Arthur Agee
Personal information
Born October 22, 1972 (1972-10-22) (age 47)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Career information
High school St. Joseph
(Chicago, Illinois)
John Marshall (Chicago, Illinois)
College Arkansas State
Media appearance
1994 Hoop Dreams (himself)

Arthur "Man" Agee, Jr. (born October 22, 1972) is an American former basketball player whose life was chronicled in the 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams

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Arthur Agee from Hoop Dreams


[edit]Early life

Agee is the second child and first son of Arthur "Bo" Agee Sr. and Sheila Agee. During his younger years he lived in a north side Chicago area near where the other star of Hoop Dreams,William Gates, lived. By the time the movie began filming, the Agees had moved to the West Garfield Park neighborhood, which would remain Agee's home until his graduation. Upon graduation from grammar school in 1987, he was discovered by part-time, unofficial talent scout Earl Smith. Smith convinced the Agees to send Arthur to St. Joseph's High School, a private, predominantly white suburban school. St. Joseph's is the same school that Arthur's childhood hero, Isiah Thomas, attended. Because the school was an hour and half from his home, Arthur had to wake up at around 5:30 AM daily and take the train and buses to reach his destination.[1]

Early on in his high school career, when his parents were unable to keep up with the school's tuition payments, Agee left St. Joseph's and instead attended John Marshall High School, an inner-city school. In his senior year, he helped the Marshall Commandos win the 1991 Public League Championship and finish third for the State Championship. Agee's high school was defeated by Manual High School that was led by future NBA player Howard Nathan.

After graduating from Marshall, Agee starred at Mineral Area College and went on to play for two years at Arkansas State on a scholarship. He is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

[edit]After college

Although Agee played at a Division I school, he never achieved his dream of playing in the National Basketball Association. In 1996, Agee turned down a contract with the CBA's Connecticut Pride to take a role in the film Passing Glory.[2]

Today, Agee teaches the "Hoop Dreams" Curriculum, which encourages children to follow their dreams and get their education. He speaks at various public schools throughout the country each year.[3] In addition, he recently launched a 'Hoop Dreams' clothing line (slogan: Control Your Destiny).[4]

On December 15, 2004, his father, Arthur "Bo" Agee Sr., was killed while attempting to run from at least one robber.[5] Speculation that the shooting was a paid hit was supported when a Chicago man was charged by Berwyn police for allegedly accepting money to kill Arthur Agee Sr.[6]

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