1994–95 Farragut Academy Admirals men's basketball team
|1994–95 Farragut Academy Admirals men's basketball|
IHSA Class AA Tournament, Quarterfinals
|1994–95 record||28–2 ( )|
|Head coach||Willie Nelson|
|Home arena||Farragut Career Academy|
Prior to the season, the Admirals received transfer student Kevin Garnett for his senior year from his home town in South Carolina. Garnett had fled South Carolina after being the center of multiple controversies with fellow students, and family affairs that had negatively affected him back home. Garnett who had already been named South Carolina Mr. Basketball in his junior year, only elevated himself to Illinois Mr. Basketball, USA Today National Player of the year, and a McDonald's All-American.
Farragut, led by Garnett and fellow star basketball player Ronnie Fields would lead Farragut to being the top seed going into the state tournament where they would reach the quarterfinals, only to be eliminated in a stunning upset by coach Rocky Hill's Thornton.
At the end of the season, while Garnett was the top high school player in the nation, and recruited heavily by Maryland. Garnett would make the decision to forgo college and be selected 5th overall in the 1995 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, making him not the first to do it, but the first to popularize the idea of prep to pro players until the NBA implemented the One and Done rule in 2005, requiring players to be at least one year out of high school in order to be drafted.
Garnett would play with the Timberwolves from 1995 until 2007, during which time he would be named NBA Most Valuable Player in 2004. In 2007, he would be traded to the Boston Celtics with whom he would win an NBA title in 2008. He would then move on to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013, before heading back to the Timberwolves in 2015, with whom he would end his career in 2016.
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