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1. Kevin Garnett – Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American former professional basketball player who played the power forward and center positions for 21 seasons in the National Basketball Association. In high school, Garnett was a 1995 McDonalds All-American at Farragut Career Academy and he entered the 1995 NBA draft, where he was selected with the fifth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves and became the first NBA player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years. Garnett made an impact with the Minnesota Timberwolves, leading them to eight consecutive playoff appearances. In 2004, he led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals, Garnett has been named to 15 All-Star Games, winning the All-Star MVP award in 2003, and is currently tied for third-most All-Star selections in NBA history. He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2007–08, Garnett also holds several Timberwolves franchise records. In 2007, after 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, Garnett joined the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster trade, in his first year with the Celtics, he helped lead them to the NBA championship, while also finishing in third place for the MVP award. In 2013, Garnett was included in a second headline trade that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets with longtime Celtic Paul Pierce, in 2015, Garnett was traded back to Minnesota. He announced his retirement from basketball in September 2016, Garnett was born on May 19,1976, in Greenville, South Carolina, to Shirley Garnett. He was the second of his mothers three children, Garnetts mother never married his father, OLewis McCullough, with their relationship ending shortly after his birth. Garnett grew up with his mother and stepfather, Ernest Irby, with whom he didnt get along, Garnett fell in love with the sport of basketball while attending Hillcrest Middle School, although he did not play organized basketball until high school. In his first three years of school, Garnett attended Mauldin High School in Mauldin, South Carolina. However, during the summer before his year of high school. Although not directly involved, Garnett was one of three students arrested for second-degree lynching, a charge that was expunged through a pre-trial intervention. Due to the racially charged incident and fearful of being a target, Garnett decided to leave Mauldin High and transferred to Farragut Career Academy in Chicago and he led Farragut to a 28–2 record and was named National High School Player of the Year by USA Today. He was also named Mr. Basketball for the state of Illinois after averaging 25.2 points,17.9 rebounds,6.7 assists and 6.5 blocks while shooting 66. 8% from the field. In four years of school, Garnett posted an impressive 2,553 points,1,809 rebounds and 737 blocked shots. In high school, Garnett played alongside Ronnie Fields, who became a professional basketball player. To mark the 35th anniversary of the McDonalds All-American High School Boys Basketball Game, Garnetts decision not to play college basketball was influenced in part by his failure to score well enough on the ACT test to meet NCAA requirements for freshman eligibility
2. George Hincapie – George Hincapie is an American retired road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1994 and 2012. Hincapie was a key domestique of Lance Armstrong, and was the rider to assist Armstrong in all seven of his Tour de France victories. Hincapie was also a domestique for Alberto Contador in 2007 and for Cadel Evans in 2011 and he was one of only two riders in Tour de France history to have raced on nine teams that won the Tour on the course. However with the subsequent disqualification of Armstrong, only two of those victories still stand, Hincapie started a record 17 Tours. However, after his admission, he was retroactively disqualified from the 2004,2005 and 2006 Tours. He completed his 17th and final Tour in 2012, which tied Joop Zoetemelks record and he also rode at five consecutive Olympic Games between 1992 and 2008. Hincapie was born in Queens, New York, United States and his father Ricardo, a Colombian, introduced him to cycling, and his first race training was in New York Citys Central Park. He graduated from Farmingdale High School on Long Island in 1991, in 2004, Hincapie, along with his brother Richard launched their own line of sportswear, called Hincapie Sports. He is married to former model and Tour de France podium girl Melanie Simonneau. Hincapie resides in Greenville, South Carolina, Hincapie has several important wins of his own, starting with Gent–Wevelgem in 2001 and Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne in 2005. Also in 2005, Hincapie took two wins at the Critérium du Dauphiné and 2nd place at Paris–Roubaix. In 2005 he had his first stage win in the Tour de France where, on July 17, Pereiro accepted the offer and sold the stage to Hincapie. The deal was closed some kilometers before arriving to the finish line, more recent victories include two stages at the Tour of California, the overall and a stage at the Tour of Missouri, and another stage win at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2008. He is a three-time US Professional Road Race champion and he achieved his highest position on the podium with his 2001 victory in Gent–Wevelgem. His 2nd-place finish in the 2005 Paris-Roubaix remains the highest placing in that race by an American. While using Three Days of De Panne as a ride during the previous week, he has placed well in that race also, winning the overall in 2004. He was near the group but had to abandon the race. He later won the ITT at the Eneco Tour of Benelux in 2006 and he finished third in the prologue at the 2007 Tour de France and second in the prologue at the Volta a Catalunya in 2008
