Chicago has produced many a great basketball player over the years. Legendary names like Isiah Thomas, Cazzie Russell, Mark Aguirre, Maurice Cheeks, Terry Cummings and Hersey Hawkins patrolled the hardwood and concrete courts of the Windy City once upon a time.
That legacy persists into the present day, but the greatest of them all might've been the one about whom no NBA tome was or will ever be written. After those aforementioned greats, long before Kevin Garnett was a national name, and even before Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis and Jabari Parker were twinkles in their mothers' eyes, there was Ben Wilson.
Or, as those close to him knew him, Benji.
ESPN is set to debut a new documentary about the mythic prep star from Simeon Career Academy on the South Side of Chicago, entitled "Benji," as part of its 30 For 30 series on Tuesday, October 23. By all accounts, the film, co-directed by native Chicagoans Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah, is an emotional, Houseman-esque ode to an athlete dying young and the devastating effects that senseless violence has had and continues to have on Chicago's inner-city youth.
In anticipation of "Benji" hitting the airwaves, here's a look at eight aspects of Wilson's life, death and legacy.