A total of 26 high school players from Colorado developed into NBA draft picks since 1952, according to CHSAA. But not all were highly recruited going into college. Here is a breakdown of the top-five most decorated recruits — and the top-five hidden gems — in modern Colorado prep history. Recruiting information compiled from 247Sports.com.
PG Chauncey Billups — George Washington, 1995
McDonald’s High School All-American. … Turned down scholarship offers from Big East and ACC schools to play at CU. … A first-team All-American as a sophomore. … Selected No. 3 overall in the NBA Draft. … NBA Champion and Finals MVP with the Pistons.
PF De’Ron Davis — Overland, 2016
Four-star prospect (No. 40 national recruit). … Signed with Indiana over scholarship offers from Arizona, CU, Texas and many others. … Made 23 career starts with 590 points and 287 rebounds over four seasons. … Signed a professional basketball contract to play in Ireland.
SF Ronnie Harrell — Denver East, 2014
Four-star prospect (No. 84 national recruit). … Picked Creighton over scholarship offers from Arizona State, Kansas State, Washington and others. … Transferred to DU for his senior season. … Averaged a career-high 12.9 points with the Pioneers.
PG Reggie Jackson — Palmer HS, 2008
Four-star prospect (No. 89 national recruit). … Chose Boston College over scholarship offers from Nevada, Wyoming and others. … Earned All-ACC honors as a junior. … Selected No. 24 overall in…