Top 20 Cities That Produce The Best College Basketball Talents


Chatham, Virginia
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Over the past decade, Chicago has been one of the best cities in the United States when it comes to producing quality college basketball players.

Home to Anthony Davis, Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker, Cliff Alexander and Derrick Rose, the Windy City seems to be churning out top-five talent on an annual basis—but it wasn’t quite enough to reach No. 1 on the list.

If you live in or near any of these cities, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the next big thing in college hoops.

20. Chatham, Virginia

Noteworthy Players: Terry Rozier, Dez Wells, P.J. Hairston, Danjel Purifoy (2015)

Let’s get this party started with the first of a handful of prep schools.

A good number of the cities made the list because of a variety of different schools that produced quality players. Others—like Chatham, Virginia—made the list because of one prep school or academy.

In this case, it’s Hargrave Military Academy.

Located just a few miles north of the North Carolina border in south central Virginia, Chatham is home to a private boarding school and not much else. In 2013, Chatham had a listed population of 1,491. That means the 10 D-I players the Hargrave Military Academy has produced went off to play on campuses nearly 20 times as populated as the city in which they spent their senior year of high school.

Despite being a city you wouldn’t possibly notice on a map unless you’re intentionally looking for it, Chatham residents have seen their fair share of basketball talent in recent years. Hargrave Military Academy churned out three top 100 players in 2006 and another four in 2011, including P.J. Hairston and Dez Wells.