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.

David Robinson

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David Robinson

David Robinson, a.k.a. "The Admiral," is one of the most dominant centers in NBA history.

His illustrious career saw him earn 10 NBA All-Star selections, an NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, an NBA MVP award and two NBA Championships.

Robinson first gave basketball a shot in middle school.

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David Robinson, a.k.a. "The Admiral," is one of the most dominant centers in NBA history.

His illustrious career saw him earn 10 NBA All-Star selections, an NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, an NBA MVP award and two NBA Championships.

Robinson first gave basketball a shot in middle school.

At the time, Robinson, who would eventually sprout to 7-foot-1, was just 5-foot-9.

He quit the sport and didn't return to it until his senior year of high school at Osbourn Park High (Manassas, Virginia). 

Robinson was not a star during that lone season of high school ball, but he did get the chance to play basketball at the United States Naval Academy.

He pursued that opportunity and continued to grow, both in stature and in skill, during college. 

''(David) is like you want your son to be. He plays basketball for all the reasons you hope everyone does—activity, competition and the desire to win," Paul Evans, who coached Robinson at Navy, told the Chicago Tribune in 1986.

Robinson went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft.

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