3. Jesse Jackson – Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988, Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He is the founder of the organizations merged to form Rainbow/PUSH. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. is his eldest son, Jackson was also the host of Both Sides with Jesse Jackson on CNN from 1992 to 2000. Jackson was born in Greenville, South Carolina, to Helen Burns, a 16-year-old high school student, Robinson was a former professional boxer who was an employee of a textile brokerage and a well-known figure in the black community. One year after Jesses birth, his mother married Charles Henry Jackson, Jesse was given his stepfathers name in the adoption, but as he grew up, he also maintained a close relationship with Robinson. He considered both men to be his father, as a young child, Jackson was taunted by the other children regarding his out-of-wedlock birth, and has said these experiences helped motivate him to succeed. Living under Jim Crow segregation laws, Jackson was taught to go to the back of the bus, upon graduating from high school in 1959, he rejected a contract from a minor league professional baseball team so that he could attend the University of Illinois on a football scholarship. Following his second semester at the predominantly white University of Illinois, Jackson transferred to the North Carolina A&T, there are differing accounts of the reasons behind this transfer. Jackson has claimed that he changed schools because racial prejudice prevented him from playing quarterback, edwards also suggested that Jackson had left the University of Illinois in 1960 because he had been placed on academic probation. However, the president of the University of Illinois reported in 1987 that Jacksons 1960 freshman year transcript was clean, while attending A&T, Jackson played quarterback and was elected student body president. He became active in civil rights protests against segregated libraries, theaters. He graduated with a B. S. in sociology in 1964 and he dropped out in 1966, three classes short of earning his masters degree, to focus full-time on the Civil Rights Movement. He was ordained a minister in 1968, and in 2000, was awarded his Master of Divinity Degree based on his previous credits earned, plus his life experience, Jackson has been known for commanding public attention since he first started working for Martin Luther King Jr. In 1965, Jackson participated in the Selma to Montgomery marches organized by James Bevel, King, when Jackson returned from Selma, he was charged with establishing a frontline office for the SCLC in Chicago. In 1966, King and Bevel selected Jackson to head the Chicago branch of the SCLCs economic arm, Operation Breadbasket, Operation Breadbasket had been started by the Atlanta leadership of the SCLC as a job placement agency for blacks. T. R. M. Jackson became involved in SCLC leadership disputes following the assassination of King on April 4,1968, when King was shot, Jackson was in the parking lot one floor below. Jackson told reporters he was the last person to speak to King, the Times also indicated that Jackson was being criticized as too involved with middle-class blacks, and for having an unattainable goal of racial unity
4. Shoeless Joe Jackson – Joseph Jefferson Jackson, nicknamed Shoeless Joe, was an American star outfielder who played Major League Baseball in the early 1900s. Since then, Jacksons guilt has been fiercely debated with new accounts claiming his innocence beckoning Major League Baseball to reconsider his banishment, as a result of the scandal, Jacksons career was abruptly halted in his prime, ensuring him a place in baseball lore forever. Jackson played for three Major League teams during his 12-year career and he spent 1908–1909 as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics and 1910 with the minor league New Orleans Pelicans before joining the Cleveland Naps at the end of the 1910 season. He remained in Cleveland through the first part of 1915, he played the remainder of the 1915 season through 1920 with the Chicago White Sox, Jackson, who played left field for most of his career, currently has the third-highest career batting average in major league history. In 1911, Jackson hit for a.408 average and it is still the sixth-highest single-season total since 1901, which marked the beginning of the modern era for the sport. His average that also set the record for batting average in a single season by a rookie. Babe Ruth said that he modeled his hitting technique after Jacksons, Jackson still holds the Indians and White Sox franchise records for both triples in a season and career batting average. In 1999, he ranked number 35 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, the fans voted him as the 12th-best outfielder of all-time. He also ranks 33rd on the all-time list for non-pitchers according to the