First Step Youth Foundation is proud to showcase what our alum have done in the years after taking their first steps toward their destiny.
We honor them.
Congratulations!

  ANTHONY DAVIS | New Orleans Pelicans Prospectives Charter School, Chicago  #1 NBA Draft Pick in 2012  2× NBA All-Star (2014–2015) 2× NBA blocks leader (2014–2015) NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013) NCAA champion (2012) NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2012) Consensus national player of the year (2012) Consensus first-team All-American (2012) NABC Defensive Player of the Year (2012) USBWA National Freshman of the Year (2012) SEC Player of the Year (2012)

ANTHONY DAVIS | New Orleans Pelicans
Prospectives Charter School, Chicago

#1 NBA Draft Pick in 2012 
2× NBA All-Star (2014–2015)
2× NBA blocks leader (2014–2015)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013)
NCAA champion (2012)
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2012)
Consensus national player of the year (2012)
Consensus first-team All-American (2012)
NABC Defensive Player of the Year (2012)
USBWA National Freshman of the Year (2012)
SEC Player of the Year (2012)


  PRECIOUS GADDIS | University of Illinois College of Medicine Medical Student    John Hope High School, Chicago  Currently in Medical School studying to become an OB/GYN University of Minnesota Graduate  Four year basketball player at John Hope High School First Team All-State (2006) All-City Academic Team (2006) All-City Team (2006) Second Team All-State (2005)

PRECIOUS GADDIS | University of Illinois College of Medicine Medical Student 
John Hope High School, Chicago
Currently in Medical School studying to become an OB/GYN
University of Minnesota Graduate 
Four year basketball player at John Hope High School
First Team All-State (2006)
All-City Academic Team (2006)
All-City Team (2006)
Second Team All-State (2005)


  KRISTEN HARPER | Private Chef Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago  Owner, Cleo's Southern Cuisine Catering Company Grambling State University Graduate (2011) Dean's List Recipient 3-Point Field Goal Record Holder All-SWAC Tournament Team Two year basketball player at Whitney Young High School All-City Academic Team (2007) All-City Team (2006) (2007) McDonalds All-American Nominee Two year basketball player at Fenwick High School All-Catholic Team (2004) (2005) Junior Varsity Team Captain

KRISTEN HARPER | Private Chef
Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago

Owner, Cleo's Southern Cuisine Catering Company
Grambling State University Graduate (2011)
Dean's List Recipient
3-Point Field Goal Record Holder
All-SWAC Tournament Team
Two year basketball player at Whitney Young High School
All-City Academic Team (2007)
All-City Team (2006) (2007)
McDonalds All-American Nominee
Two year basketball player at Fenwick High School
All-Catholic Team (2004) (2005)
Junior Varsity Team Captain


  ZEKE UPSHAW | Basket Esch (European Pro) University of Chicago Lab High School (U-High), Chicago  Slovenia 2014

ZEKE UPSHAW | Basket Esch (European Pro)
University of Chicago Lab High School (U-High), Chicago

Slovenia 2014


  RENEE BRANTLEY | Business Professional St. Francis de Sales, Chicago  Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning  Summa Cum Laude Graduate  Four year player at Alabama A&M University (Two years as Captain) All SWAC Academic Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at South Shore International College Prep   5th-8th grade Girls Basketball Coach at Phillip Murray Language Academy (2013-2014)

RENEE BRANTLEY | Business Professional
St. Francis de Sales, Chicago

Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning
Summa Cum Laude Graduate
Four year player at Alabama A&M University (Two years as Captain)
All SWAC Academic
Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at South Shore International College Prep  
5th-8th grade Girls Basketball Coach at Phillip Murray Language Academy (2013-2014)


  KHAMERON HARPER | Contingent European Professional    Simeon High School, Chicago | Seton Academy, South Holland   Praire View A&M   Catholic League All-Conference (2010)   State Champion (2009)   MVP of State Tournament (2009)   Free Throw percentage record holder 

KHAMERON HARPER | Contingent European Professional 
Simeon High School, Chicago | Seton Academy, South Holland
Praire View A&M
Catholic League All-Conference (2010)
State Champion (2009)
MVP of State Tournament (2009)
Free Throw percentage record holder 


  LARRY MITCHELL | Collegiate Coach Kenwood Academy, Chicago   Assistant Coach for Milwaukee Area Technical College   Associates Degree in Liberal Arts   Milwaukee Area Technical College (2010-2012)  Advanced Down State for Three-Point Shootout

LARRY MITCHELL | Collegiate Coach
Kenwood Academy, Chicago

Assistant Coach for Milwaukee Area Technical College
Associates Degree in Liberal Arts
Milwaukee Area Technical College (2010-2012)
Advanced Down State for Three-Point Shootout


