Pryor was once a big-time hoops star

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS - BY DAN STEIN­BERG dan.stein­berg@wash­post.com Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­post.com/dc­sports­bog

New­est Washington Red­skins wide­out Ter­relle Pryor’s switch from quar­ter­back to re­ceiver is com­mon knowledge. His de­ci­sion to choose foot­ball over bas­ket­ball is per­haps less well known.

(Or maybe I just didn’t know about it. Or maybe I just for­got. Eight years is a long time.)

If you, too, had for­got­ten that the 6-foot-4 Pryor was a se­ri­ous high school bas­ket­ball star, he was there to re­mind you about it dur­ing a Wed­nes­day ap­pear­ance on “The Dan Pa­trick Show.” Pryor told Pa­trick that he had about 110 schol­ar­ship of­fers to play col­lege bas­ket­ball, al­though he still sounded dis­ap­pointed that he didn’t get an of­fer from Duke. And prep scout­ing ser­vices, he said, often ranked him in the top 30 or so in the Class of 2008.

“I was above Klay Thomp­son, and like two spots be­hind a few other guys that are in the [NBA] still to this day,” Pryor said. “So I could play a lit­tle bit.” Fact check: zero Pinoc­chios. In ESPN’s top 100 rank­ings for the Class of 2008, Pryor shows up at No. 39. That’s one spot be­hind Iman Shumpert, who is still in the NBA, and three spots be­hind Dray­mond Green, who is also still in the NBA. (He was two spots be­hind Rashanti Har­ris, who failed to qual­ify for col­lege aca­dem­i­cally and played pro­fes­sion­ally over­seas.)

On the other hand, Pryor was ranked No. 64 by Scout, which was be­hind Thomp­son (45) and Shumpert (18) but ahead of Green (86).

If you also for­got some of the grit­tier de­tails, Pryor was named to the As­so­ci­ated Press boys’ bas­ket­ball all-state team in Penn­syl­va­nia af­ter lead­ing Jean­nette High to the Class AA state ti­tle. He was a four-year starter for a team that went 98-18. He scored over 2,000 points and grabbed more than 1,000 re­bounds. He had 39 points, 24 re­bounds and 10 blocks in a re­gional cham­pi­onship game. He went for 24 points, eight re­bounds and five blocks in the state ti­tle game. He was the Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette’s male ath­lete of the year twice (LaVar Ar­ring­ton only won it once), the Pitts­burgh Tri­bune-Re­view’s male ath­lete of the year three times and was named the na­tional male ath­lete of the year by Sports Il­lus­trated and Max Preps.

“Pryor joined — and per­haps passed — such Western Penn­syl­va­nia leg­ends as Tony Dorsett, Joe Na­math, Dan Marino, Joe Mon­tana and Tom Cle­ments,” Max Preps wrote at the time.

“One of the great­est two-sport ath­letes in the his­tory of Penn­syl­va­nia,” the Post-Gazette’s Mike White wrote.

So no dis­re­spect to Thomp­son if he didn’t mea­sure up.

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