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Alex English, who played at Dreher High School from 1969-72, graduated from USC as the school’s all-time leading scorer and then played 15 years in the NBA. He was an eight-time NBA All-Star and inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997. (File/AP)

Will Zion Williamson be the best high school basketball player ever to come out of South Carolina?

That remains to be seen. But the rising senior at Spartanburg Day School appears to be on track to join the list of high school players from South Carolina who went on to become stars in the NBA.

Here's The Post and Courier's lineup of the best former high school basketball players from the state, listed in chronological order.

Alex English

High school: Dreher

Graduated: 1972

Height: 6-7

Position: Small Forward

The Skinny: After graduating from South Carolina as the school’s all-time leading scorer, English played 15 years in the NBA and was an eight-time NBA All-Star. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.

Larry Nance

High school: McDuffie

Graduated: 1977

Height: 6-10

Position: Power Forward

The Skinny: Nance played 13 seasons in the NBA for Phoenix and Cleveland. Nance's No. 22 jersey was retired by the Cavaliers. He was the first player to win the NBA Dunk competition in 1984.

Tyrone Corbin

High school: A.C. Flora

Graduated: 1981

Height: 6-6

Position: Small Forward

The Skinny: DePaul was one of the few Division I offers for Corbin coming out of high school. Corbin played 16 seasons in the NBA. He became head coach of the Utah Jazz in 2010 where he served until 2015. He is currently an assistant coach for Phoenix Suns.

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Xavier McDaniel, who played at A.C. Flora High School from 1979-81, played at Wichita State where he became the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in scoring and rebounding in a season (1984-85). He played 12 seasons in the NBA and was inducted in the college basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. (File/AP)

Xavier McDaniel

High school: A.C. Flora

Graduated: 1981

Height: 6-7

Position: Power Forward

The Skinny: McDaniel played at Wichita State where he became the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in scoring and rebounding in a season (1984-85). He was the fourth overall pick by Seattle in the 1985 NBA Draft. McDaniel played 12 seasons in the NBA and was inducted in the college basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Stanley Roberts

High school: Lower Richland

Graduated: 1989

Height: 7-0

Position: Center

The Skinny: Roberts played at LSU with Shaquille O’Neal for one season. He didn’t go directly to the NBA, instead playing in Spain one season in 1990-91. He was drafted by Orlando in 1991 with the 23rd overall pick, again getting teamed up with O’Neal. He played eight seasons in the NBA.

Larry Davis

High school: Denmark-Olar

Graduated: 1991

Height: 6-3

Position: Shooting Guard

The Skinny: Still holds the South Carolina record for most points in a single-season with 1,162 points during the 1991 season when he averaged more than 44 points a game. Davis signed with North Carolina, winning a national title in 1993, then transferred to South Carolina where he was a two-time All-SEC performer.

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Kevin Garnett (right) played 21 seasons in the NBA and was a 15-time NBA All-Star. He played at Mauldin High School from 1990-93. (File/AP)

Kevin Garnett

High school: Mauldin

Graduated: 1993

Height: 6-11

Position: Power Forward/Center.

The Skinny: Garnett played 21 seasons in the NBA and was a 15-time NBA All-Star and the 2004 MVP. Garnett did not attend college, going straight to the NBA where Minnesota drafted him with the No. 5 overall pick in 1995.

Jermaine O’Neal

High school: Eau Claire

Graduated: 1996

Height: 6-11

Position: Power Forward/Center

The Skinny: O’Neal didn’t attend college, going straight from high school to the NBA in 1996. He was the 17th overall pick by Portland and played 18 seasons in the NBA. He was a six-time NBA All-Star.

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Ray Allen, who played at Hillcrest-Dalzell High School from 1994-97, spent 18 seasons in the NBA and finished his career with the most three-pointers made in league history. (File/AP)

Ray Allen

High school: Hillcrest-Dalzell

Graduated: 1997

Height: 6-5

Position: Shooting Guard

The Skinny: Played 18 seasons in the NBA and finished his career with the most three-pointers made in league history. Allen was a 10-time NBA All-Star.

Raymond Felton

High school: Latta

Graduated: 2002

Height: 6-1

Position: Point Guard

The Skinny: Felton finished his high school career as the state’s all-time leading scorer with 2,992 points. He played at North Carolina and led the Tar Heels to a national title in 2005. He has played 12 seasons in the NBA, playing for the Los Angeles Clippers this past season.

Khris Middleton

Khris Middleton (22), who played at Porter-Gaud from 2006-09, is in the middle of a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks worth $70 million over five years. File/AP

Khris Middleton

High school: Porter-Gaud

Graduated: 2009

Height: 6-8

Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward

The Skinny: Middleton signed with Texas A&M coming out of high school and played for the Aggies for three seasons. He was taken with the 39th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by Detroit. He was traded to Milwaukee in 2013 where he currently plays. Middleton signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Bucks in 2017.

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