Many Flint natives will tell you Cory Hightower is simply the most talented basketball player they’ve ever seen, regardless of level.
Hightower played at Flint Northwestern, then at Mt. Zion Academy (the same school Tracy McGrady went to) before going to Indian Hills Community College to play college basketball. Hightower is one of only a handful of players to get drafted into the NBA straight out of JUCO, getting selected in the second round by the San Antonio Spurs and having his rights immediately traded to the Lakers. Hightower was eventually released, but went on to play professionally overseas and in American minor leagues.
Now though, the 31-year-old could be getting another shot. The Edmonton Journal reports that Edmonton Energy of the International Basketball League could be interested in him:
“Right now, we are in negotiation with three ex-NBA players (including Hightower). The depth and the talent level that could come to the Energy this year is outstanding,” (Edmonton coach Skouson Harker) said.
Hightower said in a Flint Journal profile last year that he’d like to continue playing, so it’s good to see him get the opportunity if this pans out.
— Patrick Hayes | Great Lakes Hoops