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Former ETHS basketball player pursues NBA dream

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Eli Hartman-Seeskin, Sports Columnist

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From E-Town to G-Town to G- League, Rodney Pryor’s basketball career has taken many twists and turns. After starting high school at Evanston, graduating from Notre Dame, starting college at Robert Morris and transferring to George- town, the 25 year old joined the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G-League before suffering a season ending injury in mid February.

Pryor reflected back fondly on his time at Evanston.

“ETHS is my foundation for basketball,” Pryor said, “That is where I found the love, the passion, the work ethic and the ability to overcome adversity.”

He was a standout part of the Freshman B team at ETHS, and he carries strong memories of that time, a testament to the idea that it’s not where you start, but where you finish that counts.

“My best sports memory at ETHS was when we won our twentieth game in a row,” Pryor said.

Pryor’s college career was statistically noteworthy. The 6’5” guard started 52 of 64 career games at Robert Morris, averaging 16.7 points and 5.8 rebounds in 30.6 minutes per game over two seasons. In his one season at Georgetown, Pryor started all 32 games played, averaging 18 points and five rebounds while playing 32.6 minutes per game.

“The hardest part is finding the right opportunity to showcase yourself,” he said. “So you have to keep working hard and stay patient for your time.”

The hard work appears to be paying off. In 24 G-league games for the Skyforce (nine starts), Pryor averaged 10.2 points and four rebounds, playing 24.4 minutes per game.

I get to do what I dreamed about and love each and every day,” Pryor said. “That’s the best thing about being a pro basketball player.”

About the Writer
Eli Hartman-Seeskin, Sports Editor

My name is Eli Hartman-Seeskin. I’m a senior and this is my second year at ETHS and on the Evanstonian. Last year I was a sports reporter before transitioning to  sports editor and the beginning of this year and now to sports columnist. I’m a manager for Last Word on Sports, where I write, manage writers, and control the Last Word on Vikings twitter. I hope to translate my passion for sports journalism into a long broadcasting career. My time with the Evanstonian has helped me focus my career goals and hone the skills I need to reach them.

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