With the release of Basketball County: In the Water, the rest of the basketball world realized what the DMV area already knew: A ton of talent comes out of Prince George's County, Maryland.
Kevin Durant, Victor Oladipo, Len Bias, Walt Williams Markelle Fultz and Quinn Cook are just a few of a monstrous list of PG County natives to make it to the NBA.
There really isn't another basketball hotbed like PG County in the United States, and yes we're looking at you New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Cook, who spent three years at DeMatha before he went on to play at Duke and then win an NBA title with the Warriors, told Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes what makes PG County a different class of basketball factory.
"You gotta think of how big LA is and New York has all different boroughs," Cook said on All The Smoke podcast. "What makes [PG County] unique is that all of us are 10 minutes away from each other, we go to the same church, go to the same barbers. Everything is just so close."
This sentiment echoes what Oladipo told The Undefeated's Marc Spears.
“Let’s be real,” Oladipo said. “If we really wanted to, just from our county we could have a starting five that’s in the NBA. A lot of states could do that. But counties? I don’t think a lot can say that. That’s what is different.”
The benefit of having a concentrated pool of talent is every player who grows up in PG County is challenged by legitimate competition growing up. They play the best players possible when they're 10 and when they're 18, so it sharpens their skills and overall feel for the game in a way few are able to experience.
"All of us can kind of dribble, all of us can shoot a little bit, and everybody has that toughness," Cook said.
What Cook forgot to mention is what's in the water over there.
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