"Gary Williams, who coached at Maryland from 1989 to 2011, first saw Garnett play on the summer grassroots circuit and said his intensity, especially on the defensive end, immediately stood out.“You didn’t have to be a genius,” Williams said. “The thing that separated Kevin in my mind was the effort he put out there on the court. Especially in AAU, (if) you see a great player who knows he’s going to be a great player, (he’ll often) go through the motions. With Kevin, that’s what I always thought separated him. Every time he took the court, how hard he played showed he really respected the game.”"