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Maryland produces more college basketball players than any other state.
Basketball has always been a big deal in Maryland, and it's basketball report card is getting high marks. Data from the past three years has shown that 5 percent of all boys high school basketball players are recruited by Division-I scouts - and that's higher than any other state.
The next closest is North Carolina which shows 3.6 percent of players going on to play Division-I ball. Georgia and Nevada are next on the list, with 3 percent of players recruited.
Meanwhile, the state of Virginia is fifth with 2.8 percent.
Rock Creek Christian boys' coach Christian Cole told the Washington Post: “I think our area does a good job of balancing the competitive atmosphere of how sports has gotten with teaching.”
Should we be surprised? The state of Maryland has been known to produce top level basketball players like NBA contenders Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, Victor Oladipo, Roy Hibbert, and Jeff Green just to name a few.
As for the girls basketball players, they post solid numbers too. Around 4.5 percent of girls are recruited by Division-I schools. Now that's what I call a baller state.