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Allen Iverson has been inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame. He’s one of the all-time great scorers and one of the most fascinating players in the game during the previous three decades. Before he became renowned as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, though, a little, multi-sport athlete with a rough childhood was battling for a chance to play at the next level.
Then, after a run of historically strong performances at AAU championships, AI catapulted himself into the national basketball radar.
In high school, Allen Iverson was a strong two-sport athlete.
Allen Iverson, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, is introduced before a game between the Detroit Pistons and the Philadelphia 76ers. | Getty Images/Mitchell Leff
Iverson was widely recruited in both football and basketball before deciding on basketball, Georgetown University, and the NBA.
The small guard was voted Virginia High School Player of the Year on the court. According to an article on Vice.com, he won the same honor as a quarterback two months before.
Florida State University, a collegiate football juggernaut at the time, was interested in introducing AI on campus as its Charlie Ward. Ward, like Iverson at Bethel High School at the time, was a quarterback on the football squad and a point guard on the basketball team for the Seminoles.
Ward won the Heisman Trophy in 1993 and went on to play in the NBA for 11 seasons, largely with the New York Knicks. According to all accounts, Iverson was equally as good as, if not better than, Ward in both sports.
In a perfect scenario, Iverson would follow Ward’s lead and show the public how dominating he was as a football player. However, AI’s high school sports career was cut short due to legal difficulties coming from a bowling alley altercation in 1993.
Georgetown head coach John Thompson gave him an opportunity to play collegiate basketball, and he went on to become the No. 1 choice in the 1996 NBA draft and retire as one of the finest players in NBA history.
But it was thanks to an all-time dominating performance on the AAU circuit that he was able to earn his way to the Hoyas.
At an AAU competition in Winston-Salem, N.C., a young AI put on a show.
According to Kent Babb’s book Not a Game, Iverson and Butch Harper, one of his boyhood neighbors, went on a road trip to a few AAU tournaments in the southeast.
When the party traveling with AI and Harper, which included future University of Maryland player Joe Smith, arrived in Winston-Salem for an event, Iverson began receiving baskets.
According to Not a Game (via SportingNews):
Harper subsequently clarified, “We don’t play that YMCA s***.” Had Iverson not scored thirty points in three consecutive games at the AAU championships in Winston-Salem, North Carolina — not only in each game, but by halftime — he would not have risen to the top of the national recruitment rankings. “What he accomplished will never be duplicated,” (AAU Coach Boo) Williams would say, “and I’ve been in this for 32 years.”
Kent Babb’s “Not a Game”
In three half, that’s more over 90 points. At a national competition.
Nothing would have placed Iverson on the map if that hadn’t happened.
Iverson went on to star at Georgetown and go down in NBA history.
The 6-foot guard was a four-time scoring champion and an 11-time all-star. On seven times, he was chosen to an NBA All-Star team.
AI was more than just a great scorer, as he was a three-time steals champion and averaged 6.2 assists throughout his 17-year career. His attacking prowess and bravery, on the other hand, are his legacy.
Before his body started to wear down, he scored over 25,000 points in his career, 23,000 of which came in his first 12 seasons.
Perhaps Bubba Chuck pouring the ball over the net again and over as a teenager should have been a warning sign, since he continued to do it for the following two decades.
Basketball Reference provided all statistics.
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