William Gates (basketball)

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William Gates
Born (1971-12-28) December 28, 1971 (age 42)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Ethnicity African-American
Alma mater Marquette University
Parents Emma F. Gates - William Crawford

William Gates (born December 28, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois[1]) is an American retired high school and college basketball player, and a subject of the 1994 Kartemquin Films documentary film Hoop Dreams.

Biography[edit]

Gates was a teenager from the Cabrini–Green housing projects. He and Arthur Agee, from West Garfield Park, hoped to hone their basketball talent into professional careers with the NBA. The documentary Hoop Dreams followed them through their recruitment by St. Joseph High School. During high school, he worked hard both to improve his basketball skills and his academics to the best of his ability, though he initially struggled with a low reading level. He struggled to get the required score of an 18 on the ACT exam needed to earn a scholarship at Marquette University, but finally managed a 17.5 aggregate score, which was rounded up to 18. At St. Joseph, Gates suffered a knee injury which limited his playing and recruitment offers. He did, however, graduate from Marquette with a communications degree.

In 2001, Gates worked out with NBA star Michael Jordan in preparation for Jordan's comeback and was offered a tryout with the Washington Wizards, but injured his foot. His brother, Curtis Gates, also seen in the film, was murdered on September 10, 2001.[2]

Post-basketball, Gates would later go on to get a Bible degree at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and become pastor at Living Faith Community Center in Cabrini–Green, a position he held until July 2012, when he relocated his family to the San Antonio, Texas area.[3] Gates' eldest son (William Gates Jr.) followed in his father's basketball footsteps, averaging 23.5 points a game his senior season at Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas and receiving a full-ride scholarship to Furman University in South Carolina.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William Gates #22 Biography". muscoop.com. 
  2. ^ "Looking Back At Broken 'Dreams'". The Washington Post. July 5, 2004. 
  3. ^ "Pastor to People". Moody Church Bulletin. July 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "William Gates Jr., Out of his dad’s shadow but still living his ‘Hoop Dreams’". NBC Sports. May 9, 2013. 

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