win shares formula developed by Bill James, Jackson was born in Pickens County, South Carolina, the oldest son in the family. His father George was a sharecropper, he moved the family to Pelzer, South Carolina, a few years afterwards the family moved to a company town called Brandon Mill, on the outskirts of Greenville, South Carolina. An attack of measles almost killed him when he was 10 and he was in bed for two months, paralyzed while he was nursed back to health by his mother. Starting at the age of 6 or 7, Jackson worked in one of the textile mills as a linthead. Family finances required Joe to take 12-hour shifts in the mill and his lack of education ultimately became an issue throughout Jacksons life. It even affected the value of his memorabilia in the market, because Jackson was illiterate. Consequently, anything actually autographed by Jackson himself brings a premium when sold, in restaurants, rather than ask someone to read the menu to him, he would wait until his teammates ordered and then order one of the items that he heard. In 1900, when he was 13 years old, his mother was approached by one of the owners of the Brandon Mill and he was the youngest player on the team. He was paid $2.50 to play on Saturdays and he was originally placed as a pitcher, but one day he accidentally broke another players arm with a fastball. No one wanted to bat against him so the manager of the team placed him in the outfield and his hitting ability made him a celebrity around town
5. Jim Barnett (basketball) – James Franklin Barnett is a former professional basketball player. He has been the Golden State Warriors television analyst since the 1985–1986 NBA season, Barnett was born in Greenville, South Carolina and raised in Riverside, California. He is a member of the Riverside Hall of Fame, and was selected as an NCAA All-American as a University of Oregon basketball player and he is in the University of Oregon Hall of Fame and the State of Oregon Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor during the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Mens Basketball Tournament on March 10,2012, barnetts NBA career began when the Boston Celtics selected him with the eighth pick overall in the 1966 NBA draft. While playing for the Trail Blazers in 1971, Barnett attempted a rushed long-range shot against the rival Los Angeles Lakers and his shot went in, prompting Blazers play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely to exclaim Rip City. The phrase Rip City, the meaning for which Schonely has no explanation, nonetheless caught on and became synonymous with the team, nicknamed Crazy Horse, Barnett averaged 11.7 points,3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 732 games. Barnett serves as a co-host on Warriors Live pregame shows on CSN Bay Area television, active in the community, Barnett does speaking engagements throughout the greater Bay Area during the year, including guest appearances at Warriors Basketball Camp sessions
6. Jason Keller – Jason Keller is an American professional stock car racing driver. Previously, he was a mainstay in NASCARs second-tier series, competing in 519 Nationwide Series races between 1991 and 2010, on May 15,2010, Keller made his 500th career start, the first driver in series history to do so. Keller was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and began his career on kart tracks. He drove the #57 Chevy owned by Jack Finley of Easley, Keller made his Busch series debut in the 1991 May race at Lanier Speedway. He piloted the #54 Air Products Buick home in 29th after starting 8th, Keller grabbed his first top-10 finish in his 7th start at the North Carolina Speedway in February 1993. His first top-5 would come one year later in the race of 1994 at Dover Downs. 1994 would be his first full season, and he finished 17th that year in the points and he did miss a race that season, but up to December 1,2005, Keller has not missed one since. He won three poles in 1994, his first career coming at Rougemont, in 1995, Keller received backing from Budget Gourmet, and rewarded them by finishing 4th place in the standings. His first career win occurred in August, as he outpaced the field at Indianapolis Raceway Park, in addition, Keller had 6 top-5s and 12 top-10s that season. Slim Jim came on board for the 1996 season, Keller secured another top-10 finish in points with a 10 top-10s season. Keller struggled through 1997 and 1998, finishing 13th and 16th in the respective years. He only had 4 top 5s and 17 top 10s in those two years, in 1998, Kellers family owned team had no decals on the car, and that forced the team to sell to the newly formed ppc Racing team. In 1999, with sponsorship from IGA, Keller won 3 poles and 2 wins at Bristol Motor Speedway, with 5 top 5s and 12 top 10s, Keller came home 8th in the standings. In 2000, Kellers ppc team received funding from Excedrin and this began to this date, Kellers best streak in his career. In four years, Keller wrapped up 7 wins He won 4 BUSCH poles, and finished 2nd twice in the standings, 3rd, Keller has run 2 races in the Cup Series. The No.57 team lost Albertsons sponsorship at the end of 2003, Keller had 6 top-5s and 12 top-10s in the year, finishing 6th in 2004. In 2005, again without sponsorship, Keller left ppc Racing, despite a 9th-place finish in points, Keller was never competitive. He only had 1 top-5 all year and 6 top-10s, Keller signed with Phoenix Racing for 2006, but was released after just eight races
