Early Days

Indiana Pacers All-Star center Roy Hibbert was born on December 11, 1986 in Queens, New York City to Roy Sr. and Patty Hibbert. Roy Sr. is originally from Jamaica and his mother from Trinidad.  At the age of two, the family moved to Adelphi, Maryland.

A self-described self-sufficient only child, Roy was exposed to a variety of activities such as video games, piano lessons, and tennis.  While Roy’s parents believed tennis would be his preferred sport, Roy grew several inches every year during his adolescence, forever changing his fate.

Inspired by the play of his role model Shaquille O’Neal, along with growing to be 7’2″ as a teenager, Roy’s attention soon turned from the tennis court to the basketball court.

Hibbert attended Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Maryland, where he was coached by Dwayne Bryant, who played point guard for Georgetown University.  With Roy at the center position, Georgetown Prep’s Little Hoyas were the co-champions of the Interstate Athletic Conference in 2004.

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