Three state and one national championship ensures that Sian Cotton, LeBron James, Dru Joyce III, Willie McGee and Romeo Travis will remain local heroes and legends. The Fab Five, as they came to be known, also enjoyed success after high school.
Here’s what’s up with them and their St. Vincent-St. Mary head coaches, as well as a look at the actors who portray them in “Shooting Stars,” which airs on Peacock beginning Friday.
Oregon basketball recruit Marquis 'Mookie' Cook portrays LeBron James
James' accomplishments since high school are many. A few of the most notable NBA ones are four championships, three MVPs and passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar earlier this year to break the league’s scoring record. All of his friends were there for the last.
Cook looks the part of basketball player in the film because he's a five-star recruit who signed a national letter of intent to play at Oregon beginning next season.
'Stranger Things' actor Caleb McLaughlin portrays Dru Joyce III
Joyce III went on to play for Keith Dambrot at the University of Akron, where he still holds some records. He enjoyed success playing professional ball overseas and has entered the coaching ranks, following in his father’s footsteps. He coached at Cleveland State and is now on Dambrot’s staff at Duquesne in Pittsburgh.
McLaughlin is best known for his role as Lucas Sinclair on the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” The 21-year-old has acted on stage as Young Simba in the Broadway production of “The Lion King” and in films.
Actor Khalil Everage portrays Sian Cotton
Cotton is the defensive line coach for the Irish at his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary.
Everage worked with Anthony Anderson in the Netflix movie “Beats,” which was helmed by “Shooting Stars” director Chris Robinson.
Actor Avery Serell Wills Jr. portrays Willie McGee
McGee served as athletic director at STVM until last July, when he left for a position with the LeBron James Family Foundation.
Wills can be seen in the Apple TV+ series “Swagger,” which looks at NBA superstar Kevin Durant’s experiences playing Amateur Athletic Union basketball.
NBA Draft prospect Sterling 'Scoot' Henderson portrays Romeo Travis
After starring in college at Akron for Dambrot, Travis played overseas for more than a decade. He served as Dru Joyce II’s assistant at STVM last season and owns a real estate company and began his own clothing line — Fresh Produce. He recently ran into legal trouble, pleading guilty to tax, wire fraud charges in March.
Henderson is expected to be an early selection in the upcoming NBA Draft after a season with NBA G-League Ignite.
'Wire' actor Wood Harris portrays Dru Joyce II
Dru Joyce II will go down as a legend in Ohio high school basketball coaching, having won seven state titles. His coaching prowess obviously was not just about the Fab Five, with six titles coming since James graduated.
Harris is known to audiences for years of work on the film and television screen in movies such as the “Creed” films, “Remember the Titans” and the HBO classic “The Wire.”
Actor Dermot Mulroney portrays Keith Dambrot
Dambrot went on to coach 13 seasons at the University of Akron, where he remains the program’s winningest coach. He left in 2017 for Duquesne, where he still coaches.
Mulroney has acted in movies such as “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Young Guns” and “Zodiac.” He also has an extensive list of television credits.
This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Who's starring in 'Shooting Stars' movie about LeBron James on Peacock