At school, Auburndale High, McGrady immediately became a star in two sports. First of all, he loved baseball and wanted to play in the major leagues. Some coaches even predicted his career star. In parallel, Tracy played in the school and team basketball. In his first season at Auburndale he scored 23.1 points on 12.2 and he did rebounds per game.
But despite the excellent statistics, McGrady has not received adequate attention from the outside. The only schools that showed him interest, have been Miami and Florida.Dzho Hopkis, coach Mount Zion Christian Academy in North Carolina, learned about McGrady from Elvin Jones – the school basketball coach Kathleen High, located next to the Auburndale. Being in these parts, Joe met with Tracy and his family and offered him last year, finish my studies at Mount Zion.Tam Timakov and spent his final basketball season at the school. He was a great experience, and the Joe played a huge role in his life: "He's my support. Without Joe, I would not have happened ' – Said he was Treysi.Tak in this basketball season shkole.Sam McGrady spent at altitude. He helped the team win 20 wins, just for one defeat.
It was a record for Mount Zion. Tracy himself, as leader of the team, scored in average of 27.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, made by, 7.7 gears, 2.8 steals per game, with the percentage of hits: 56.4% – two-point, 38.9% – because of the three-point arc and 79.1% – from the foul line. He was named player of the year in North Carolina, according to 'USA Today'. By this time Tracy has already begun to receive attention from all the major schools of America, which previously did not notice. Himself after McGrady Mount Zion decided to go to college Kentucky, but they are already interested in several teams from the National Basketball Association. Before Tracy was not an easy choice, but ultimately he decided to play in the NBA.