Kevin Love has come a long way in his career. Now a five-time NBA All Star, two-time All-NBA Second Team member, 2016 NBA Champion and a Banana Republic model, it can be easy to forget he started as a pudgy high schooler with some patchy facial hair.
But even if he's since dropped some pounds, he was still dropping buckets back in high school.
At Lake Oswego High, Love was an absolute monster. As a junior, he averaged 28.0 points, 16.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, leading the team to a state championship. He even upped that the following season, with 33.9 points 17.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, though Lake Oswego High lost in the State championship that season.
He was named the Gatorade National Male Athlete of the Year, though.
Love then took his talents to UCLA, where he continued dominating. As a freshman, Love averaged 17.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 blocks per game, leading the Bruins to a Final Four appearance in 2008. Though there were some concerns about how his game would translate in the NBA, Love was drafted No. 5 overall and wasted little time erasing those doubts.
By his third season in the league, Love was named an NBA All-Star, averaging 20.2 points and a ridiculous 15.2 rebounds per game, the best such mark in the league that year.
While his ascension surprised some people, his high school highlight tape proved Love has always had game.
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