Best Candidate to Be the Female Larry Bird - 2006
Goodrich, Texas -- about an hour north of town up in the Piney Woods of Polk County -- is little more than a wide spot in a logging trail, home to a mere 243 souls. Their high school had only 70 students, one of whom was Adrian McGowen, a five foot ten guard on the basketball team. Admittedly, the class 1A competition that Goodrich faced wasn't the stiffest, but McGowen's high school feats pretty much redefine the word "domination." On graduating last spring, McGowen left behind a legacy that includes scoring 62 points in her high school debut, a 75-point outburst in her junior year, and before it was all over, the all-time national scoring record with 5,424 points. Next year, McGowen makes the quantum leap to big-time college ball at Texas A&M, where many doubters believe she'll founder. Yeah, that's what the big-time colleges thought about Bird, too.