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Before they were NBA prospects

Ten high school stories you need to know about some top NBA draft prospects

Originally Published: June 25, 2012
By Dave Telep | ESPN RecruitingNation
With the NBA draft quickly approaching, all kinds of canned stories will be spun by agents, teams and the players themselves. Here is a glimpse into some of the potential lottery picks' high school days so you can see where they came from.

anthony davis
Courtesy of McDonald's Game staffAnthony Davis was ranked No. 1 in the 2011 class, just ahead of Andre Drummond.

Davis goes from obscurity to stardom

Think about this timeline. In May 2010, Anthony Davis was not on a single national top 100 list, and if anyone says they had him on one, it's time for a polygraph. My first viewing of him was that month. Never in my life had I seen a guy play for the first time as a junior and thought he was the nation's best prospect. Walking out of the gym that day, I turned to a friend and said, "I think I just saw the best prospect in the nation." He told me not to get too excited. He was wrong. In three months, Davis leapt from obscurity in Chicago to offers from Kentucky, Syracuse and Ohio State. None of the head coaches who offered him saw him until going into July before his senior season.


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