Members of the 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 Jefferson boys basketball teams have an incredibly rare experience to share for the rest of their lives.
During their high school careers, they got to play against an NBA Lottery Pick.
In Thursday night's NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards selected Georgetown forward Otto Porter with the third overall pick.
Porter went to high school at Scott County Central, an opponent Jefferson faced in two Class 1 Final Fours.
Rumored to be a top-five pick leading up to the Draft, Porter has been a frequent topic of conversation among Eagle players and parents over the last two years.
"It's been talked about just because even when we played that night, we talked about how we're going to be watching him on TV at the college level, and he might even be playing after that," said Jefferson head boys basketball coach Tim Jermain. "To be able to play against that caliber of player is really exciting. As he's had success at Georgetown and done really well, we've looked back at pictures of the Final Four. It's great to see the success he's had."
Jefferson first encountered Porter in the Class 1 semifinals in 2008. The Eagles won that game 70-68 and went on to capture the Class 1 state championship.
They were the only team to beat Scott County Central in the playoffs during Porter's high school career.
At that point, Porter was just a lanky 6-3 freshman, still in the early stages of his development. He was not even the No. 1 or No. 2 scoring option on his team.
Three years later, when the two teams met again in the semifinals at Mizzou Arena, Porter had grown into a 6-8, highly-skilled forward with a smooth shooting touch.
He was the No. 42-ranked player in the country and had offers on the table from Missouri and Georgetown.
"He was definitely more of the focal point," said Jermain. "He became a really good shooter. When he was a freshman, I don't remember him stepping away from the basket. He had that 16-foot jump shot that we couldn't do much to defend. What I remember is he just had a great demeanor. He just played hard. He didn't show a lot of emotion. If he got fouled, he got fouled. I was really impressed when he was a senior."
Despite centering their game plan around him, Jefferson had no luck slowing down Porter that March afternoon in a 78-42 loss to the eventual state champions. He was 15-18 from the field, scored 34 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Porter had 26 points by halftime and set the all-time career Final Four scoring record in the second half.
Page 2 of 2 - "Part of the problem was their halfcourt trap was so good and it becomes really hard to execute your game plan against him," said Jermain. "We didn't want to let him get out in transition. When he was making shots like he was, there was not a lot we could do to defend it. I thought we executed okay. He was just at a different level."
Shortly after wrapping up his high school career with a third straight state title, Porter signed with Georgetown, a school that's produced NBA greats such as Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Allen Iverson.
After playing in Missouri's smallest high school basketball classification, Porter had no trouble adjusting to life in the rugged Big East. As a freshman, Porter quickly became a fixture in Georgetown's lineup, averaging 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Porter followed that up with a dynamite sophomore campaign, helping assure his status as an early first round pick.
Scoring over 16 points per game and grabbing 7.5 rebounds per contest, Porter was named the Big East Player of the Year. He was also a finalist for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards, given out to the national player of the year.
"A lot of people kept tabs on him," said Jermain. "There's probably been a lot more Georgetown games watched in Conception Junction than there would've been if not for Porter. Around school and around the community, there was talk about watching Georgetown play."
There should be many more opportunities for the Conception Junction community to watch Porter on TV as he begins his NBA career in Washington next year.
Porter is the first NBA player that Jermain says he's ever coached against in 23 years on the sidelines.
He's fairly certain Porter will end up being the only one, too.
"The odds of making it to the NBA even if you coach at a big school playing all city schools is not good," said Jermain. "Being at a smaller school, it's probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing."