Pete Maravich, Basketball player
The prestidigitational shooter and ball handler from Clemson's Daniels High holds the NCAA record for career scoring (44.2 points per game, set at LSU) and was a five-time NBA All-Star. Pistol Pete died in 1988 at 40 of a heart attack suffered during a pickup game.
Art Shell, Football player
The 6'5", 265-pound Hall of Fame offensive lineman from Charleston won two Super Bowl rings with the Oakland Raiders, whom he later coached for six seasons. At Bonds-Wilson High, Shell was named all-state in football and basketball (in the latter, as a center).
Doc Blanchard, Football player
The Army fullback from Bishopville, known as Mr. Inside, was the first junior to win the Heisman, in 1945. Blanchard helped lead the Cadets to national titles in 1944, '45 and '46. A fighter pilot during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, he was cited for bravery.
Kevin Garnett, Basketball player
The high-scoring, shot-blocking 6'11" Timberwolves forward, a six-time All-Star, is from Mauldin. His 1995 jump from high school to the pros fueled the trend of players skipping college, and his six-year, $126 million deal in '97 helped lead to NBA salary limits.