It’s no secret the Chicagoland area has produces some of the best basketball talent in the NBA. Players like Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, and Anthony Davis have represented the best Chicago has to offer for basketball. However, not every Chicago-based basketball player was a coveted recruit out of high school.
Richaun Holmes’ path to the NBA wasn’t easy. A lightly recruited player out of Lockport (IL) Township High School, Holmes attended Moraine Valley from 2011-2012 before transferring to Bowling Green University from the Mid-American Conference (MAC). To get to that point is an achievement, but to be named Third-team All-MAC his first year on campus and named the best defensive player in the conference the next year is a special achievement for anyone, let alone someone coming from the junior college circuit.
Drafted in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft by 76ers, Holmes is the first Moraine Valley player to be drafted in the NBA. With myriad injuries affecting the Philadelphia 76ers this season, Holmes has had an opportunity to shine on a rebuilding club. As of this writing Holmes is averaging over 17 minutes per game while contributing 7.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and .7 assists per game.
Tommy Demogerontas will be attending Northern Illinois University in the fall, coincidentally the same conference as Bowling Green. While Demogerontas certainly has the ability to reach Holmes’ level, it’s clear there’s a long road ahead of him before he can think about the NBA.