Why Has NYC Fallen from Basketball’s Pedestal?
Once upon a time, New York City was the unchallenged Mecca of prep basketball. The best kids played there, the best colleges recruited there, and the NBA All-Stars came from there. But today, the talent pool in the city is weaker than ever, and not a single New Yorker was taken in the first round of June’s NBA draft. Locals blame a host of factors, including skateboarding, video games, sub-par facilities and a lack of hometown pride, while the weather and weightlifting culture in southern states also hurts NYC’s chances.