New Jersey Nets' Ben Uzoh knows San Antonio and the San Antonio Spurs well.
He should. The 2006 Warren High School grad has history and roots here.
Uzoh was the San Antonio Express-News Area Player of the Year, a first-team Class 5A all-state, all-district and all-region selection as a senior and was was named the MVP of District 27-5A his senior season along with taking Warren to the State Championship.
Before he was starring at Warren though, Uzoh spent his childhood watching and idolizing the Spurs and trying to emulate their moves in his driveway.
When I talked to Uzoh prior to last week's Nets game, he had just spent All-Star weekend back in the 210 area code.
"It feels good, it feel's like a homecoming," the rookie guard said. "I haven't been back and haven't played in this city in about five years."
If I was coming back to my hometown after being away even a year, I'd have a laundry list of some of my favorite places I had to see before I left.
Even when I lived 45 minutes away from my hometown, I used to plan to go to all of my favorite places when I visited on the weekends. But for Uzoh, he can soak up all of his hometown and memories of his childhood in one place, the Northside home of Francis and Caroline Uzoh, his parents.
"My house for the most part," Uzoh said. "As long as I'm home that's real big for me. I'm a big family guy."
Uzoh has come a long way from buying tickets to Spurs games at the Alamodome and the AT&T Center.
Instead of being up in the nosebleeds, he's in the visiting locker room and sees the players out on the court.