  JALENI NEELEY | Collegiate Athlete Simeon High School, Chicago  Northern Arizona University 3 × State Champion (2010, 2011, 2012)

JALENI NEELEY | Collegiate Athlete
Simeon High School, Chicago

Northern Arizona University
3× State Champion (2010, 2011, 2012)


  EMIL CLAYTON | Buffalo 716ers King College Prep High School, Chicago   All-Tournament First Team of Global Basketball Summer League   Signed to play in NBL Canada with Brampton A's   Played for Bloomington Flex in Midwest Professional Basketball Association   Played for Buffalo 716ers in Premier Basketball League   Rated Top 50 JUCO player in Midwest by Midstatehoops.com   All-Region Tournament at Kishwaukee   All-Conference at Langston   Southside vs. Westside CPL All-Star Game Participant   Averaged 25ppg in senior year   Featured on ESPN.com by Scoop Jackson & CBS News

EMIL CLAYTON | Buffalo 716ers
King College Prep High School, Chicago

All-Tournament First Team of Global Basketball Summer League
Signed to play in NBL Canada with Brampton A's
Played for Bloomington Flex in Midwest Professional Basketball Association
Played for Buffalo 716ers in Premier Basketball League
Rated Top 50 JUCO player in Midwest by Midstatehoops.com
All-Region Tournament at Kishwaukee
All-Conference at Langston
Southside vs. Westside CPL All-Star Game Participant
Averaged 25ppg in senior year
Featured on ESPN.com by Scoop Jackson & CBS News


  TOMMY HAMILTON | DePaul University Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago | IMG Academy, Florida  Named to the 2013-2014 Big East All Rookie Team  Led all Big East Freshman in rebounding  Started 26 of 32 games  10 games in double figures and four games with ten or more rebounds Ranked among Big East leaders in conference games in defensive rebounds (15th - 3.7 drpg) and rebounding (20th - 4.8 rpg) Finished Prep career at IMG Academy in Florida after three seasons at Whitney Young Ranked #21 Center by Scout.com Ranked #27 Center by ESPN.com Average 10 points / Seven rebounds for three season at Young

TOMMY HAMILTON | DePaul University
Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago | IMG Academy, Florida

Named to the 2013-2014 Big East All Rookie Team 
Led all Big East Freshman in rebounding 
Started 26 of 32 games 
10 games in double figures and four games with ten or more rebounds
Ranked among Big East leaders in conference games in defensive rebounds (15th - 3.7 drpg) and rebounding (20th - 4.8 rpg)
Finished Prep career at IMG Academy in Florida after three seasons at Whitney Young
Ranked #21 Center by Scout.com
Ranked #27 Center by ESPN.com
Average 10 points / Seven rebounds for three season at Young


  JOSHUA BATSON | Chicago State University Curie High School, Chicago

JOSHUA BATSON | Chicago State University
Curie High School, Chicago


  GAB SNYDER | University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago

GAB SNYDER | University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago


  DEVIN FOSTER | Robert Morris University Curie High School, Chicago  Mott College (Two Years) 3rd Team All-Eastern Conference Michigan Community College NJCAA State Champions Top 50 College JUCO Player 

DEVIN FOSTER | Robert Morris University
Curie High School, Chicago

Mott College (Two Years)
3rd Team All-Eastern Conference
Michigan Community College
NJCAA State Champions
Top 50 College JUCO Player 


  TONY NIXON | Business Professional Seton Academy, Chicago  ABA with the Chicago Steam Finals Appearance Played professional in Mexico  Masters Program at Loyola University in Higher Education to be completed in December of 2015 State Champion (2009) McDonalds All-American nominee in 2009. Ranked #2 in the State at Shooting Guard #80 in the Country Senior Year  24 Scholarships from Division 1 Colleges Northern Illinois University doing a Fifth Year at Loyola University Chicago All Freshman Second Team at NIU

TONY NIXON | Business Professional
Seton Academy, Chicago

ABA with the Chicago Steam
Finals Appearance
Played professional in Mexico 
Masters Program at Loyola University in Higher Education to be completed in December of 2015
State Champion (2009)
McDonalds All-American nominee in 2009.
Ranked #2 in the State at Shooting Guard
#80 in the Country Senior Year 
24 Scholarships from Division 1 Colleges
Northern Illinois University doing a Fifth Year at Loyola University Chicago
All Freshman Second Team at NIU


  MAURICE FLEMING | Collegiate Athlete Curie High School, Chicago  University of Iowa Football City Champions (2010) All-City Team (2011) (2012) All-Conference Team (2011) (2012)

MAURICE FLEMING | Collegiate Athlete
Curie High School, Chicago

University of Iowa
Football City Champions (2010)
All-City Team (2011) (2012)
All-Conference Team (2011) (2012)


