Chapter 2: Not in the Cards

Rondo wanted to stay close to home for college, but another prospect was in his way

Originally Published: June 8, 2010
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Back before the best high school basketball players had to do a one-year internship in college, Oak Hill Academy was on the travel itinerary of every NBA scout.

During the 2003-04 season, Oak Hill coach Steve Smith figures he had pro scouts at nearly every practice and every game. They came to see athletic senior wingman Josh Smith. They left talking about the ultra-quick senior point guard with the huge hands.

"I'd say eight out of every 10 scouts said Rajon was ...

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