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Star of the Film Hoop Dreams

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Arthur Agee Biography

Arthur Agee, Jr. (born October 22, 1972) is one of two Chicago-area high school basketball players whose lives were chronicled in the 1994 Kartemquin Films documentary, Hoop Dreams.

Agee is the second child and first son of Arthur "Bo" Agee Sr. and Sheila Agee. During his younger years he lived in a north side Chicago area near where the other star of Hoop Dreams, William Gates, lived.

The Movie

By the time the movie began filming, the Agees had moved to the West Garfield Park neighborhood, which would remain 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. St. Joseph's is the same school that Arthur's childhood hero, Isiah Thomas, attended. Because the school was an hour and half from his home, Arthur had to wake up at around 5:30 AM daily and take the train and buses to reach his destination.


Early on in his high school career, when his parents were unable to keep up with the school's tuition payments, Agee left St. Joseph's and instead 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.


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 the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

After college

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 to take a role in the film Passing Glory. Arthur was a professional Slamball player. Arthur played for one season.

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Arthur Agee, Inspiration for "Hoop Dreams," will Speak to University of Tampa Students

Posted on 14 November 2012 | 8:48 pm

Arthur Agee Speaking EngagementThe inspiration for the acclaimed documentary, "Hoop Dreams," Arthur Agee, will be making an Appearance at the University of Tampa on Wednesday afternoon to speak about his experiences as part of an event in Plant Hall. Agee is now 40 years old and a father of five, but as a teenager the diminutive Chicago native dreamed of breaking free from being poor in the inner-city and of...[Read More]

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