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Zach LaVine Started Dating His Future Wife in High School
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Zach LaVine and LeBron James have something in common.

They are both Slam Dunk Contest legends; LaVine for winning two and LeBron for standing on the sidelines every year.

More than that, LaVine and LeBron have stayed with their high school sweethearts.

The Chicago Bulls guard is tying the knot with his in due time.

Zach LaVine’s Fiancée Hunter Mar

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Zach LaVine met his longtime girlfriend Hunter Mar when he attended Bothell High School in Bothell, Washington. Mar and LaVine stayed together while he played his lone season at UCLA. Mar played college soccer at Seattle University.

She followed him to Minneapolis when he was a first-round selection (No. 13 overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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The couple moved to Chicago when LaVine was traded to the Bulls in a deal that included sending Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, and LaVine to the Windy City for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton.

As a Bull, LaVine has become the team’s top offensive option.

In April 2020, in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak, the NBA player decided he was ready for the next step in his romantic life.

The American professional basketball player set up a photoshoot as a ruse for his proposal. He got down on one knee and popped the question with a modest diamond ring. They shared the news on social media.

LaVine’s Instagram (@zachlavine8) read:

“My everything❤️ I love you with all of me. It’s been a long time coming, been together since I was 17 !!! My first love and my FOREVER love. U with me forever 🥰🥰”

Their dog, Grizzly, kept watch magnificently. He’ll have to get his parents a special Valentine’s Day present next year.

Zach LaVine’s Basketball Career

Zach LaVine was born on March 10, 1995 in Renton, Washington to CJ and Paul LaVine. CJ was a softball player and Paul played professional football in the USFL and NFL.

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LaVine became interested in basketball after watching Michael Jordan’s screen-stealing performance in Space Jam. He was a huge fan of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant as well.

In his senior year at Bothell, the shooting guard averaged 28.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. A four-star recruit, he had interest from Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon State, Washington, and Washington State before choosing UCLA.

— NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2015)

— 2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion

— Pac-12 All-Freshman Team (2014)

— First-team Parade All-American (2013)

— AP Washington Player of the Year (2013)

— Washington Mr. Basketball (2013)

The Bulls star earned his most lucrative payday as a restricted free agent when the Sacramento Kings offered him a four-year, $80 million deal during the 2018 offseason. The Bulls matched the offer and he remained in Chicago.

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The shooting guard has become a high-volume scorer with the Bulls.

Whether in North Carolina to face the Charlotte Hornets, in Massachusetts to face the Boston Celtics, in New York City to face the Knicks, or in the nation’s capital to square off against the Washington Wizards, LaVine is geared for primetime on ESPN.

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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