World Wide Warriors: Chicago, Illinois
Chicago has a long history of producing tough basketball players, and Brandon Spearman appears to fit the bill.
Spearman is a 6-foot-3 junior guard who grew up in Chicago’s South Side. He is in his first year with the Hawai’i basketball team after playing last season at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa.
As a senior at Simeon High School in Chicago, Spearman helped lead his team to a state championship in 2010. The school’s previous state title before that came in 2007, when it was led by a senior named Derrick Rose.
When asked who the most famous basketball player is from Chicago, Spearman said: “There’s a lot of famous basketball players, but right now, everybody knows Derrick Rose from Chicago, so pretty much everybody says Derrick Rose.”
Although he has yet to play an official game for the Warriors, Spearman already proved his grit when he led his team to the Hawai’i College Basketball Summer League championship. He had 45 points and 14 rebounds in the championship game.
Spearman noted that Chicago is famous for its sports – Bulls, Bears, Cubs and White Sox – and food. One of the items that he particularly misses is Chicago-style pizza. He describes it as: “Deep dish pizza with a lot of sauce, cheese hanging off the pizza. You have to wrap the cheese around the pizza because the cheese is hanging off … definitely the best.”