

Moreover, they all grew up, were molded and played high school basketball in Chicago’s West Suburbs, an area that includes Oak Park, Bellwood, Maywood, LaGrange and several other surrounding communities just outside of Chicago. Turner and McCamey played at St. Joseph’s High School, while Pullen attended Proviso East. Shumpert is a grad of Oak Park & River Forest H.S. and Shurna is a Glenbard West alum (both schools are in the West Suburban Silver Conference).

Different schools, same area, same result — Ballplayers. All bred along I-290 coast…

Peep the rest over @ SLAMonline.

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