Imari Sawyer

Coach Imari bring an extensive basketball playing and coaching resume. He is a Chicago basketball legend. He believes that first its about having fun and a love for the game. From there, its all about hard work, learning the game, and being a great teammate. His basketball journey has taken him full circle from a high school start, D1 and professional player, to giving back to the next generation of players. 

Coaching Experience

Chicago Urban Prep Bronzeville High School

  • Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach
  • Head Sophomore Basketball Coach

 Chicago Park District

  • Taught children of various ages the skills and fundamentals of basketball
  • Led group sessions on defensive principals
  • Coached against other Chicago Park Districts

Morton Elementary School

  • 5th-8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach

Galileo Elementary School

  • 5th-8th Grade Basketball Coach

Professional Experience

  • American Basketball Association                                                                                    
  • Chicago Rockstars, 2006
  • Harlem Globetrotters (2006) International
  • Countries Played: U.S., Spain, Italy, Belgium, Amsterdam, UK and more
  • Premier Basketball League                                                                                           

            -Chicago Throwbacks, 2008-2009

  • Euro Summer League Camp                                                                                       

           -All tournament Selection, 2009


  • National Basketball Association (NBA)

           -Chicago Bulls, 2004
           -Phoenix Suns, 2004

  • National Basketball Development League (NBDL)

        -Los Angeles Defenders, 2004
        -Maine Red Claws, 2009

DePaul University 2000-2002

  • Set Freshman Record for Assists (172), (1998-1999)
  • Finished with over 100 assist in rookie campaign (3rd all-time), (2000-2001)
  • Member of Conference USA All-Freshman team, (2000-2001)
  • Conference USA (C-USA) All-Freshman Team, (2000-2001)
  • Fifth team Freshman All-American by All-Star Sports, (2000-2001)
  • Finished first in C-USA in assists, (2000-2001)
  • Honored as the C-USA Player of the Week (Nov. 27th), (2000-2001)
  • Member of the All Tournament team at the Great Alaska Shootout, (2000-2001)
  • Set Assist Record in Great Alaska Shootout Tournament (30), (2000-2001)
  • Named the Carrs MVP of the Alaska Anchorage game, (2000-2001)
  • Named the Carrs MVP of the Florida State game (18 pts and 10 assts), (2000-2001)
  • Scored a season high 24pts vs. UCLA 
  • Averaged 11.7 PPG & 6.0 APG as a freshman, (2000-2001)

Martin Luther King High School (Chicago, IL) 1996-2000

  • All-American Honorable Mention (Street & Smith’s Blue Ribbon)
    Member of USA Today Super 25 as a senior
  • Three-Time All-State Selection (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Three-Time All-Area (Chicago Tribune)
  • MVP of the World Youth Festival and Rich Barrett’s Shootout
  • All-Tournament at the Bob Gibbon’s Camp
  • Twice named to the All-Tournament at the Adidas Big Time Tournament
  • Three-time All-Tournament pick at the Centurion Classic and prestigious Proviso West Tournament
  • Four-Time All Chicago Public League (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Chicago City Championship vs. Westinghouse (then undefeated) (1999)
  • Set Illinois state record in assists in 2000 (1,072)
  • King High School All-Time leader in steals (435)
  • Spokesman for Puma Shoes
  • Averaged 32.3 PPG & 12 APG as a senior
  • Finished career with 2,868 points (6th All-Time)