Before Kevin Garnett was a 15-time NBA All-Star and one of the best power forwards in league history, he was an 18-year-old kid deciding whether to attend college or declare for the NBA Draft directly from high school.
Garnett chose the latter, and the Minnesota Timberwolves selected him fifth overall. As we all know, he went on to have an illustrious career. But what would have happened had the power forward chosen to play in college is where things get interesting.
Hide your eyes, Maryland fans. According to an article from The Athletic, Garnett was heavily recruited by Gary Williams and his staff in College Park. When asked where he would have played during his rookie season, the power forward said he would have chosen the Terps.
"Everyone had me going to Michigan for a long time," Garnett said to Student Sports Magazine, via The Athletic. "I led people on that I was going to UM. If I had gone to college it was going to be Maryland. I was going to shock ’em all."
One thing that stood out to Garnett during his recruiting process was how Maryland utilized Joe Smith, who ended up being the No. 1 overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft. With Smith now in the league, it would have been Garnett's team in College Park, something the McDonald's All-American would have likely thrived in.
"I’m quite sure he would have been a Terrapin," Smith said.
Don't be too heartbroken Terps fans. It's not totally clear he would have ended up in College Park. During a 2018 appearance on his TV show 'Area 21,' Garnett said that he would have gone to Michigan due to his affinity for the Fab Five and Chris Webber.
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