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Michigan's prep players often choose to stay in state

Updated: March 18, 2009, 4:04 PM ET
By Jeff Arnold | Special to ESPNRISE.com

Earvin Johnson used to sneak unnoticed into Michigan State's Jenison Field House, risking the consequence of getting caught just to catch a glimpse of his hometown Spartans.

At the time, the local high school basketball phenom who later became known simply as "Magic" hadn't imagined that one day, a statue would be erected nearby, honoring his legacy in East Lansing.

He was just a kid who wanted to watch boys from his neighborhood play the game that meant everything. One day, Johnson ...

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