Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo doubled as a smooth R&B crooner in HS

How about a DeMatha feel-good story in basketball? Victor Oladipo can take your mind away for a spell…

USA Today High School Sports

Victor Oladipo was also an accomplished singer in HS. / USA Today Sports Victor Oladipo was also an accomplished singer in HS. / USA Today Sports

Before Michael Jordan was making Bryon Russell fall with a killer crossover and draining the go ahead jumper to win his sixth NBA title with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan was a skinny, determined athlete dominating the competition at Laney High (Wilmington, N.C.).

Before Adrian Peterson was trucking opposing defenses and racking up 2,097 yards in a single season for the Minnesota Vikings, he was shining bright under the Friday night lights at Palestine High (Palestine, Texas), averaging 12 yards a carry and scoring 32 touchdowns.

Before any athlete can become legendary, they have to lay their foundation in the high school ranks.

Each week I’ll chat with a high-profile athlete’s former coach, mentor, family member, etc., and reminisce about their high school playing days; everything from the greatest moment to the wackiest story.

This week I caught…

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