TBT: Tim Duncan when he was just a draft prospect

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After five NBA championships, two MVP awards, 15 All-Star Games and 19 seasons with the Spurs, Tim Duncan decided it was time to call it a career.

Duncan has been around for so long, it's hard to believe he was ever anything other than San Antonio's star forward -- but, like all other players, there was a time when he was simply a draft prospect.

As a child living in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Duncan was actually a skilled swimmer. He switched to basketball around ninth grade and quickly attracted the attention of multiple colleges. Ultimately, he selected Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

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May 12, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) fights for position with Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the first quarter in game six of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
FEBRUARY 16: Tim Duncan #21 of the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons moves the ball during a NCAA game against the University Maryland Terrapins on February 16, 1994. Maryland won 81-54. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
UNKNOWN - CIRCA 1995: Tim Duncan #21 of Wake Forest Demon Deacons circa 1995. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
7 Mar 1997: Center Tim Duncan of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons stands on the court during a playoff game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Wake Forest won the game 66-65. Mandatory Credit: Dou
10 Mar 1996: Tim Duncan #21 of Wake Forest, MVP of the game, points to the cheering crowd as they cut down the nets prior to the Deamon Deacons defeated Georgia Tech 75-74 to repeat as ACC Champions of the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Gree
NEW YORK - 1997: Tim Duncan speaks to the media after being selected by the San Antonio Spurs at the 1997 NBA Draft in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by NBA Photos/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - 1997: Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs during a portrait shoot in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, UNITED STATES: Tim Duncan (L) of the San Antonio Spurs goes to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during game three of the NBA Western Conference Final 04 June 1999 at the Rose Garden in Portland, OR. The Spurs lead 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. ELECTRONIC IMAGE AFP PHOTO/Robert SULLIVAN (Photo credit should read ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO - 1999: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs kisses one of his trophies in celebration of their championship win circa 1999 at the SBC Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 1999 NBAE. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 7: San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) drives toward the basket for two points against Phoenix Suns center Oliver Miller (8) during the first period of their game in Phoenix 07 November, 1999. (Photo credit should read JEFF TOPPING/AFP/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS - 2000: Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves matches up against Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs during a 2000 NBA game at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2000 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 2001: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs grabs a rebound circa 2001 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
7 Apr 2001: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antionio Spurs looks to make a free throw during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. The Spurs defeated the Clippers 93-83.. NOTE TO USER: It is expressly understood that the only rights Allsport are offering to license in this Photograph are one-time, non-exclusive editorial rights. No advertising or commercial uses of any kind may be made of Allsport photos. User acknowledges that it is aware that Allsport is an editorial sports agency and that NO RELEASES OF ANY TYPE ARE OBTAINED from the subjects contained in the photographs.Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
14 Jan 2002: This is a close up of center Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs. The picture was taken during the NBA game against the New Jersey Nets at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Nets defeated the Spurs 99-97. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images
SAN ANTONIO - MAY 5: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs raises the Maurice Podoloff Trophy for Most Valuable Player awarded to Duncan in a ceremony before Game One against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2002 NBA Playoffs at SBC Center on May 5, 2003 in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs won 87-82. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Copyright NBAE 2003 (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
ATLANTA - FEBRUARY 9: The Western Conference All-Star team, Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs, Shaquille O'Neal #34 of the Los Angeles Lakers, Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets, Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks, Shawn Marion #31 of the Phoenix Suns, Gary Payton #20 of the Seattle SuperSonics, Peja Stojackovic #16 of the Sacramento Kings, Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers, Stephon Marbury #3 if the Phoenix Suns, Steve Nash of the Dallas Mavericks and Steve Francis #3 of the Houston Rockets pose for a portrait prior to the 2003 NBA All-Star Game on February 9, 2003 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/ NBAE/ Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 28: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots against Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the game at Staples Center on November 28, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 103-87. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 11: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs and Elton Brand #42 of the Los Angeles Clippers watch a free throw during the game on April 11, 2004 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO - DECEMBER 15: Tim Duncan # 21 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots over Tony Battie # 4 of the Orlando Magic during the game on December 15, 2004 at the SBC Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Chris Birck/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO - MARCH 4: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs looks to drive around Antonio Davis #34 of the Chicago Bulls on March 4, 2005 at the SBC Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Chris Birck/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - DECEMBER 25: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during the game against the Detroit Pistons on December 25, 2005 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Pistons won 85-70. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by D. Lippitt/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 6: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs drives to the hoop against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 6, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
ATLANTA - February 21: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs relaxes during a break in the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 21, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO - MAY 20: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs and Jarron Collins #31 of the Utah Jazz battle for a rebound in the first half of Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 20, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 10: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on with a smile during the game against the Boston Celtics at The TD Banknorth Garden on February 10, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics won 98-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: (L-R) Manu Ginobili #20, Tim Duncan #21, and Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs watch from the sidelines during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Spurs 99-85. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 15: Tim Duncan #21 of the Western Conference shoots over Dwight Howard #12 of the Eastern Conference during the 58th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend, at US Airways Center on February 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 16: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots free throws during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on December 16, 2009 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - JANUARY 16: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs and Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies fight for a rebound on January 16, 2010 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Feature photo of Spurs center Tim Duncan in action against the Lakers on Feb. 8, 2010. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after making a basket in the third quarter while taking on the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 14: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs stand during the National Anthem before Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 14, 2014 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 07: Manu Ginobili #20, Tim Duncan #21 and Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs sit on the bench during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on December 7, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- MAY 12: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2016 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Duncan stayed in college for a full four years and was twice named ACC Player of the Year. He also became the first player in NCAA history to reach 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 blocked shots and 200 assists.

In the 1997 draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected Duncan first overall. He remained with the team for his entire career and earlier this week, at 40 years old, announced his retirement.

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