Does the name Vinny Del Negro strike a bell? He played in the NBA for several years.
When Vinny was a high school senior, and Jim Valvano, coach of North Carolina State, was trying to recruit him, Valvano produced a fictitious video of an ACC championship game between the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State.
In the closing seconds of the game, Vinny Del Negro had the ball. The announcer said, "Del Negro puts up a shot. It's good! Del Negro wins the game! North Carolina State wins the ACC Championship!"
Vinny did go to North Carolina State, and four years later that is exactly what happened. There were 10 seconds left in the game. North Caroline State was down by one point, but they had the ball. Coach Valvano called time out.
He looked at De Negro and said, "Do you remember the video when you were a senior in high school?" Del Negro sank the shot, and North Caroline State won the ACC tournament.
Believing in someone is powerful.