Brandon Roy was a high school standout of Garfield in Seattle, Washington. He was considered a four-star recruit per Scout.com and was listed as the sixth best at his position, which was the shooting guard position and 36th in the nation back in 2002. He would then go on to play four years at the University of Washington, which featured future NBA players Nate Robinson, Will Conroy, Bobby Jones, and Justin Dentmon.
After the 2006 season at Washington, Roy declared for the NBA Draft and the Minnesota Timberwolves selected him with the sixth pick in the 2006 draft. The Timberwolves, however, would trade his draft rights immediate to Portland for Randy Foye.
During Roy’s 2006- 2007 rookie campaign, he became an immediate impact for the Blazers as he went on to capture the Rookie of the year award in nearly-unanimous fashion.
The following year he would be named as an All-Star reserve for the Western Conference in 2008. He would then be named an All-Star reserve in 2009 and 2010. He also made the All-NBA Team twice in his career would average 18.8 points 4.3 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. Roy only played six seasons in the NBA from 2006- 2013 due to a series of leg injuries, which forced him to retire early.
Recently I spoke with another Seattle area native Avery Bradley of the Memphis Grizzles and asked him who he thought was the basketball player to come out of season. With no hesitation, he mentioned “Brandon Roy”.
“He was the most NBA ready out of any of us that came out of the city, and it wasn’t for leg injuries, there is no telling what he could have accomplished,” said Bradley
That is high praise from Bradley considering the Seattle area has had numerous players make in the NBA. Names such as Zach LaVine, DeJounte Murray, Jason Terry, Isaiah Thomas, Doug Christie, Marvin Williams, Spencer Hawes, Tony Wroten Jr, Aaron Brooks, and Allonzo Trier.
In 2016, Brandon Roy coached Nathan Hale High School boys basketball to a 29-0 record, which featured Michael Porter Jr., Jontay Porter, and P. J. Fuller. Roy was also named, High School Coach of the Year. After Michael Porter Jr., Jontay Porter, and P. J. Fuller all left high school. Roy took over his high school alma mater Garfield as their head coach in May of 2017.