More and more top highschool basketball recruits are choosing to attend HBCUs, but there are not many HBCU alum represented in the professional league. Currently, there is only one active player in the NBA is an HBCU alum. Robert Covington, a forward on the Portland Trail Blazers, graduated from Tennessee State University in 2013. Additionally, Chris Paul enrolled for classes at Winston-Salem State University within the past year and has been showing major love to all HBCUs on and off the court.
The 2021 NBA All-Star game highlighted and paid tribute to HBCUs throughout the evening, spotlighting students, bands, and the overall experience. The All-Star game’s vibrant and creative court design was created by a group of alumni from HBCUs all over the country. Also, the three referees for this game were alumni from Norfolk State, Southern University, and Clark Atlanta University. And, that’s not all. The NBA family announced they would be donating $3 million to the HBCU community through different organizations such as the Thurgood Marshall Fund, and the United Negro College Fund. In addition, the Divine Nine was also present and celebrated. The men of Kappa Alpha Psi from the Sigma Alpha chapter at Southern University along with the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha in the Alpha Rho chapter at Morehouse College introduced their lines.
Although the HBCU alum presence is low in the NBA this year, there have been many remarkable former NBA players that came from historical black colleges. These players include Sam Jones from North Carolina Central University, Zelmo Beaty from Prairie View A&M University, Bob Love from Southern University, and Bob Wallace who attended Virginia Union University.