3. Earl "The Goat" Manigault
Accolades: Set the NYC Junior High School record by scoring 57 points in a game.
The Goat had the skills to become an Hall of Famer but his drug addiction led to prison stints and death at a relatively early age. Standing at 6'1", Manigault was dunking on legends like Connie Hawkins and Kareem on a regular basis at the Rucker. Kareem said himself that Earl was the best player he ever played against. His story was immortalized in the HBO movie, Rebound starring Don Cheadle as The Goat. He used his 52" vertical leap to grab money off the tops of backboards and reverse dunked 36 times to win a $60 bet. He dominated in high school and was recruited by the top colleges in the country. But, his heroin addiction didn't allow him to reach his potential. He died of heart failure at the age of 53 in 1998.