Joe Abunassar was already one of the most reputable personal trainers when he traveled to Jackson, Mississippi, to check in situ the best advances prospect from high school from the city.
His CV was absolutely enviable: recently distinguished with the award Mr. Basketball USA to the best high school player in the country, the same one that had received two years ago LeBron James and, previously, players of the caliber of Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Lew Alcindor, Moses Malone, Patrick Ewing or Jason Kidd.
Furthermore, he had been chosen McDonald’s All-American and had won two state titles in the ranks of the Lanier High School. The second, after averaging an atrocious 38.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 4.5 steals, leading his team to an almost immaculate record of 35 wins and two losses.
Despite the firm offer from Mississipi State University, Ellis decided to accept Abunassar’s proposal and go with him to the prestigious IMG Academy in Brandenton, Florida, to prepare for the 2005 NBA draft.
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