Candace Parker got here to Chicago as a result of it’s her hometown and since the Sky had the items to develop into a championship contender. As an added bonus, she knew she could be taking part in with one other Chicagoan, one who rose to highschool basketball prominence within the space concurrently her: 2001 to 2004.
That may be Allie Quigley, who stayed in Chicago for school and has now performed 9 seasons within the metropolis as a professional.
Parker was one of the best highschool participant within the nation on the time, successful nationwide Gatorade Participant of the 12 months in 2003 and 2004. She would go on to play on the biggest ladies’s basketball program on the time in Tennessee, win two nationwide championships and be the No. 1 general choose within the 2008 WNBA Draft.
Quigley was the second-best participant within the Chicago space on the time — from the state of Illinois, only she and Parker performed within the 2004 WBCA All-America sport. She additionally joined Parker on The Chicago Tribune’s 2003-04 All-State Ladies Basketball workforce.
Parker performed at Naperville Central, somewhat over an hour west of the place the Sky’s present residence stadium, Wintrust Area, now stands. Alan Sutton of the Chicago Tribune wrote this story on her after she received Ms. Basketball of Illinois for the second time in a row as a junior in 2003. It paperwork the intense curiosity that Parker garnered from skilled groups in France and Israel as a highschool scholar and a sophomore yr April Idiot’s joke announcement that she was going to the WNBA that individuals truly fell for. Parker received two state championships in highschool and led Naperville to a 35-0 report as a junior.
Quigley could not have been getting professional presents, however she was well-known too, at the very least in her hometown of Joliet. She performed at Joliet Catholic, additionally somewhat over an hour away from Wintrust and somewhat over half an hour south of Naperville. She averaged 26 factors and 10 rebounds per sport in high school and shot 84 % from the charity stripe. What added to her fame within the city was a household filled with Joliet athletes, which Sarah Spain wrote about for espnW in 2013 when Quigley had simply joined the Sky.
Quigley’s mom, Christine, performed basketball on the College of St. Francis in Joliet, is a member of the varsity’s athletic Corridor of Fame and had her jersey retired in 1983. That after taking part in basketball, tennis, softball and volleyball at Joliet Central Excessive College. Quigley additionally performed volleyball and softball in highschool. She was a champion and an All-State choice in volleyball and posted a strikeout-less season wherein she batted .438 as a softball junior.
Quigley’s father, Pat, who handed away when Quigley was in first grade, performed basketball and tennis at St. Francis, the place the basketball courtroom is called after him. He additionally coached a number of sports activities at a highschool in New Lenox, Sick.
Then there’s Quigley’s siblings. Her older hassle Ryan was a baseball star at Joliet Catholic and went on to play unbiased and minor league baseball from 2007 to 2015. Her youngest sibling, Jake, performed tennis at St. Francis. Her youthful sister, Sam, most intently adopted her personal journey, taking part in basketball along with her at DePaul, the place she accrued 484 assists — good for sixth in Blue Demon historical past. Sam grew to become the pinnacle ladies’s basketball coach at St. Francis at simply 24 years of age and is now the pinnacle coach at Division I Southern Illinois College Edwardsville.
Quigley’s personal exploits at DePaul are well-documented. She scored 2,078 profession factors, including to her legacy within the metropolis of Chicago, and was drafted No. 22 general by the Seattle Storm in the identical draft as Parker.
Quigley would bounce across the league earlier than touchdown in Chicago and turning into a first-time All-Star post-30. She has now been to 3 All-Star video games and has received three 3-point capturing contests. Parker, alternatively, grew to become a WNBA legend whereas taking part in 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks, however this previous offseason mentioned she was coming residence.
In all probability not lots of people knew in regards to the connection between Parker and Quigley going again to their highschool days, however extra individuals know now due to how a lot Parker has talked about it since returning to Chicago. The state of affairs is not only particular for Parker and Quigley. All of the gamers on the workforce and all of the followers are rallying across the optimistic vibes surrounding town proper now.
“I met my spouse right here,” Sky celebrity level guard Courtney Vandersloot, who’s married to Quigley, mentioned on the press convention after Chicago superior to the Finals. “This is sort of a second residence to me for positive. I do know nothing aside from Chicago Sky. It’s particular to play for this metropolis.”