  TAVARES INGRAM | Creative Entrepreneur Seton High School, Chicago  DePaul University Graduate (2014) Creative Entrepreneur (Photography, Screen Printing, and Fashion) NCAC All-Conference Track and Field: Long Jump IHSA State Champion (2009)  

TAVARES INGRAM | Creative Entrepreneur
Seton High School, Chicago

DePaul University Graduate (2014)
Creative Entrepreneur (Photography, Screen Printing, and Fashion)
NCAC All-Conference Track and Field: Long Jump
IHSA State Champion (2009)
 

  JABARI PARKER | Milwaukee Bucks Simeon High School, Chicago  #2 NBA Draft Pick 2014 Consensus first-team All-American (2014) USBWA National Freshman of the Year (2014) First-team All-ACC (2014) Jordan Brand Classic co-MVP (2013) McDonald National Player of the Year (2013) Gatorade National Player of the Year (2012) USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2011) 4 × State Champion (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

JABARI PARKER | Milwaukee Bucks
Simeon High School, Chicago

#2 NBA Draft Pick 2014
Consensus first-team All-American (2014)
USBWA National Freshman of the Year (2014)
First-team All-ACC (2014)
Jordan Brand Classic co-MVP (2013)
McDonald National Player of the Year (2013)
Gatorade National Player of the Year (2012)
USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2011)
4× State Champion (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)


  MONIQUE PATTON | Lawyer   John Hope High School, Chicago  Editor-in-Chief of the MSU Journal of Medicine and Law Best Individual Oralist in the 2013 McGee International Civil Rights Moot Court Competition  Trustee Scholarship  Graduated Magna Cum Laude

MONIQUE PATTON | Lawyer
John Hope High School, Chicago
Editor-in-Chief of the MSU Journal of Medicine and Law
Best Individual Oralist in the 2013 McGee International Civil Rights Moot Court Competition 
Trustee Scholarship 
Graduated Magna Cum Laude


  AMANDA THOMPSON | Sf. Gheorghe (Romania)  Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago  Atlanta Dream (2014) #19 WNBA Draft Pick (Tulsa Shock) (2010-2013) European Professional (2011-present) University of Oklahoma Graduate (2010) McDonald's All-American

AMANDA THOMPSON | Sf. Gheorghe (Romania) 
Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago

Atlanta Dream (2014)
#19 WNBA Draft Pick (Tulsa Shock) (2010-2013)
European Professional (2011-present)
University of Oklahoma Graduate (2010)
McDonald's All-American


  KENNY RHYMES | B. Bystrica (Slovakia) Hales Franciscan, Chicago  European Professional (2014) Kankakee S. (USA-IBA) Siena (USA-Eurobasket) Texas Wesleyan University Graduate (2014)

KENNY RHYMES | B. Bystrica (Slovakia)
Hales Franciscan, Chicago

European Professional (2014)
Kankakee S. (USA-IBA)
Siena (USA-Eurobasket)
Texas Wesleyan University Graduate (2014)


  JULIAN KENNER | Accountant Assistant   Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago  Traveling Team Coach Jackson State University Drafted 48th Round by the Chicago White Sox All-State Honorable Mention First Team All-City  

JULIAN KENNER | Accountant Assistant
Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago
Traveling Team Coach
Jackson State University
Drafted 48th Round by the Chicago White Sox
All-State Honorable Mention
First Team All-City
 


  KAMILLE BUCKNER |    Special Education Classroom Assistant     Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago  B.A. in Communication Ohio University Graduate  Ranked first in program history in blocked shots with 199 and second in MAC history. Holds three of the top four spots on the single-season blocks list (1st, 63 - 2008-09, 2nd, 61, 2010-11, 4th, 45 - 2009-10).

KAMILLE BUCKNER | Special Education Classroom Assistant 
Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago

B.A. in Communication
Ohio University Graduate 
Ranked first in program history in blocked shots with 199 and second in MAC history. Holds three of the top four spots on the single-season blocks list (1st, 63 - 2008-09, 2nd, 61, 2010-11, 4th, 45 - 2009-10).


