As far as loving the game and using it to set yourself up for life I don't know if anybody from Silsbee has done that better than class mate James Simmons. I don't know which one James was better in basketball or academics. Probably academics, but he was a sharp point guard as well. He got a full ride at Rice U. Worked in insurance for about 10 years. Went to tier 1 U of H Law school at night. He graduated at the top of his law school class, suma cum laude, or some thing like that, Now he is a seasoned attorney.
It is hard to make it to the NBA. Becoming a NFL player is not easy either. A few from Silsbee have done that. But not the NBA.
Maybe some more former Silsbee players have done well academically. I don't know everyone's story.