I remember when Kobe Bryant was a phenom at Lower Merion High School, just outside of Philadelphia. There was a lot of controversy and second-guessing when he decided to forgo college and make himself available for the NBA Draft upon his graduation from high school.
The rest, as they say, is history. Obviously, he made the right decision.
Kobe died on January 26, 2020 when his private helicopter crashed in the hills above Calabasas, California. He was 41 years old.