  JEFFERY HARRIS | Chicago Stream Richards High School, Chicago   2014-15 ABA North Central Division Champ   3x All conference Selection for Marian University (WI)   1,000 Collegiate Point Scorer   Top 10 All time scoring list at Marian 2011 USAAI Federation Cup Champ   2008 IHSA 4A State Champ

JEFFERY HARRIS | Chicago Stream
Richards High School, Chicago

2014-15 ABA North Central Division Champ
3x All conference Selection for Marian University (WI)
1,000 Collegiate Point Scorer
Top 10 All time scoring list at Marian
2011 USAAI Federation Cup Champ

2008 IHSA 4A State Champ


  DARELL COMBS | Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)  Thornwood High School, South Holland  Named to the Academic Advisor's List for a GPA of 3.0 or higher (2014-2015) Transferred from Eastern Michigan to IUPUI in 2014 Career high 23 points vs. Kentucky on November 27, 2013 Season high 21 points vs. Western Michigan on February 23 , 2014 Transferred from Blinn College to Eastern Michigan in 2013 Averaged 16.8 points per game  All-District and All-Regional performer at Thornwood High School

DARELL COMBS | Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) 
Thornwood High School, South Holland

Named to the Academic Advisor's List for a GPA of 3.0 or higher (2014-2015)
Transferred from Eastern Michigan to IUPUI in 2014
Career high 23 points vs. Kentucky on November 27, 2013
Season high 21 points vs. Western Michigan on February 23 , 2014
Transferred from Blinn College to Eastern Michigan in 2013
Averaged 16.8 points per game 
All-District and All-Regional performer at Thornwood High School


  MONTANA BYRD | Chicago State University  (pictured in black)

MONTANA BYRD | Chicago State University
(pictured in black)


  PARIS BURNS | University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Proviso East High School, Maywood

PARIS BURNS | University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Proviso East High School, Maywood

  ANTONIO JOHNSON | Artist Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago  IHSA State Champion (2009) CPS City Champion (2007)

ANTONIO JOHNSON | Artist
Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago

IHSA State Champion (2009)
CPS City Champion (2007)


  ROB ROBINSON | Campbellsville University Simeon High School, Chicago  State Champion (2010)

ROB ROBINSON | Campbellsville University
Simeon High School, Chicago

State Champion (2010)


  MALCOLM HILL-BEY | Collegiate Athlete Curie High School, Chicago  University of Texas Permian Basin Seward County College 2014. Earned 2nd Team All-Jayhawk West Region VI for the Seward County Saints. 2013-2014. Led The Seward County Saints to a 4th conference championship win. 2012-2013. Led The Seward County Saints to a 3rd conference championship win. Curie High School: Class of 2012 Top 100. 2011-2012. Norm Van Lier Classic Hoops All-Star. 2011-2012. CPS All-City Team all-star player. Mount Carmel High School: 2011-All Team game high scorer (31 points, 12 assists and 5 rebounds - Mount Carmel vs St. Rita 73-71). March 2011 - All Area Junior Player of the Year. March 2010 - All Area Sophomore Player of the Year.

MALCOLM HILL-BEY | Collegiate Athlete
Curie High School, Chicago

University of Texas Permian Basin
Seward County College
2014. Earned 2nd Team All-Jayhawk West Region VI for the Seward County Saints.
2013-2014. Led The Seward County Saints to a 4th conference championship win.
2012-2013. Led The Seward County Saints to a 3rd conference championship win.
Curie High School:
Class of 2012 Top 100.
2011-2012. Norm Van Lier Classic Hoops All-Star.
2011-2012. CPS All-City Team all-star player.
Mount Carmel High School:
2011-All Team game high scorer (31 points, 12 assists and 5 rebounds - Mount Carmel vs St. Rita 73-71).
March 2011 - All Area Junior Player of the Year.
March 2010 - All Area Sophomore Player of the Year.


  DARUIS BRANCH | Leo High School  5'7 Point Guard Class of 2016 3.25 GPA 18.3 PPG, 6 AST, 3 STL Chicago Catholic League North All Conference (2014, 2015)

DARUIS BRANCH | Leo High School
5'7 Point Guard
Class of 2016
3.25 GPA
18.3 PPG, 6 AST, 3 STL
Chicago Catholic League North All Conference (2014, 2015)


  MARK LEWIS | Simeon High School  Freshman guard One of the top guards in the Class of 2019

MARK LEWIS | Simeon High School
Freshman guard
One of the top guards in the Class of 2019


  CHRIS OLIVIER | Oklahoma State University   Seton High School, Chicago  5th Year Senior at Oklahoma State University Eastern Illinois University, OVC Player of the Year (2015) IHSA State Champion (2009)

CHRIS OLIVIER | Oklahoma State University
Seton High School, Chicago
5th Year Senior at Oklahoma State University
Eastern Illinois University, OVC Player of the Year (2015)
IHSA State Champion (2009)


  KENNY STEVENSON |   Entrepreneur   Seton High School, Chicago  Art Dealer Athletics Coordinator 7th & 8th Grade Basketball Coach in Los Angeles, CA Graduated from Texas Southern University

KENNY STEVENSON | Entrepreneur
Seton High School, Chicago
Art Dealer
Athletics Coordinator
7th & 8th Grade Basketball Coach in Los Angeles, CA
Graduated from Texas Southern University