The hard work paid off as he averaged 25 points per game in his last two years and was selected to the Mc Donald's All-American Team as a senior.
Following high school, he earned a basketball scholarship from North Carolina University where he would play under legendary coach Dean Smith.
As a youngster, Michael immediately became interested in sports.
However, it was baseball not basketball that was his first love.
Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brookyln, New York on February 17, 1963.
He was the fourth of five children born to James and Deloris.
In his first year, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year.
James Jordan was a mechanic and Deloris Jordan was a bank teller.
Soon after Michael's birth, James and Deloris felt that the streets of Brooklyn were unsafe to raise a family, so they moved the family to Wilmington, North Carolina.