17 Star Athletes Who Didn't Start Until Their Senior Year of High School

It's not when you get your chance, it's what you do with it.

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Bummed you're not a starter?

Don't pout.

Don't blame the coach.

But most importantly, don't give up.

Because with hard work and perseverance, you can earn that starting spot eventually.

And once you do, there's no telling how far you'll go.

There are athletes who didn't start until their senior year of high school who went on to do extraordinary things. I'm talking NBA MVP, MLB All-Star, Pro Football Hall of Fame-type things.

The key is being prepared to take full advantage of your opportunity once it presents itself. That means working hard and getting better outside the spotlight.

Because as these 17 athletes can tell you, it's not when you earn a starting spot that matters most, but what you do with it.

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