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Kevin Garnett is in the media these days. He promotes his new memories KG: A to Z: An Uncensored Encyclopedia of Life, Basketball, and Everything Else.
Garnett jumped from high school straight to the NBA in 1995. That doesn’t mean college basketball programs haven’t tried to change their minds before it’s too late. He writes about the recruiting process in the book and shared some of the illicit benefits that were offered to him at the time with Dan Patrick on FOX Sports Radio on Friday.
Patrick asked through and through what Garnett was offered by various recruiters.
“Lots of money, so that my mom and my family have better opportunities, to meet some of the most powerful people in the world, whatever that means,” replied Kevin Garnett.
He then shared a story that a recruiter will certainly never forget. Garnett’s mother sent him to live with his grandmother during his senior year of high school. She feared that she and her son would be overwhelmed by the attention of college recruiters. Garnett’s grandmother didn’t believe all the attention and offerings were good things.
“I asked a certain recruiter to come see me and he offered me money in front of my grandmother,” Garnett told Patrick. “She went to get a shotgun. She told me to always set the tone for people that you can never be bought, because if you can be bought once, you can always be bought.
He tried to gloss over the story as if it didn’t matter. Dan Patrick wouldn’t let that fly. He asked Garnett how the recruiter reacted to the shotgun.
“I had to tell him to get his bag out and get the hell out of here, or he and his bag were never going to get out of here,” Garnett replied.
No name was used. Kevin Garnett said the scout is still active in college basketball. They even run into each other occasionally and Garnett says he always winks when they do.