RARE FOOTAGE 17-year old Allen Iverson steals the show at Nike All-American

RARE FOOTAGE 17-year old Allen Iverson steals the show at Nike All-American

In early July 1992, the world was following every step of one of the greatest basketball teams ever assembled – the Dream Team. Meanwhile in Indianapolis, Indiana,  the cream of the crop of the US high-school basketball gathered at the Nike All-American Academic Camp. There, it was a 6’0″ wiry point guard by the name of Allen Iverson, who literally ‘stole the show’ and made everyone rave about his most unique skill-set.

The 130 selected players showcased their unique skills during a five-day (July 7th-11th 1992) working regime established by the iconic sports marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro.

College coaches and scouts present at the camp already knew about Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace, who proved their potential by putting on quite a show.

But  Allen Iverson ‘stole the show’ and made everyone rave about his most unique skill-set. Before the 1992 Nike Camp, 17-year old Iverson starred for the Boo Williams AAU squad, helping it win the 1992 17-and-under AAU national championship title.

In Indianapolis, Iverson joined forces with #62 Pete Lisicky (Penn State), #65 BJ Williams (Kansas), #80 Alex Fraser (Miami FL), and #122 Mark Blount (Pittsburgh).

The shortest player on the floor Iverson amazed everyone with the array of surprising moves that were in front of that era. He would use his extra-quick hands and crossovers to go around the competition and attack the defense. When in the paint, he would get to the basket or dish it off to his open teammates for an easy deuce. He also displayed a nice touch from the mid-range.

After creating havoc on the defensive end, often hawking around the opposition guards, Iverson led the charge, blowing around everyone in the open floor and creating countless easy buckets.

One year later, in the 1993 Nike camp AI will be described as ‘too selfish’ by a number of his teammates.

Since he’s a point guard. I thought he’d at least try to look for his teammates. When we finally get the ball, we’ve got to force up shots.”

Ronnie Fields, Chicago Tribune

After two unforgettable NCAA seasons with the Georgetown Hoyas, the 1996 First Team All American was picked as the #1 overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1996 NBA draft.