Metta World Peace's Basketball Journey Brings Him Back Home

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New York Beginnings

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World Peace was born Ronald Artest in New York's Queensbridge projects on November 13, 1979. Way before making his way into the NBA, World Peace played high school basketball at La Salle Academy and made a name for himself in college at St. Johns University.

He averaged 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.9 steals in 69 games over two seasons at St. John's and lead the Red Storm to a 50-19 record over that span. Some of his highlights included earning First-Team All-Big East accolades, being named a Third-Team All-American by the Associated Press, and being a finalist for a Wooden Award for the nation's best player.

After leading St. Johns to the NCAA Regional Finals during the 1998-99 season, he was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association District II Player of the Year. World Peace also played in some of New York City's high profile summer basketball tournaments at Nike Pro City, Hoops in the Sun at Orchard Beach, and Dyckman Park in Washington Heights. After such a prolific career in college, all that was left was getting ready to enter the NBA draft.

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