1. He overcame a tumultuous childhood growing up in Hampton, Virginia to become a star athlete in high school.
He led the Bethel High School basketball team to a state title in 1993.
3. However, his athletic career seemed done when he received a fifteen-year prison sentence for allegedly hitting a woman with a chair in a brawl.
His trial, which was the subject of the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary No Crossover, was very controversial; many felt Iverson had been singled out without enough evidence. After serving four months in prison, Iverson was granted clemency by Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder.