Kobe Bryant first started turning heads on the basketball court when he was in middle school.
His talents dominated the game so much that high schools from all over the Philadelphia area watched him grow up.
The almost six-foot tall seventh grader definitely had the make-up and genes for the game, as his dad was former NBA forward, Joe Bryant.
Kobe developed his basketball skills under the watchful eye of his father, helping his mission to become a professional basketball player.
He worked daily on his game, watching video, playing in the playgrounds and listening to his father.
When he entered high school at Lower Marion in Philadelphia, Kobe was a highly touted recruit.
He proved that he had the skills and work ethic to be a star at the next level and the scouts noticed this.
Kobe didn't let anybody down either, as he played on the varsity basketball team his freshman year.
He wouldn't immediately be a superstar, though. Rather it was the countless hours of early morning workouts by himself in the gymnasium that escalated Kobe's talents.
Kobe became a better player every year he played at Lower Marion and soon enough, he had developed into one of the premier talents at the high school level.
He sold out the games everywhere he played during his junior and senior years and he didn't disappoint anyone.
He once packed the school gym so much that it caused a traffic jam on the main highway just outside the school.
He went on to finish his high school career as the all-time leading point scorer in Pennsylvania history with a total of 2, 883 points.
Kobe's highly decorated high school career made him the 13th overall choice by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA draft.