Two Kings played high school basketball in Seattle

Published: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 - 12:53 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 - 9:32 pm

Sacramento Kings players Aaron Brooks and Isaiah Thomas have local connections to rumors their team will move to Seattle.

Brooks played high school basketball at Franklin High School in Seattle. Thomas played at the prep and college levels in Tacoma, Wash.

However, if Tyreke Evans, John Salmons or Jason Thompson were to be traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, they would likely be welcomed as hometown heroes.

Three players, including Thomas, transferred high schools during their prep careers. Thomas Robinson played his junior year of high school basketball in the Washington, D.C. area, but transferred to a school in New Hampshire – more than 250 miles from the nearest NBA team – for his senior season.

Sacramento was the nearest NBA city only for Chuck Hayes, who attended Modesto Christian High School.

Several players grew up near arenas that no longer house NBA teams.

The chart below shows where the 14 players on the Kings 2012-2013 roster played high school basketball and the distance to the nearest NBA arena.

Click the player names to see maps of the players' high schools and the location of the nearest NBA arena marked in green.

Player High School Distance to nearest NBA arena Nearest NBA arena
Aaron Brooks
#3 Guard
Franklin High School
Seattle

5 miles
KeyArena at Seattle Center,
Seattle SuperSonics (until 2008)
John Salmons
#5 Guard
Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School
Plymouth Meeting, P.A.

15 miles
Wells Fargo Center,
Philadelphia 76ers
Thomas Robinson
#0 Forward
Riverdale Baptist School
Upper Marlboro, Md.

16 miles
Verizon Center,
Washington Wizards
Thomas Robinson
#0 Forward
Brewster Academy
Wolfeboro, N.H.

273 miles
Madison Square Garden,
New York Knicks
Tyreke Evans
#13 Guard
American Christian Academy
Aston, Pa.

17 miles
Wells Fargo Center,
Philadelphia 76ers
Tyler Honeycutt
#9 Forward
Sylmar High School
Los Angeles

21 miles
Staples Center,
Los Angeles Clippers & Lakers
Jason Thompson
#34 Forward
South Kent School
Medford, N.J.

22 miles
Wells Fargo Center,
Philadelphia 76ers
Isaiah Thomas
#22 Guard
Curtis Senior High School
University Place, Wash.

30 miles
KeyArena at Seattle Center,
Seattle SuperSonics (until 2008)
Isaiah Thomas
#22 Guard
South Kent School
South Kent, Conn.

72 miles
Izod Center,
New Jersey Nets (until 2012)
Chuck Hayes
#42 Center
Modesto Christian High School
Modesto, Calif.

70 miles
Sleep Train Arena,
Sacramento Kings
Marcus Thornton
#23 Guard
Tara High School
Baton Rouge, La.

75 miles
New Orleans Arena,
New Orleans Hornets
Francisco Garcia
#32 Guard
Cheshire Academy
Conn.

92 miles
Madison Square Garden,
New York Knicks
Francisco Garcia
#32 Guard
Winchendon School
Mass.

188 miles
Madison Square Garden,
New York Knicks
James Johnson
#52 Forward
Cheynenne East High School
Wyo.

97 miles
Pepsi Center,
Denver Nuggets
Travis Outlaw
#25 Forward
Starkville High School
Miss.

144 miles
FedExForum,
Memphis Grizzlies
DeMarcus Cousins
#15 Center
LeFlore High School
Mobile, Ala.

146 miles
New Orleans Arena,
New Orleans Hornets
Jimmer Fredette
#7 Guard
Glen Falls High School
Glen Falls, N.Y.

174 miles
Izod Center,
New Jersey Nets (until 2010)

Source: Kings.com

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