Dominic James' Long Journey

Hoosier BallerContributor IApril 12, 2009

MILWAUKEE - FEBRUARY 15:  Dominic James #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles pulls down a rebound and is fouled by DeJuan Blair #45 of the Pittsburgh Panthers on February 15, 2008 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marquette defeated Pittsburgh 72-54. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Dominic James. 5'11" point guard from Richmond, Indiana, the urban city that once boomed. Raised by his uncle, Dominic James grew up playing basketball and was the star of the high school varsity team.

From this small town, Dominic became and all-american player and was supposedly everyone's cousin. Everyone knew DJ, everyone loved him, not only for his high jumping and phenomonal passing and dribbling, but for setting an example to everyone.

I, myself, saw Dominic fly. During my three years in Richmond I watched his high school games, met him at the high school basketball camps and even witnessed his 360 degrees alley-oop dunk that was attempted when he was only a junior.

Dominic touched all of the lives of everyone who witnessed his games, and soon was picked up by the Marquette Golden Eagles.

In Richmond, everyone rushed home to watch him play. We all knew that one day Little D would become somwthing great. He still shined above in his years at Marquette, but now, his college days are over, and the big question is, who will draft him?

No. 1 Marquette jerseys floated around in Richmond, many of them signed by the city's basketball hero. I still have an old t-shirt signed by him from a basketball camp.

In his junior or sophomore year at Marquette, I can't remember which, DJ almost decided to go into the NBA as a free-agent, but decided not to. He may be confident, but will he be right.

Surely somebody will get him, and when they do that'll be everyone's favorite team, but which one will it be?