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Tracy Lamar McGrady also known by the nickname T-Mac was born on May 24 1979 to Melanise Williford He was born in Bartow Florida but was raised in Aburndale Florida halfway between Orlando and Tampa He was not always a basketball hero He was often called a two-sport star His first love was baseball and he had dreams playing in Major League Baseball His coaches at Aburndale thought that he would be playing in a major league ballpark instead of on basketball courts McGrady was really good in basketball however and after a while people started to notice especially McGradys basketball coach McGradys coach called Coach John Hopkins from Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham North Carolina to come watch McGrady play ball Hopkins came to meet Tracy and his family in Orlando and go to Disney World and he ended up offering McGrady a scholarship to Mount Zion which he accepted Tracy soon started his junior year at Aburndale High He had incredibly high numbers averaging 231 points per game and 122 rebounds Yet despite these stats the only schools that showed interest in him were Florida and Miami Little did he know he would soon get his big break McGrady was invited to the annual Adidas ABCD camp in Teaneck New Jersey During the senior all-star game he performed an amazing slam dunk over 6 9 James Felton This dunk changed McGradys life forever After I made that Dunk I had chills run through my body its like the moment I knew I had finally arrived The whole gym went crazy A newsletter called Hoop Scoop awarded McGrady the title of Sleeper of the decade McGrady was ranked 2 in the nation and was named the USA Today Player of the Year He was even featured in a 3-page article in the February 10 1997 issue of Sports Illustrated After high school McGrady felt he was good enough to play
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