The talent pool of hoops players in the Palmetto State will be well represented on Sunday as not one, not two, but three former South Carolina high school ballers will be playing in the NBA All-Star game. While big states like Texas, California, and New York claim to have the produced the best ballers out there South Carolina will get to stake their claim as well.
Having Kevin Garnett in the NBA All-Star game is like a tradition. Garnett punished the competition and wowed scouts during his career at Mauldin High School and all signs point to him becoming the greatest player ever out of the state of South Carolina by the time his career is over. Garnett is still with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sunday will be his 10th straight All-Star game.
Ray Allen may have been a replacement player for the All-Star game but there's no denying his ability to score and shoot with the world's very best. Averaging 27 points a game so far this year it was tough to leave the former Hillcrest-Dalzell High star off the West team to start with but Ray will be making his 7th appearance as an NBA All-Star. Allen has been displaying one of the prettiest shots in the world since he starred at Hillcrest-Dalzell and lead them to a state championship before taking his superb talents on to the University of Connecticut.
Like Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O'Neal made the giant leap directly from high school to the NBA. While it was common for a few years before the age eligibility rule was established KG and O'Neal paved the way for those players who attempted to make the giant leap from prep to pros. O'Neal didn't have the immediate success KG did but after being traded away from the Portland Trailblazers the former Eau Claire High star has shined bright for the Indiana Pacers.
SCPrepNation.com will have all the details of these former Palmetto State greats from Sunday's NBA All-Star Game so stay tuned.