There are some familiar names out there in the basketball world. If you take a quick glance across the NCAA, you might see a few surnames that you recognize from years past. That's because there is a bevvy of former Sonics players who have kids that are making their own name in the sport. Let's take a look and see who we can find.
|Gary Payton II||Gary Payton||Oregon State University (junior)||6'3"||175 lbs||12.5||8.7||3.0||3.1||1.1|
|Shawn Kemp Jr.||Shawn Kemp||University of Washington (senior)||6'9"||250 lbs||10.3||4.2||0.3||0.3||0.8|
|Corey Hawkins||Hersey Hawkins||University of California Davis (senior)||6'3"||195 lbs||20.3||4.9||3.6||1.8||0.3|
Oregon State's Gary Payton II is clearly the top name on this list, and we examined if he was NBA-ready in a previous article. Kemp's numbers are up from last season, when his year was cut short due to a diagnosis with Graves Disease, but it's doubtful he gets any looks this June. Neither, most likely, will Hawkins, despite scoring over 20 points a game. Draft Express lists him as the 73rd best senior in the country
Who's Got Next?
There are a few players who haven't cracked into the NCAA yet but are on their way up. Let's see who we have coming out of high school in the next few years.
|M.J. Cage||Michael Cage||Mater Dei High School (class of '16)||6'10"||220 lbs||14.9||10.6||1.2||1.3||3.6|
|Xavier McDaniel||Xavier McDaniel||Hammond High School (class of '15)||6'5"||180 lbs||12.4||5.9||1.9||2.0||1.2|
|Julian Payton||Gary Payton||Bishop Gorman High School (class of '16)||5'8"||145 lbs||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Jamar Kemp||Shawn Kemp||Cleveland High School (class of '15)||6'6"||250 lbs||7.3||4.6||1.2||0.6||0.3|
M.J. Cage could be something special. He is ranked 36th his class by ESPN. He has offers from some of the top schools in the country, including Arizona, Gonzaga, UCLA, and Kentucky. The younger Xavier McDaniel is making a name for himself at South Carolina's Hammond High School. McDaniel also has a daughter, Xylina, who was a McDonald's All-American and plays for the University of North Carolina. Gary Payton's youngest son recently visited Florida State University and also has interest from his dad and brother's alma mater, Oregon State.
We wish best of luck to all of these players and hope to see as many of them in the NBA as possible, perhaps in Seattle? How awesome would it be to see Payton, Kemp, or Cage on the back of a Sonics jersey once again?