MAYWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — From Doc Rivers to Dee Brown, the pipeline of hoop legends from Proviso East High School is long and quite illustrious.
You’ll find Donnie Boyce’s name on that prestigious list. His career has come full circle by returning to his alma mater as the head coach. The undefeated Pirates are 16-0 in his first season on the job.
The 1991 state champions from Proviso East is one of the Chicago area’s most storied high school basketball teams. They were led by the talented trio of Boyce, Michael Finley and Sherell Ford – a trio affectionately known as the “Three Amigos.”
Boyce is trying to end the Pirates’ 20-year title drought since the “Three Amigos” were the pride of Maywood. His players weren’t even born when he was in his glory days.
“I try to tell the kids we already had our 15 minutes of fame, now the spotlight is on you guys,” he says.
Boyce has brought discipline back to the program and restored the old Proviso East pride.
“He never lets us forget it’s like an honor to play at Proviso East,” junior guard Paris Lee says.
Boyce almost got the band back together. He brought Ford with him as one of his assistants and the freshman coach.
Finley is still pursuing his NBA playing career, but keeps a close eye on the program.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Ford says. “To come back and coach at my alma mater is a great thing.”
If Proviso East wins the state title this year we may have to stop talking about the famed “Three Amigos.”
Ford is fine with that, but says, “It’s always going to be the Three Amigos.”