7. Willie Anderson (basketball) – Willie Lloyd Anderson, Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player. After attending the University of Georgia, he was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 10th pick of the 1988 NBA draft and he played for the Spurs until the 1994–95 season when he was selected in the 1995 expansion draft by the Toronto Raptors. He also played for the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat for the two seasons. Anderson then moved to Greece to play for Olympiacos and later for AEK Athens which he led to the Euroleague 1998 final, the next season he signed for Maccabi Tel Aviv from Israel, but was waived at the beginning of the season. After signing, he declared that this would be his last season in professional basketball, Anderson is the older brother of former NBA player Shandon Anderson, and father of former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Lady Mocs player Alex Anderson. Anderson was selected to the 1989 NBA All-Rookie Team, career basketpedya. com Willie Anderson NBA Stats @ basketball-reference. com Fibaeurope. com profile
8. Darrell Floyd – Darrell Floyd was an American college basketball All-American while playing for Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina from 1953–56. Floyd was just the player to repeat as NCAA scoring champion. The first was Frank Selvy who also played for Furman with Floyd for one season and won consecutive scoring titles in 1953 and 1954, darrell Floyd began his college career in 1952–53 at Wingate Junior College, where in his only season there he was named a Junior College All-American. From there he transferred to Furman University where he played for three years, as a junior in 1954–55, Floyd led the nation in scoring while averaging 35.9 points per game. On January 2,1955 he scored 67 points in a win over Morehead State, also in his junior season he scored 56 points against Clemson, which is still the highest opponent total against the Tigers. Floyd was named to the Consensus All-America Second Team in 1955, in 1955–56, Floyd repeated as the national scoring leader by averaging 33.8 points. By the time his Furman career had ended he owned a 32.1 points per game scoring average, in 71 career games, the 61 guard scored 2,281 points and topped 40 points in a game on 15 occasions. When Floyd played college basketball the games rules were different from the present, given that Floyd was a small guard, one may reasonably infer that the majority of his shots were from at least a mid-range distance. Additionally, as a 78. 3% free throw shooter, his averages would have been higher if players had been rewarded with bonus free throw opportunities as they are under the games current rules. After graduating in 1956 with a degree in health and physical education. When the Hawks and Floyd could not agree on a price, the Hawks traded his rights to the Cincinnati Royals. Floyd holds the distinction of being a two-time NCAA scoring champion who never played a single game of professional basketball anywhere. In his later life, Floyd became an entrepreneur, businessman and he married Kay Harling, and they had three daughters—Diane, Nancy and Libby. List of NCAA Division I mens basketball players with 60 or more points in a game List of NCAA Division I mens basketball season scoring leaders
9. J. T. Floyd – James Thomas J. T. Floyd III is a cornerback who played his redshirt senior season for the Michigan Wolverines football team in 2012. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection for the 2011 and 2012 teams and he was a first team All-State defensive back as a junior and first team All-state wide receiver as a senior. Made his career debut against Western Michigan on September 5,2009 as a freshman for the 2009 Wolverines. For the 2010 team his 66 tackles ranked sixth in the conference per game for the 2010 Big Ten Conference football season, Floyd notched a key forced fumble in the opening game against Connecticut on September 4. He made his first interception in the 28–24 September 11,2010 rivalry game victory against Notre Dame, Floyd accumulated no statistics in the final five games of the season. He suffered ankle ligament damage on Tuesday November 2 during practice that required season-ending surgery, Floyd did not recover from his injury in time for spring practice and found himself battling for a starting position prior to his fourth-year junior season. He switched from #12 to #8 prior to the 2011 season and he made his second interception the against Notre Dame on September 10,2011 in the first night game at Michigan Stadium. He added another interception against Illinois on November 12, the interception came when Michigan was protecting a 17–7 lead in the fourth quarter. He was an honorable mention 2011 All-Big Ten Conference selection by both the coaches and the media for the 2011 Wolverines, Floyd finished among the conference leaders in passes defended/game. Floyd started 12 games in 2012, recording 48 tackles and 5 pass break ups and he was also a 2012 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection by both the coaches and the media for the 2012 Wolverines. Coach Brady Hoke has suspended J. T. Floyd for undisclosed reasons, Floyd @ NCAA. org Floyd @ CBS Sports Floyd Michigan Bio Floyd @ ESPN