Michael Jordan - High School Years
Michael Jordan - Laney High School North Carolina
The legend of Michael Jordan, who is considered the best (and wealthiest) basketball player of all time, consists of one noticeable failure at an early point in his career. During his sophomore year in high school, the young coach of the basketball varsity team (Clifton Herring) deemed Jordan too short to play in his squad.
Jordan, at that point 5'11" (1.80 m), was not disencouraged by the blow to his ego; instead he worked hard on his game, and quickly became the undeniable star of the junior varsity team, completing several standout performances of more than 40 points per game.
The following year Jordan grew 4 inches (10 cm) and finally earned his spot in the varsity team. He went on to average almost 20 points per game for the next two years, and in his final year he was selected to the McDonald's All-American team, after averaging an amazing 29.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 10.1 assists.
Jordan's senior year (and triple-double numbers) made him extremely desirable for the NCAA league, and the young star was in the position to choose between numerous college basketball scholarships (including Duke, Virginia and North Carolina). Jordan eventually decided to accept the latter, and in 1981 he began his 3 year career with the University of North Carolina
Amazing Michael Jordan Fact
When Jordan was
selected for the NBA hall of fame, he was asked to invite three key figures from
his career. Jordan decided to invite the man who failed to recognize his talent
- his high school coach Clifton Herring.