Pryor was once a big-time hoops star
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.