Arthur Agee (Arthur “Man” Agee Jr). (born October 22, 1972) is an American former Chicago-area high school basketball player. Agee was one of two Chicago-area high school basketball players whose lives were chronicled in the 1994 Kartemquin Films documentary, Hoop Dreams.
Arthur Agee Early life
Agee is the second child and first son of Arthur “Bo” Agee Sr. and Sheila Agee. During his younger years he lived in the north side Chicago area near where the other star of Hoop Dreams, William Gates, lived. By the time the movie began filming, the Agees had moved to the West Garfield Park neighborhood, which remained Agee’s home until his graduation. Upon graduation from grammar school in 1987, he was discovered by part-time, unofficial talent scout Earl Smith. Smith convinced the Agees to send Arthur to St. Joseph’s High School, a private, predominantly white suburban school.
Arthur Agee High school
In the fall of 1987, Agee began his freshman year at St. Joseph High School. St. Joseph’s is the same school that Arthur’s childhood hero, Isiah Thomas, attended. Since the school was an hour and a half from his home, Arthur awoke around 5:30 AM daily and took public transportation to reach his destination. Early in his high school career, when his parents were unable to pay the school’s tuition payments, Agee left St. Joseph’s and attended John Marshall High School, an inner-city school. In his senior year, he helped the Marshall Commandos win the 1991 Public League Championship and finish third for the State Championship. Agee’s high school was defeated by Manual High School that was led by future NBA player Howard Nathan.
College and thereafter
After graduating from Marshall, Agee starred at Mineral Area College and went on to play for two years at Arkansas State on a scholarship. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Although Agee played at a Division I school, he never achieved his dream of playing in the National Basketball Association. In 1996, Agee turned down a contract with the CBA’s Connecticut Pride, so that he could take a role in the film Passing Glory. In 2004, he launched a ‘Hoop Dreams’ clothing line with the slogan “Control Your Destiny”. On December 15, 2004, his father, Arthur “Bo” Agee Sr., was killed while attempting to run from at least one robber. A Chicago man was subsequently charged by Berwyn police, but ultimately acquitted of killing Arthur Agee Sr. On November 19, 2017, Agee was arrested and held on $30,000 bail after being charged with aggravated battery for punching a woman in west suburban Forest Park. The charges were later dropped without prosecution.