Northwestern head basketball coach Chris Collins had his jersey retired by his high school, Glenbrook North, on Friday, Dec. 19. Collins, who wore number 20, starred at the school that stands just miles from Evanston. He along with fellow Glenbrook North graduate and Duke star Jon Scheyer were honored during a pre-game ceremony that night.
It's no secret that Collins was an absolute force in high school, winning Illinois' prestigious Mr. Basketball award in his senior year of 1992. That season, he averaged 32.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. He had six games where he scored over 40 points, including a 50-point performance over my alma mater, Deerfield. His coach was current Northwestern assistant Brian James.
I found a video that, according to the YouTube description, Collins and a teammate assembled and starred in prior to the 1991-1992 season. Set to MC Hammer's "2 Legit 2 Quit," though, it's much, much more than just a highlight video.
Sure, the basketball-highlight segments of the video are all well and good. The combination of the camera work, the uniforms and music make it seem straight out of a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air scene.
But there's no doubt that while you may have came to see a 17-year-old Collins dominate on the floor, you stayed for the theatrics and especially the dance numbers.
First the video draws you in with a dramatic scene where the young Collins laces up his sneakers and walks onto the court. Then, standing at the free-throw line, he relinquishes this:
There's no turning back now. You're all in.
And, after a few highlights to satisfy your pallet, the chorus comes and the following appears on the green-tinted screen:
Yeah. That's Chris Collins. Stepping his way through high school, college and eventually back to home to Chicago and Northwestern. If it's not clear already, he's "2 Legit 2 Quit."
Merry Christmas everybody!