Professional basketball player Daequan Cook is a product of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and participated in sports at Dayton’s recreation centers, specifically the Northwest Recreation Center. As a junior, he led Dunbar to the Ohio Division II state semifinals. His senior year, Daequan led Dunbar to a Division II state championship! He was named onto the 2006 McDonalds All-American Team, scoring 17 points in the 112–94 win. Daequan went on to The Ohio State University, but cut his college career short to enter the 2007 NBA draft. He was selected in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers, before ultimately finding a home with the Miami Heat. In 2009, Daequan won the NBA All-Star Weekend Three-Point Shootout in Phoenix. Daequan Cook took his game from Dayton to Miami, but he will always be a Dayton Original!