The Benji Wilson story
Tonight at 8pm ESPN'S 30 FOR 30 documentary series airs "Benji" the story of one greatest basketball players in Chicago hoops history. I was living in Chicago in 1984 when Ben or as everyone called him Benji was gunned down on the streets of the south side of the city ending one of the more promising lives to ever come out of the city,in context Benji Wilson was everything and just as popular as Lebron James was coming out of high school.As a freshmen, Wilson played on the school's junior varsity team in 81-82 and in the 83-84 season he was the only junior on a varsity basketball team full of seniors and it was Benji who led his high school Simeon to it's first ever Illinois state championship and ESPN named him the best junior player in the country for the 83-84 season. There was never any doubt that Benji was going to play for a major college and then take his talents to the next level and play in the NBA,that was until the afternoon of November 21st 1984 when everything ended so badly, that is what tonight's ESPN documentary is all about,I urge you and your family to take time to watch this show and discuss it with your kids and learn from it. Although it was 28 years ago i can still remember the shock of hearing the news of Benji's shooting and now almost 30 years later finally the Benji Wilson story is finally shared on a nationwide level, don't miss this show if you do you'll be sorry !