KG starred at Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, where he led the squad to a 28-2 record his senior season and earned National High School Player of the Year honors. Though the T-shirt may indicate that he had dreams of playing in Ann Arbor, he instead chose to enter the NBA straight out of high school.
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Garnett poses outside of Farragut Career Academy. KG played for Mauldin High School in South Carolina for his first three seasons but transferred to Farragut before his senior year.
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Garnett was named Mr. Basketball for the State of Illinois after averaging 25 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 blocks his senior year at Farragut.
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Kevin Garnett and William Nelson
Garnett and his Farragut Academy coach, William Nelson, arrive at a news conference where Garnett announced his intention of skipping college to jump directly to the NBA.
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Garnett became only the fourth player to jump directly from high school to the NBA, following Moses Malone, Darryl Dawkins and Bill Willoughby.
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Stephon Marbury and Kevin Garnett
KG was drafted by the Minnesota Timberlwolves with the fifth pick of the 1995 NBA Draft. He was joined the next year by Stephon Marbury and the two were expected to be the future of the organization. After leading Minnesota to the playoffs in 1997 and 1998, Marbury was traded to New Jersey after a dispute with management.
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Garnett's entourage -- called the OBF (Official Block Family) -- includes friends from Beachwood Drive in his hometown of Mauldin, South Carolina.
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Kevin Garnett and Vince Carter
Garnett puts his arm around Vince Carter after leading Team USA to the gold medal in Sydney.
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Kevin Garnett and Darius Miles
In 2000, high school star Darius Miles skipped college for the NBA and immediately drew comparisons to Garnett for their style of play. Those comparisons proved to be incorrect as Miles played nine injury-plagued seasons and is now out of the league.
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Kevin Garnett and Japanese students
Garnett shows his skills to a group of Japanese participants during an NBA clinic in Tokyo.
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Latrell Sprewell, Kevin Garnett, and Sam Cassell
After years of first-round playoff exits, Garnett was joined by Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell for the 2003--04 season. KG was named NBA MVP after averaging 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists and the Timberwolves advanced to the Western Conference Finals before bowing out to the Lakers.
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Garnett travels to New Delhi to debut his limited edition 'Adidas KG basketball shoe.'
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Kevin Garnett and Serena Williams
Garnett offers words of encouragement to Serena Williams at the Matt Leinart First Annual Celebrity Bowling Night in Hollywood, Calif.
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Kevin Garnett and Barry Bonds
Garnett chats with Barry Bonds before the 2007 All-Star game in Las Vegas.
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Kevin Garnett and David Ortiz
A day after being traded to the Celtics, Kevin Garnett reconnected with his old Minnesota buddy David Ortiz after throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park.
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Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce
After the trade, Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce were immediately dubbed "The New Big Three" in Boston and became one of the favorites to win the 2008 NBA title.
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Kevin and Brandi Garnett
Garnett poses with his wife, Brandi. The couple were married in 2004, which forced KG to miss a chance to defend the gold medal in Athens.
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George W. Bush and the Celtics
Garnett and his Celtics teammates meet President George W. Bush after winning the NBA Championship.
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Peyton Manning and Kevin Garnett
Garnett poses with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning during a promotional press conference for Wheaties.
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Kevin Garnett and LeBron James
Garnett and LeBron James share a laugh on the bus ride to the stadium prior to the 2010 NBA All-Star game in Dallas.
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