Corey Benjamin, Sean Rooks have jerseys retired by Fontana HS Thursday

Corey Benjamin, above, talks after his No. 50 jersey was retired by Fontana High School.

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The mother of Sean Rooks, Deborah Young (brown shirt) accepts the framed jersey for her son and Corey Benjamin accepts his framed jersey. Both jerseys were retired by Fontana High Thursday.

Perhaps overdue, but Rooks’ mother and Benjamin said the right things.

They didn’t expect to have their numbers retired. ¬†They were proud of their time at Fontana. While Fontana’s basketball programs haven’t had much success in recent years, it is important for current Fontana students to know that you can make a name for yourself, even if you’re from Fontana High. Rooks played 12 years in the NBA, and is currently a coach for the Philadelphia 76ers, which is why he was unable to attend Thursday.

While Thursday’s event won’t make Fontana students automatically know who Rooks and Benjamin are/were, perhaps they will perhaps look up on the internet what the two of them did in their high school, college and pro careers. And they won’t be forgotten.

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